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Grain Farmers Hope to Plant Early

11 April 2012

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA - About three million hectares of broad acre crops like wheat, canola, and lentils are expected to be planted across Victoria this coming season.

And some grain farmers in northern Victoria are starting early to try and take advantage of the moist soil, left over from late summer rains, reports ABCRural.

Ron Hards, from the Millewa, west of Mildura, says today is his target start date.

"Yeah, we're ready to go and I think it will be okay there's a fair bit of subsoil moisture. In fact, I think quite a lot of it will germinate," he said.

"So hopefully we can get some crop up and away, and the weather stays cool, and we'll get some more rain and it'll be good."

However, grain seeding in the South Australian Mallee has been delayed because of a sudden increase in weeds.

Some farmers were hoping to sow this week to take advantage of soil moisture.

But Theo Kaisler, from Loxton North, says weeds are also taking advantage of the good growing conditions.

"The moisture was fine, there was enough warmth in the air, and we never really had cold nights, and it just went crazy," he said.

"And the last probably ten days we've really noticed them just explode."

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