Life On Our Outback Farm

Sowing Our Winter Crops Here on the Farm

Being a farmer, no matter what country you live in, requires faith, hard work and resilience.  If you saw one of my first ever blog posts back in 2018 What Drought Looks Like on Our Farm  you saw how devastating the effects of drought can be.  Well in the first five months of 2020 we’ve received 80% of our average yearly rainfall and the grazing and farming paddocks have responded beautifully!  And I’m happy to say that for the first time in three long years, we’ve been able to sow winter crops in all 3,800 acres of our farming country!  Today I’d like to show you a little of what’s involved with sowing our crops.

We first sowed at our second farm which entailed taking all the equipment, i.e. tractor, air seeder, trucks and grain in a convoy and then back home again to start sowing here.  It takes around six or seven hours to make this trip (it only takes an hour and a half in a car, minus the equipment).

Taking Seeder to Bunna Downs from Dorrieville


Three of the most exciting times on the farm are shearing  See Post , sowing and harvest See Post .   Here you can see the augers lined up waiting to fill the truck with seed that will in turn go into the air seeder which will plant the seed.


The grain is going through the auger into the truck.  It’s a reddish color because it’s been pickled to keep disease out of it.


You’ve got to have a pretty large tractor to pull the air seeder!


Luckily this sowing season we didn’t have any major mechanical break downs.  Here are my boys discussing adjusting the press wheels.


We use a farming practice called “no till” which helps conserve the much needed moisture in the farming paddocks.  So you can see here that we’re sowing into the existing stubble from a previous crop.


This paddock has been partially sown.  Gaps were left to make it easier for the tractor and air seeder to turn around for the next lap.  They went back and filled in these spaces.


Again you can see the existing stubble.


Barring breakdowns, we strive to sow around the clock.  This means someone on the day shift (this year it was my son) and someone on the night shift (my husband and another fellow that worked for us for a few days).  Rain was forecast so it was necessary to get the grain in as quickly and efficiently as possible.


We’ve planted barley and wheat this year and here is a portion of the barley crop just starting to emerge.


Now we just have to wait until November/December for our crops to be ready to harvest.  In the meantime I’ll be doing a lot of praying and finger crossing!


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