Ray Harrington took time out of harvest to take me to his farm and show me the Harrington Seed destructor. Towed behind his combine it takes the chaff and crushes the seed. 98% of ryegrass seed travels through the chaff and is destroyed lowing the numbers. Seeing is believing and i was able to witness the process as he combined. As Ray explained its all a numbers game. Hopefully in the future this technology will be available as standard on combines through out the world. Good luck with Harvest Ray and thanks again for showing me.
Rob was building a chaff frame to deliver the ryegrass seeds in one place on his JD combines. Intergrated livestock enterprise in reliable country. Was trying new wheats with double any ear size i’d seen on any other Australian variety. You can blame Rob for this blog as he taught me how to do it. Rob kindly took me around his high standard farm and to kellie’s which im grateful. Look forward to seeing you in the UK.
I went to see Kellie shields at Gunwarrie who kindly hosted me with Rob Warburton 2010 Nuffield Scholar to see her operation and the combine Baler. This baler fitted behind a Lexion 480 with 12 metre header. This was exporting the ryegrass which is the australian Blackgrass equivalent. Excellent idea two jobs in one, would be interesting to see if it will work in the UK. They had a workshop i could only dream of. Good luck with Harvest Kellie.
Mark Wandel was mastering controlled traffic farming using John Deere Starfire. Working on a 9 metre system he was using an 18 metre seeder, 36 metre John Deere sprayer and had the first 36 metre weed seeker sprayer in WA which was some piece of kit. Used pre drilling it turns each nozzle on when it passes over a weed, saving vast amounts of chemical. Mark was using as seen in the picture a cyclone for the chaff, directly behind the wheel track. He was swathing barley when i arrived which i’ve never seen before. The swather honey bee header could deliver a swath in three places which helped with control traffic farming especially on headlands. Canola on the controlled traffic fields where doing 2.2 tonnes/ha but the headlands where doing 1.7 tonnes/ha, which shows the next step is headland controlled traffic. I would regard mark as a leader in controlled traffic farming.