November 2019 SeedSense newsletter - Hannaford

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November 2019 SeedSense newsletter - Hannaford

Transcript Of November 2019 SeedSense newsletter - Hannaford

November 2019

L–R: Brett Heath, Pat Foley, Joe Liebenberg, Damian Kelly, Sheldon & Ebony Miller, Graham Derrington, Mick Coleman, Luke Derrington and Dave Armstrong.

The opportunity to return to their grassroots, work with farmers again and run their own business with franchisor support has been the motivation for Damian and Sidony Kelly to join Hannaford, servicing the Berrigan, Finley, Deniliquin, Jerilderie, Corowa and Tocumwal regions of NSW.
A fifth generation farmer from Euroa in NE Victoria and with strong experience as a diesel mechanic and rural contractor, Damian loves working with machinery and spending time with farmers.
In recent years, Damian and Sidony ran a local fertiliser supply business and the couple still maintain a share-farm block at Bundalong, near Yarrawonga.
With a family steeped in farming history and experience working in a range of farm businesses, Joe Liebenberg is looking forward to supporting growers throughout WA’s central midlands region.

Joe is the son of a ninth generation farmer still farming today in the Western Cape of South Africa. He and Dominque moved to the Wongan-Ballidu Shire in 2006, where Joe started on a pig farm, has since worked on grain farms, and more recently managing a grain and sheep property.
Hannaford also welcomes Sheldon and Ebony Miller as the new seed treatment specialists in the Southern Cross, Narembeen, Hyden, Kellerberrin and Mukinbudin areas.
No strangers to cropping, Sheldon previously farmed at Wickepin and Narembeen with his father, where Ebony’s family also farmed, and later near Kukerin. After a number of years working in Albany, Sheldon and Ebony are excited about returning to their roots at Narembeen and looking after growers in the eastern wheatbelt of WA.
We wish them all well for the coming season and for many more to come.

Meet our new Franchisees
Stored seed insect control
What root issue do I have in my cereal crop?
2019/2020 Seed Treatment Guide
Rancona Dimension label extended
Franchisee Focus Mick & Denise Coleman
Retaining seed in a dry & frosty year

cover P 2 P 3 P 4–5 P 4–5 P 6 P 7


Seasonal Update

2019 has seen a welcome commitment from our new parent company UPL, who invested in two more new machines for the Hannaford fleet only months after taking over Arysta LifeScience globally.
Customers will benefit from the new high capacity seed grading and treatment machines and the flow-down of high capacity equipment as our fleet upgrade program continues.
In this edition we shine a light on one of Hannaford’s longest standing franchisees. And apparently you can teach an old dog new tricks, as they take on a brand new Hannaford machine this season, in this their fourth decade in the business.
From ‘oldest’ to newest, Hannaford welcomes three new franchisees this year, who after a successful induction and training, are ready to look after you in their respective regions this season.
In this edition we look at how you can distinguish between root issues in cereal crops, as well as reducing the chance of insects being an issue for stored seed grain.
We also feature our handy seed treatment selection guide and look at ways of retaining the best seed in a dry and frosty year.
We’re currently looking for trustworthy, reliable people to become part of our franchise network in Wagga Wagga.
More information is available at or please contact me on 0427 013 661 if you or anyone you know is interested.
All the best for the season ahead. Enjoy the read.
Brett Heath Commercial Manager

Many seed samples were impacted negatively by stored grain insect pests duriing the 2018–19 season. The main insect pests were rice weevil and the rust-red flour beetle.
This occurred in some instances where the seed had been cleaned and treated.
• The season was warmer than average • It also stayed warmer well into May • Samples produced by modern harvesters
tend to leave a dirtier sample which attracts insect pests • Many insects are becoming resistant to insecticides, due to inadequate fumigation procedures and inter-generational resistance. (testing is required to determine level) • Earlier harvest due to earlier sowing in recent years means seed can be stored for up to one month longer than in the past

✓ Check the label for current rates and any withholding period restrictions
✓ Inspect the grain monthly for insects


Grain cleaned within 1 month of harvest: OR
1. Applying Guardian® for aphids should adequately control stored grain pests for 3-6 months.
2. If not using Guardian, you’ll need to apply the below in addition to the normal seed treatment your Hannaford franchisee applies:
a. If lesser grain borer present apply ConserveTM Plus @ 10ml/T as well as Fenitrothion® 1000 @ 12ml/T
b. If lesser grain borer not present apply Smart Grain Dual at 10ml/T plus Fenitrothion 1000 @ 6ml/T to improve length of control (or Methograin® IGR Grain Protectant @ 20ml/T plus Fenitrothion 1000 @ 12ml/T)

