October 2016

Looks like we will be lighting fires for a little longer yet. We have lighters, matches, fire starters, and fire starter gel and eco logs still available.
Norton Gates have a representative available to help design a stock yards that will suit your farm and stock needs best.
It has been quiet a season for cattle with lice. Come in and speak to the boys regarding treatment plans. We have all treatments available. Once again with the wet weather it might be a good idea to think about drenching for worms again.
Good time to spray your earwigs and millipedes all it would take is 1 warm day and the blow flies will be back, come in and get your insecticide, and fly catchers now.

Sheep News

Coopers now have a new range of sheep yards, sheep panels, blind panels, drafting gates in stock. Portable ramps will be in stock shortly. Please contact Bronte for pricing and orders. If you have a moment this is a great article about drenching sheep, which is ideal with this wet weather. http://www.wormboss.com.au/news/articles/drenches/use-the-right-dose-of-drench-under -andoverdosing-and-implications-for-drench-resistance.php

Garden News

New summer seedlings are in stock, it is recommended that before planting seedlings to soak them for 10 minutes in a seaweed solution (seasol) then drain in the shade for 1 hour before planting. Don’t forget to plant your tomatoes!

Agronomy News

Viticulture- speak to Craig and Anthony regarding supply of Copper and Sulphur, as there has been a higher demand due to the recent rains. Make sure you have your orders in. Broad acre – Speak to Bronte about ordering in your silage and net wrap now – still looking like a good season!

Rainfall Charts

Bronte Simounds Mt Pleasant 2016 Rain Fall Chart: September: 151ml Year to Date: 633ml This time last year: 368ml  

Kerry Clark’s Mt Torrens 2016 Rain Fall Chart: September: 186ml Year to Date: 800ml (approx.) This time last year: 443ml

Two football players, Bubba and Tiny, were taking an important exam. If they failed, they would be on academic probation and not allowed to play in the big game the following week.
The exam was “fill in the blank” and the last question read, “Old MacDonald had a_____.” Bubba was stumped -- he had no idea what to answer, but he knew he needed to get this one right to be sure he passed.
Making sure the professor wasn't watching, he tapped Tiny in the shoulder. “Tiny, what's the answer to the last question?” Tiny laughed, then looked around to make sure the professor hadn't noticed. He turned to Bubba and said, “Bubba, you're so stupid. Everyone knows that Old MacDonald had a FARM.”
“Oh yeah,” said Bubba, “I remember now.” he picked up his No. 2 pencil and started to write the answer in the blank. Then he stopped. Tapping Tiny on the shoulder, he whispered, “Tiny, how do you spell farm?”
“You are really dumb, Bubba. that's so easy,” hissed Tiny, “farm is spelled ‘E-I-E-I-O’.”

As spring has arrived it's time to lock up the paddocks for hay and apply Booster fertilisers. Booster fertilisers combine nitrogen with other key nutrients essential for plant growth.

As well as increasing dry matter production, Booster fertilisers can help improve the quality of hay and silage produced. Consider the type of pasture or fodder being fertilised. Legumes require adequate potassium levels to thrive and persist in the pasture.

Apple Booster fertilisers in late winter and early spring 6-8 weeks prior to harvest, ideally prior to rain.

Hay Booster is available in bulk containers, bulka bags and 25kg bags

Common rates are: 100kg/ha



N 11.7%     P 4.7%     K 23.9%     S 4.6%


A specially blended NPKS fertiliser for hay paddocks and pastures with a higher legume content.

  • Best applied when closing up paddocks to bulk up the pasture quickly and grow better quality hay.
  • Excellent for boosting the growth of sub-clovers, because of potassium supplied.
  • Helpful in speeding up the recovery of pastures after cutting.

 If you would like more helpful information of Booster fertilisers please come in and speak to our friendly staff in store or give them a call. 

Redlegged Earth Mite



The redlegged earth mite (RLEM) is a major pest of pastures, crops and vegetables in South Australia. RLEM feed on all growth stages from seedlings to leaves and flowers, they have very short mouthparts and feed in the surface layers of the leaf, causing a silvering which can look like frost.

RLEM feeding can result in production loss throughout all stages of annual legume growth in pastures and crops. Seedlings are particularly vulnerable because they can be killed from this feeding and in annual legume growth will not be replaced.


Autumn sprays:

Controlling first generation RLEM before they have a chance to lay eggs is the only effective way to avoid the need for a second spray. Pesticides should be applied within three weeks of the first appearance of mites, before the adults begin to lay their eggs.

Spring sprays:

Research has shown that one accurately timed spring spray can significantly reduce populations of RLEM the following autumn. This approach works by killing the mites before they start producing eggs in mid-late spring and when there are no eggs left to hatch. Tools such as TIMERITE® can help farmers identify the optimum date for spraying in their area.

If you would like more information on RLEM control or an assessment of your property please ask one of our friendly staff in store.