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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.  

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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

 

 

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.