Grain cleaned more than 1 month after harvest:
1. As the grain goes into the silo apply:
a. If lesser grain borer present apply Conserve Plus @ 10ml/T as well as Fenitrothion 1000 @ 6ml/T
b. If lesser grain borer not present apply Smart Grain Dual at 10ml/T
2. When the grain is cleaned and treated by your Hannaford franchisee:
a. Applying Guardian for aphids should adequately control stored grain pests for 3-6 months
b. If not using Guardian, need to apply Smart Grain Dual @ 10ml/T in addition to normal seed treatment to improve length of control

Note: Conserve Plus should only be applied once to seed grain & can be used in all states except WA. Always refer to the product label for directions for use.
TM/® Conserve Plus is a registered product of a Corteva AgriScience group company, Smart Grain Dual is a registered product of Freezone Public Health Pty Ltd, Methograin IGR Grain Protectant is a registered product of Babolna Bioenvironmental Centre Ltd and Fenitrothion 1000 is a registered product of numerous companies including Freezone Public Health Pty Ltd & Babolna Bioenvironmental Centre Ltd.



Rhizoctonia root rot

Main symptoms
Patches of stunted plants

Many people diagnose root issues in cereals by looking at the surface symptoms and only take a quick glance at the roots. To properly diagnose the issue, it’s advisable to dig up the plants carefully, wash the roots and examine them.
The table below shows the main root issues and how to tell them apart in the field. It’s important to know what the issue is so you chose the correct seed treatment to apply to the seed from that crop. Incorrect diagnosis can lead to

a poorer than expected result from your seed treatment.
Please be aware that root lesion nematode (RLN) numbers are not controlled by seed treatments. RLN can however increase the damage caused by rhizoctonia and crown rot.
As such, if RLN is not also managed correctly, you may not effectively succeed in suppressing rhizoctonia or crown rot.

How to tell them apart
Rhizoctonia root rot patches are more distinct with spear tip roots

Can be mistaken for
Pythium Root lesion nematode Water logging

Crown rot

White heads

Pythium root rot

Patches of stunted plants with stubby and dead roots


White heads

Crown rot causes honey-coloured roots rather than black roots.
Pink discolouration often forms around or in the crown or under leaf sheaths.


Roots are stunted, short and stubby with few laterals

Rhizoctonia Root lesion nematode Water logging

Take-all has blackened roots and crowns

Crown rot

Water logging Stunted plants with dead or dying roots

Root lesion nematode

Patches of stunted plants with brownish roots

Water logged roots aren’t stubby & have water-soaked tips

Rhizoctonia Root lesion nematode Pythium

RLN has ‘spaghetti’ roots & patches are less distinct with more variation in plant growth. Roots can assume a ‘noodle-like’ root thickening appearance & are NOT spear tipped.

Rhizoctonia Pythium Water logging


Australia’s Specialist R

Seed Treatment


Covered Smut/ Bunt

Flag Smut

Loose Smut

Stripe Rust

Leaf Rust

Leaf Scald

Septoria Leaf Blotch

Powdery Mildew



Rancona Dimension

Ipconazole, Metalaxyl

Wheat, Barley, Oats


Wheat, Barley, Oats

Rancona C

Ipconazole, Cypermethrin

Wheat, Barley, Oats


Wheat, Barley, Oats

Vitaflo C

Carboxin, Cypermethrin

Wheat, Wheat1,2, Wheat, Barley, Barley, Oats Triticale2 Oats, Triticale

Foliarflo C

Triadimenol, Cypermethrin

Wheat, Barley, Oats


Wheat, Barley, Oats


Barley* Wheat* Barley

Quantum Pro Fluquinconazole

Wheat, Barley3


Wheat, Barley3

Wheat** Wheat*** Barley*3 Wheat* Barley* Wheat*

Zincflo Plus Zinc (Chelated), Sulphur & Nitrogen






Thiram, Thibendazole



* Suppression **Stripe rust is controlled for up to 6 weeks after sowing, with good suppression thereafter ***Leaf rust is controlled for up to 4 weeks after sowing, with good suppression thereafter

1 Soil borne 2 Seed borne 3 Refer to label for additional registrations



In 2018 several barley loose smut trials were conducted in Western Australia by Kalyx and the DPIRD to determine the effectiveness of seed treatments at controlling loose smut in barley.
Following these trials UPL applied to the APVMA for a label extension for Rancona® Dimension to ensure that loose smut is adequately controlled across all varieties of barley.
This label extension allows for the application of Rancona Dimension at up to 200ml/100kg.

