Early crop protection paying dividends at Snowtown
Story by Gregor Heard 5 Jun 2021, 1 p.m.
A FOCUS on protecting the crop in its vulnerable stages just after germinating is paying dividends in South Australia's Mid North.
Snowtown grain producers Simon and Nick McCormack make sure they have their seed treatments on to combat both insect and disease pressure and have said it has made a difference in getting good early vigour in crops.
This year, with a dry start, keeping plants as healthy as possible will be even more important to ensure yield is not lost come harvest time.
"We've had about 30mm in the past fortnight or so, with 20mm in one rain about a week ago, but now you would not even know it has rained," Simon said.
The farm, a fifth generation family enterprise going back to 1873 which the brothers operate in conjunction with father Paul, features a wide variety of soils from sandy loams to iron-rich heavier red soils.
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Snowtown's old Wind Farm 1
is unable to add a new big battery
The head of one of Australia’s leading renewable energy developers has expressed frustration at his company’s inability to obtain approval to add a big battery to one of its operating wind farms in South Australia.
Tilt Renewables – subject to an agreed $2.8 billion takeover offer from the Powering Australia Renewables Fund and Mercury NZ – has been looking for several years if it can add a battery to its Snowtown wind complex in South Australia, where it still owns the 101MW Snowtown 1 wind farm.
But CEO Deion Campbell says the company has effectively been told by the local transmission company ElectraNet that it will not be possible without significant modelling and an adjustment to the project’s generator performance standard (GPS).
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Curries bring tourists and truckies to Snowtown
Snowtown Roadhouse owner Charat Singh serves local Peter Ebsary his best seller, butter chicken, of which he sells almost 200 kilograms a week.
New Loch-Eel monster emerges in Mid North town of Lochiel
The Mid North town of Lochiel has a new monster on the prowl – but the iconic landmark it replaces isn’t retiring just yet.
Michelle Etheridge Regional Editor Messenger/Advertiser March 19, 2021
Lochiel has a new monster, but its much-loved old one isn’t retiring any time soon.
The Loch-Eel monster, named by the Lochiel Progress Association, is part of a $450,000 Lake Bumbunga tourism project managed by Wakefield Regional Council.
Port Broughton mechanic Wayne Dennis built the fibreglass sculpture over about 12 months. It was built around a stainless steel rod, also using wire mesh, and installed this week.
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$2.75 billion bid for Tilt
by Michael Mazengarb & Giles Parkinson 15 March 2021
AGL Group buys Snowtown Wind Farm 1
Owner of Snowtown Wind Farm 1, Australian-New Zealand renewables developer Tilt Renewables, is to be bought for $2.75 billion by the AGL Energy backed Powering Australian Renewables fund and New Zealand utility Mercury NZ.
Through the deal, the Tilt Renewables business will effectively be split up, with the Australian and New Zealand parts of the business being acquired by different members of the takeover consortium.
The takeover offer for Tilt’s Australian business has been launched by Powering Australian Renewables, a partnership between energy giant AGL Energy (20 per cent), Queensland government-owned investment group QIC (40 per cent) and the federal government’s Future Fund (40 per cent).
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The Hummocks sheep run, or Hummocks station, was very important in the development of the area and the founding of Snowtown.
1842: John Ellis,
1870: Robert Barr Smith
1873: The Michael Family
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The Snowtown wind farm is the second largest operating wind farm in the state and the second largest in the nation, supplying the equivalent of 10 per cent of South Australia's electricity.
Locals see Snowtown as the wind energy capital of the state of South Australia.
Clare's quarrier and transporter SC Heinrich & Co have won the contract to supply quartz gravel for the first stage of the Port Wakefield to Port Augusta Duplication work, which will duplicate the Augusta Highway from Port Wakefield to Lochiel.
The Quarry will be built into Illawarra Hill by Boundary Creek from Wokurna Road, in the Barunga Range, and
noise and transportation will impact four surrounding homesteads,
when the project begins in 2022.
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