Whether it be sugar and starch, cotton or corn, crops are key in providing food for humans and fodder for livestock. We’ve got farmers to thank for the clothes on our back and the food on our plate. But the journey from farm to table can be a bumpy ride, which Aussie farmers know first-hand.
If one thing’s for sure, the Australian agriculture industry is one tough cookie, having developed great resilience from the extended drought, devastating bushfires and the current COVID-19 global pandemic. Being a farmer is unpredictable at the best of times and being an Aussie farmer can be even more complicated. In the immortal words of Forest Gump - “(Farmer) life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get” - or something along those lines. We take a look at the current situation for farmers, the impacts of the pandemic, the sources of help available to farmers and how you can manage your risk to protect your farm.
We've all experienced some side effects of the recent heatwave across our great state - sleepless nights, occasional power outages as our power grid struggles to keep up with our air conditioners, cars, people and animals overheating and getting sunburned... but did you know grapes could get sunburned, too?
With some record breaking warm weather, there are additional risks that the vines could die or grapes can shrivel prematurely (the cells inside the grape start to die, reducing the grape's capacity to hold water) or burn in the hot sun.