This rate has been shown in trial work to control loose smut adequately (refer to graph 1).
The label extension recommends that the higher rate of Rancona Dimension be used when trying to control loose smut in barley, particularly where susceptible varieties are grown.
Different barley varieties have shown differing susceptibility to loose smut. The varieties showing the highest levels of susceptibility are Hindmarsh, La Trobe, Spartacus and Rosalind.

1. Inspect barley crops at flowering 2–3 times to determine level of loose smut infection.
** If loose smut is above 5% do not retain for seed, only use disease free seed.
2. If possible grade out all seed less than 2.2 mm to help reduce high smut seed levels in the smaller seed.
3. Always use a seed treatment, as in-furrow fungicides DO NOT control smuts and bunt.
4. Always use the labelled seed treatment rate.
5. Use a professional seed cleaning service to grade and treat your seed to ensure correct seed coverage.

Range of Seed Treatments



Brown Leaf Spot

Pythium Root Rot

Rhizoctonia Fusarium Root Rot Crown Rot

Blackleg Stored Grain Insect Pests

Blue Oat Mite

RedLegged Earth Mite


Trace Element

Wheat, Barley

Wheat*, Barley*

Wheat*, Barley*

Wheat, Barley, Oats

Wheat, Barley, Oats, Triticale

Wheat, Barley, Oats





Chickpeas2 Chickpeas2 Chickpeas, Lentils Chickpeas
Field peas

Chickpeas, Lentils, Field Peas, Vetch &
Faba Beans

®Rancona, Vitaflo, Foliarflo, Quantum, Zincflo, Xlflo, Thiraflo, Evershield & Guardian are all registered trademarks.


Canola, Lupins

Canola, Lupins

Cereals, Canola


% smut control



















Seed treatment & rate (ml/100kg)

Crown Rot Rhizoctonia
*Loose Smut
Smuts Bunt
® Systiva is a registered product of BASF, Vibrance is a registered product of a Syngenta group company, Evergol is a registered product of the Bayer Group.

Seasonal Update

Hard work, flexibility, a commitment to quality and standing by his word has seen Mick Coleman through over four decades of seed grading and treating in South Australia.
After 41 years in the business he’s not ready to put his feet up yet, and this year he’ll look forward to a simpler season with a new Hannaford seed grading and treatment machine.
Taking receipt of the new machine in August, Mick said that the machinery upgrade gives him a third more capacity than previously, meaning shorter turnaround times on-farm.
With high capacity grading of all grains – up to 24MT per hour for wheat – the new machine also offers state of the art seed treatment application and fully electronic batch weighing for optimum accuracy.
“I pride myself on the product I turn out,” said Mick, “and the new machine means an even more accurate seed treatment application, less dust and quicker processing for my customers.”
“So this season, I’ll be stepping it up a notch.”

While seed grading and treating is “no glamour job”, it’s allowed Mick and wife Denise the flexibility to run their own business whilst sharefarming and running a piggery over the years.
Denise has always been involved in managing the administration side of the business, and in the past has also run the piggery during the seed grading season.
Nowadays, it ties in well with their son’s business and lamb finishing feedlot on the home property.
Not one to shy from hard work, Mick started his life in Australia at 19 working in the mines in Queensland, after emigrating on his own from England.
Roo shooting, professional fishing and mustering were some of the jobs he took on as he moved across to the Northern Territory and down to South Australia, where he settled down and began share farming.
Mick started at Hannaford in 1978 as an operator employee in South Australia, then worked as a Hannaford contract operator before becoming one of the first franchisees when the new business model was introduced in 1987.
“I’d always worked bonus jobs where you get paid for what you do, which was one of the reasons I was first attracted to the job.”

