SMOOTH HARVEST BENEFITS
Good weather and few holdups meant most of the year 11 students at WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin had some time driving the header during the 2013 harvest
Farm manager, Brett Cox, said, "We were able to get the majority of the students on the header. "Some years this is difficult due to poor weather, breakdowns and other hold ups. We had a relatively trouble free harvest with no interruptions from harvest bans and only a couple of minor equipment issues," he said
"We were extremely pleased with our yields considering the bleak prospects in July. "While we weren't up there with some of the yields being quoted around the region, we were more than happy to achieve 2.7 t/ha for wheat; 2.9 t/ha for barley and 1.6 t/ha for canola. "These yields were achieved with a total rainfall for the year of 300mm and about 270mm of that in the growing season. "This is the best we have achieved by far in more than 12 years that I have been at the College. "Results like this make me want to do it all again next year!" Mr Cox said.
"Staff at the College deserve sincere thanks for their involvement in what is a complex operation that gives students hands on experience and qualifications in various farming operations. "It’s now time to regroup and do it all again in 2014," he said.
The instruction and hands on experience students receive during harvest contribute to a nationally recognized certificate in crop production that some receive at graduation.
Meanwhile, one of the College's year 11 students Laura-Kate Dymond from Northam, won a regional final of the ABC Heywire competition and will be one of three young people to represent WA at the youth summit in Canberra next month.
ABOVE: Year 12 student, Joshua West (Meckering), working as a sampler at the Cunderdin CBH site sampling a load of wheat on College truck. BELOW: A wheat crop being harvested at the College this season.