PADDOCK VISIT: Brinkworth cropper Justin Wundke received a visit from wife Beck and one-year-old daughter Imogen when he was out spraying weeds recently.
BRINKWORTH cropper Justin Wundke was quick to get out and spray weedsafter the severe storms last week subsidedand the sun came out.
TELLTALE SIGNS: Russian wheat aphid-affected crops show symptoms of leaf curling and streaking. Growers are advised to consult with a specialist before spraying.
With wife Beck, parents Dennis and Karen and brother Bradley, Justin crops 2200 hectares of owned, sharefarmed and leased land, and runs a 500-ewe prime lambenterprise.
Justin said crop growth was slightly later than last yeardue to a dry start, but he has received 135 millimetres in the growing season and220mm for the year.
“Our crops are set up for a good spring, so hopefully it’sa good one,” he said.
This weekJustin was out top-dressing crops with urea, while on the look-out for Russian wheat aphids.
“Thankfully the recent cold, wet weather has slowed activity, so there are only low levels,” he said.
Justin said he was taking the“wait and see approach” until spring –a direction encouraged by SARDI.
If spraying is then required, he plans to useaphicide Pirimor,as it was less harmfulto beneficialinsects.
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