Severe frost damages Southern Australia crops – Video

Farmers call emergency meeting – Huge turnout shows the scale of the problem.

21 frosts in 27 days

Frost isn’t normally an issue until spring, says this video, but the severe winter has hit the wheat and pulse crops particularly hard.

University of Adelaide trying to find ways to frost-proof their crops.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-29/frost-blights-sa-crops/5707320
Thanks to Sultanaman for this link

“Not just cooler in the North,” says Sultanaman.


8 thoughts on “Severe frost damages Southern Australia crops – Video”

  1. Based on the knowledge and research that “Global Warming” required that the farmers to plant a hot weather resistant variety as opposed to a more frost resistant variety, perhaps there is a tort opportunity in here with regards to deliberate “Homogenization” of empirical data sets that illustrated Warming when in fact the unaltered empirical data sets indicate the exact opposite is taking place. Nice…

  2. dunno where they got “not an issue till spring” idea.
    I used to live near there..and I would all too often have to use a rock or stick to bash through half an inch of ice on my ducks water bowls anytime from july/aug onwards. in the valley town area itself, I remember going home at midday and the frost was still white all along the shaded side of the shed!and remember some absolute devastating dry frosts in october! just as the seedlings were ready or had just been planted out. 🙁

  3. ps:-0 just where? i wonder are they going to find a frost tolerant cool climate crop…thats also going to manage to handle the near 50c summers they also get ound there?
    Sth Aus is one of the smarter states(so far) with a NO GMO moratorium still holding

  4. University of Adelaide trying to find ways to frost-proof their crops.

    Unfortunately all research for the last 20+ years has been on how to mitigate the effects of a warming climate. The few sceptical voices have been ignored and this is the inevitable result, crops which are no good in a cooling climate.

  5. Seems like this would be early spring down under. Its equal to the first of March here. Sounds like the farmers have become used to not having frost during a peak warm cycle and now that the weather is generally cooler they will need to plant later.

    • The big problem is too many farmers plant too early, the seedlings get wiped out and there goes the seed stock for the year.

      It happened here in North Carolina. We had a hot dry spell in September one year and it wiped out all the grazing rye and there was no seed left to replant the fields for winter grazing.

      • Mike & Gale
        Correct – spring began here Sept 1st. Unlike N.American wheat (spring wheat planted after the melt) OZ wheat is winter wheat and must be planted by mid autumn for a proper growing season. It grows through winter for harvest in Nov/Dec in the south. The south is also a winter rainfall zone. If they plant any later than autumn, the wheat dies of heat and thirst long before maturity. Much harder growing conditions here than in US/Canada/Europe. These late frosts are preventing the wheat from setting grain in the head.
        Cheers

  6. Devils in the snow. Hell freezing over? http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2533388/snow-at-barrington-tops-in-spring-photos/?cs=303
    BARRINGTON-based Tasmanian devil breeding centre Devil Ark has reported 20cm of snowfall on Wednesday morning. The centre, which houses almost 200 devils in a bid to help the species survive a facial cancer epidemic in their home state, sits 1350m above sea level. Snow has dusted the Barrington Tops on the third day of spring, with widespread falls closing the Barrington Tops Forest Road and making travel through the area dangerous. A blanket roughly six inches (15cm) deep has fallen across a fairly widespread area two days into spring.
    Motorists are urged to exercise caution due to severe ice and slipper roads, with Barrington Tops Forest Road closed due to the conditions.
    The road is closed from Devils Hole to The Firs in Barrington Tops National Park due to loose snow.

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