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Cereal har vest well under way
A JUMP in crop prices is expected to
help local farmers yield favourable re-
turns this harvest.
Mallala farmer Jim Franks said a dry
spring has quashed some of the grain yield
potential this year, but local growers will re-
ceive better prices for their yields.
The crop's export value has been estimat-
ed at $2.2 billion.
Mr Franks said wheat was around $30 up
from last year, while barley was around $60
up per tonne.
"Our yields are down but the price is up,"
"Having said that, we're really thankful
to be getting anything at all with the dry
spring that we had."
Despite producing lower wheat yields,
Mr Franks said his barley and lentil yields
Primary Industries and Regions SA crop
and pasture report for November estimat-
ed the grain crop will produce 7.5 million
Storage company Viterra has also report-
ed a record-breaking start to November af-
ter farmers began harvest early this season.
Since the start of the month, six of Viter-
ra's sites, including Two Wells, have set daily
Mr Franks credited modern farming
techniques for good yield production in dry
"It's a great credit to our breeders nowa-
days, that have bred varieties that are some-
what drought-tolerant," he said.
Mr Franks expects to finish harvesting
GAWLER parents are being re-
minded to enrol their children
into VacSwim programs this
summer, with online enrolments
closing in five weeks.
The programs will be run in Janu-
ary at the Gawler Aquatic Centre
and feature 'AquaSafe' levels one to
six.Level one, Octopus, is for be-
ginners and focuses on basic water
familiarisation, buoyancy and flota-
tion, as well as water safety.
The levels go all the way through
to level six, Shark, which focuses on
advanced underwater skills, feet-
first surface diving, entries and exits,
water safety and water rescue.
A Gawler Aquatic Centre spokes-
person said the centre received
around 250 enrolments last sum-
mer and expected enrolments to be
around the same level this summer.
With this summer predicted to be
one of the hottest on record, the pool
or the beach will become a favourite
location among many locals.
With more than 40 per cent of
drowning deaths in Australia in-
volving people under the age of 30,
VacSwim exists to teach younger
generations to intervene or avoid
these unfortunate situations.
If you want to enrol your child in
VacSwim or for more information
about the program visit their web-
Swim school important
Cooling o at Gawler Aquatic Centre by taking swimming lessons are, from
back left, Tahlia Winters, Ocea Winters, Dylan Harding, front, Orah Winters.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
" JIM FRANKS
Our yields are down
but the price is up. Having said
that, we're really thankful to be
getting anything at all with the
dry spring that we had.
2015's South Australian's
of the year
SOUTH Australia's Australian of the Year
Awards were presented last week in a ceremony
at the Adelaide Oval.
The four award winners were announced by SA
Governor Hieu Van Le and Premier Jay Weatherill.
The winners were: South Australian of the Year
-- Dr Gill Hicks (Wayville); Senior South Australian
of the Year -- John Swan (Millswood); Young South
Australian of the Year -- Kristin Carson (Somerton
Park); Local Hero -- Vince Coulthard (Port Augus-
ta).Australia Day Council of South Australia chair
Adriana Christopoulos said the winners "are an
amazing group of people pushing the boundaries of
excellence for the greater good of our state and our
The SA winners will join recipients from other
states and territories as finalists for the national
awards in January next year.
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