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FAVOURABLE weather con-
ditions for local farmers could
dry up in the coming months
with an El Niño event likely to
develop this year.
The Bureau of Meteorology has
issued an El Niño alert this month,
forecasting a 70 per cent chance
of the weather event developing in
An El Niño is a weather pattern
featuring unusually warm ocean wa-
ter surface temperatures, which is
associated with below-average rain-
fall in some parts of Australia.
Steady rainfall throughout the
year and an unseasonably warm
May have created ideal conditions
for grain and legume growers in the
Freeling farmer Daniel Schus-
ter said last month's temperatures,
which strayed into high 20 degrees
territory, saw crops spring up within
"They shot out of the ground in
the week," he said.
"The trick is the warmth of the
soil, that's what speeds up the ger-
"As the soil gets cooler, it takes
longer and longer to germinate...
when it gets cold, it can be 10 to 14
Mr Schuster said with the ground
already rich in subsoil moisture, the
past week's showers have topped up
the soil well.
"It's just perfect, a nice steady rain
so it's not washing or eroding any
paddocks so every bit is going into
But he feared the developing pos-
sibility of an El Niño could turn
around the past months' progress.
"Because the crops have taken
off so quick and because they're so
thick...they've got so much available
moisture, they'll bulk up really fast,"
"If it dries off later on it's going to
be twice as bad, because there's a lot
Climatologist Alex Evans said if
an El Niño event occurs it could re-
sult in warmer and drier than aver-
age conditions for local farmers.
"The signal is not so strong for
that part but there is a tendency
(for) below-average (rainfall), par-
ticularly for winter and spring rain-
fall," he said.
Freeling farmer Daniel Schuster welcomes the rain, which fell across the
region last week.
PHOTO: Natalie Vikhrov
No, no, El Niño
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Young farmers hope to grow connections
YOUNGER generations work-
ing in agriculture say they are
facing a growing divide be-
tween the industry and urban
"We call it that country-city
divide," Barossa Young People in
Agriculture's Corey Ryan said.
"The Barossa is almost becoming
more city with so much residential
stuff happening, the farmers con-
tinue to hang around the farmers.
"Town people continue to hang
around town people, whereas 50
years ago they'd mingle all togeth-
But the young farmers and in-
dustry members are working to
bridge the gap through the young
people in agriculture group, which
met in Greenock last week.
Around 25 people attended the
event last Friday, which started
with a tour of chaff suppliers
Nitschke Chaff & Freight, before
a social gathering at the local tav-
Mr Ryan, who works for J.T.
Johnson & Sons export depart-
ment, said the events were an im-
portant part of connecting people
in the agricultural community and
giving others who may be inter-
ested in getting a glimpse into the
"We'd love to get both involved,"
"Even someone that lives in Ta-
nunda, that wonders what does
a farmer do. . .they are more than
welcome to attend these events
and find out."
Mr Ryan, 31, said stigma around
the industry often drives potential
newcomers away but there was
more to working in agriculture
than driving a tractor.
"There's lots of freight, there's
lots of international jobs, there's
exporters in the region, whether
it's hay or whether it's wine," he
-- Natalie Vikhrov
The Barossa is
almost becoming more city
with so much residential
stuff happening, the farmers
continue to hang around the
Barossa Young People in Agriculture's
Corey Ryan at Nitschke Cha and
Freight, where young people working in
the agriculture industry gathered for a
tour last Friday. PHOTO: Natalie Vikhrov
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