agriculture

Lady Beetles fly in to save the day

Yesterday we had Bugs for Bugs visit to help implement biological control program into Organic Cereals. David Loxley from Bugs for Bugs will be working alongside our allAG girls over the winter cropping season on a pilot program with lady beetles and lace wing insects to aid in control of aphids in organic cereal crops. 

This pilot program will focus on the role of insects as a biological control option in organic crops.  The pilot program will consist of a trial on organic wheat and barley crops. Initially there will be trial sites where a specific number of insects are released. The insects will be monitored and results collected to aid Bugs for Bugs ready for a commercial release of insects later in the season. 

 Lacewings - Mallada Signata 

Larvae of the green lacewing are wide-ranging predators that will attack and eat almost any small insect or eggs. Lace wing larvae are particularly effective at controlling aphids, attack mealybigs, greenhouse whitefly, thrip, two spotted mite, small caterpillars and moth eggs.  

Ladybird beetles - Harmonia conformis

These native ladybird beetles are a new biocontrol product. The adult and larvae feed on aphids and whitefly.  

Keep updates with all our adventures by following allAG Instagram!!  

 

Pruning season, are you organised?

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Winter is the best time to prune deciduous fruit trees. The aim of pruning trees is to encourage the tree to produce good quality fruit that is a good size and rich in colour and taste! Good orchard or garden hygiene is very important. After you’ve finished pruning dispose of old, rotten or unwanted plant material as these could harbor disease. 

Key Tips!! 

Invest in good quality tools 

  • Pruning saw
  • Loppers
  • Clippers
  • Thick gloves

Timing 

  • Winter is the perfect time for pruning deciduous trees 
  • Never prune when the tree is flowering, always before or after

Good Pruning promotes long term growth 

  • An average of 25% of wood removed is a happy medium
  • Always remove dead wood first - they harbor disease
  • Remove broken branches, they aren't able to hold fruit. Open wounds are the perfect spot for infection to begin.  
  • Remove any branches that are rubbing or crossing other branches as they leave these areas of the tree open to disease. 
  • Removal of low hanging branches increases fruiting opportunities for other branches.
  • Opening up the tree, removing any branches in the center of tree that are restricting growth and sunlight. Trees need plenty of sunlight to encourage fruit growth! 

In our store we offer a mixture of affordable and high quality products, all of which we stock and sell spare parts that can be serviced and replaced ! If you've got something that needs fixing call in and get Dane or Tore to help you out!

We are excited to announce we're started stocking new Kamikazee range from GRUPOSANZ. Kamikazee are Japanese manufactured blades of high quality at an affordable price!

Call into 20 Nyah road and see our friendly staff for all your servicing needs and advice this pruning season. We're here to help you with all your queries, so don't hesitate to give us a call! 

We stock a large range of products that are suitable for commercial enterprises and the home garden. 

Brands we stock  

all-AG Consulting

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all-AG Consulting & Technical Services is an independent consulting business that operates alongside Swan Hill Chemicals. We specialise in an array of summer and winter cropping both dry land and irrigated. We work with our clients to build a unique consulting experience that’s tailored to their specific enterprise. 

We provide our clients with whole farm plans detailing individual crop templates and recommendations based on in field monitoring. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of technology use in agriculture. We utilise NDVI  / intra-red satellite imagery, on farm pest surveillance monitoring and application tools that collaborate data which is accessible in field.

Our team of agronomists come with a wealth of knowledge and eagerness to learn. We incorporate on the job training for all our staff and encourage them to think outside the square and grow with their clients. 

 For all your winter cropping needs check out our seasonal consulting packages, these can be accessed by e-mailing one of our advisors.  Programs can be tailor made to suit your business. Our programs include up to date information about new and emerging chemicals, technology updates and industry field days.

If you’d like to discuss what options we can provide your business or receive a quote please contact us via e-mail.  

Our services 

  • Farm planning
  • Agronomy services
  • In crop monitoring
  • Satellite imagery 
  • UAV technology
  • Soil and leaf analysis
  • Pest management
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Our Team

Natalie Ercket, Johanna Morgan, Charleton Glenn

EXCITING JOB OPPORTUNITY


An opportunity exists for someone who enjoys practical and manual work to join our warehousing and dispatch team as a storeperson / deliver driver. 

The applicant will be responsible primarily for the receival, dispatch and storage of goods on our Nyah Rd and Stradbroke Ave Warehouses, but also some on farm and interbranch deliveries. 

Prospective applicants need to be physically fit and have an eye for detail regarding stock control. Good organisational and computer skills are essential. Previous warehousing and dispatch experience will be looked upon favourably. A current forklift licence is preferred but not essential, heavy rigid truck licence and dangerous goods licence would be highly advantageous. 

All application, resumes or further inquiries for a detailed job descriptions to be directed to. 

The Operations Manager, 

brian@shc.com.au 

0427 331 467

20 Nyah Road, Swan Hill 3585

 

 

Grain Hog Bag Filler

Farmers looking to invest in on farm storage this harvest, come into Swan Hill Chemicals and check out our latest Grain Bagging Machines! 

Features include:

  • Hydraulic lift 
  • 2 in Ram (10 tonne lifting capacity)
  • Quick release tray 
  • Disc Brakes 
  • 2 sets of adjustable turnbuckles for angling the machine when in use
  • Vinyl covers for grain spillage 
  • Quick release flap under hopper to disperse water (if raining)
  • All  terrain tyres
  • Direct drive for PTO 
  • Adjustable arm for tightening / loosening the bag 
  • Adjustable arm for the braking system 
  • 2 poles for opening hopper lid / rain covers 

Inquires: Wayne Hazel 

  • Mobile: 0427 596 415
  • E-mail: wayne@shc.com.au 
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Fostering client relationships

Tuesday 9th May 2017

On the banks of Lake Boga over a BBQ lunch administration staff from Swan Hill Chemicals and Kilter Rural came together to foster their working relationship.

A lunch put on by SHC staff welcomed Kilter Rural’s administration team from Bendigo along with farm staff from their Lake Boga farm to engage and meet SHC staff. The luncheon provided staff from both companies with the opportunity to put faces to names and build relationships with people who they have previously only known a voice.

The outing included a tree planting activity for Kilter Rural Staff to have a first hand experience of what’s happening on the ground at farm level and get their hands dirty. SHC administration team were privy to a farm tour from in-house broadacre agronomists. Staff were lucky enough to witness the beginning of picking cotton, some even getting a front row view from inside the picker. They were shown winter crops for 2017 as crop emergence is visible now and also got an insight into the operations of the plum orchard and the value adding process that occurs.

Overall a successful day fostering relationships and educating all members of our staff not only in the office but in the field as well.  

Chislett Farm field day

Friday 5th May 2017

Every year Chislett Farms open their doors and invited the public in. They showcase and share their love of citrus farming and success with variety M7. Friday 5th May farm gates at Kenley were opened up to 30+ citrus growers and professionals from across Sunraysia and Murray valley growing regions.

Our horticulture team were fortunate to attend the day. Greg Chislet covered a range of topics including the planting process, rootstock compatibility, crop manipulation, and 2017 market potential & crop forecast. Growers were offered a taste test of two variety M7 and Navalina to showcase differences.

After the presentation orchard manager, took the group on a tour around the orchard, stopping off at multiple blocks including oranges, mandarins and lemons. After the orchard tour the SHC boys fired up BBQ and cooked lunch. The day concluded with an incite into breeding program and tour of nursery showcasing genetics that chislets have been so successful in producing.