As well as the benefits of running his own business, it’s also the clients that keep him there today.
“Being your own boss, you’re responsible for your own actions, but you also get drawn into the farming community. Lots of the farmers I work with are now friends of mine,” he said. “It’s always good to catch up on farm and learn what’s going on.”
With the new owners of Hannaford – UPL Australia Ltd – committing to the purchase of two new machines this year, Mick believes the future looks good for Hannaford.
“Hannaford is a good business and we get access to all the latest chemicals and equipment,” he said. “It’s good to see the company is moving forward and putting something back into the business.”
Mick is grateful for the loyalty of his customers and appreciates their continuing support.
“All my business is word of mouth, so hopefully that means I’m doing something right,” he said.
This season he’s looking forward to sharing the service benefits of his new high capacity machine with local farmers, delivering a quality seed product for what he hopes will be a good year ahead for everyone.



Drought and heat stress can substantially affect seed yield by reducing seed size and the number of seeds per head.
This eventually affects ‘1000 seed weight’ and seed quality (including germination and vigour).
Unfortunately, in a dry year frosts are more likely to occur during flowering and grain filling due to the clear nights allowing for lower temperatures.
Frost damage reduces crop yield by reducing seed size and the number of seeds per head. This will also impact seed quality – including germination and vigour – and test weight.
The amount of damage done by frost will depend on the length of the frost, the temperature and the number of frosts that occur during the flowering and grain filling period.
Frosted and shrivelled (drought) seed can have germination levels half that of good quality seed and quite often has germination levels of 20–40% compared to good seed (which is above 90%).
With both events occurring this year, farmers need to be on top of the situation to ensure they keep the best seed possible.
As always you want to keep the best, largest, healthiest seed free from defects or diseases.
Good seed is:
✓ Healthy and plump ✓ Free of contaminants ✓ Free from small, cracked or shrivelled seed ✓ Has a germination above 90% and
a vigour above 85%


1. Inspect your crops prior to harvest and keep seed from areas that are: • Unaffected or least affected by frost • Have coped well with the dry conditions, producing good quality seed
2. Test your seed for: • Germination and vigour, if possible before grading, if not then as it’s graded • Any seed borne diseases that could be an issue
3. Have your seed graded to remove: • Grain that is shrivelled from drought or frost • Grain with a low seed weight • Weed seeds, straw, chaff and other impurities • Diseased seed affecting seed size * Keep cereal seed that is wider than 2mm where at all possible
* Grading seed improves germination

4. If treating seed affected by drought and/or frost it’s best to use a seed treatment that’s soft on the seed.
Depending on your requirements the following are suitable for cereals: Rancona Dimension, Rancona C, or Vitaflo C.
Alf Hannaford, the father of the seed grading industry in Australia, once compared the importance of competitive seed to the composition of a football team:
“A football team with weak men loses the game. Twelve good men and six weak ones cannot make a good performance. The weak impairs the strong and are unable to withstand the opposition.”

Are you passionate about Agriculture & looking for a change ?

Hannaford have been servicing Australian farmers since 1925. We are currently looking for trustworthy, reliable people to become part of our Franchise Network to contribute to the ongoing success of the Hannaford brand in southern NSW. This opportunity will allow your technical, agricultural and people skills to be fully utilised. A critical aspect of your success will be your own initiative and hard work, but we’ll do everything we can to help you make your business successful and profitable. 0427 013 661


Where the locals go

Berrigan, Finley, Deniliquin, Jerilderie, Corowa & Tocumwal Damian & Sidony Kelly 0400 725 282
Wagga Wagga, Junee, Coolamon, Lockhart, Holbrook & Tarcutta Franchise available 0427 013 661

Warracknabeal, Ouyen, Birchip, Hopetoun, Sea Lake & Swan Hill Wayne & Lindy George 0427 902 381
Charlton, Donald, St Arnaud, Quambatook, Boort & Echuca Bernie & Wendy Laffin 0417 567 602

Streaky Bay, Ceduna, Port Kenny & Poochera Dion & Ursula Gilmore 0428 261 448
Lock, Tooligie, Wudinna & Kimba Brian & Gilbert Turner 0448 054 837
Cummins, Kapinnie, Karkoo & Ungarra Brian & Gilbert Turner 0448 054 837

Port Lincoln, Tumby Bay, Cleve & Cowell Brian & Gilbert Turner 0448 054 837
Gladstone, Crystal Brook, Jamestown & Melrose David & Tracy Smith 0428 847 949
Kadina, Alford & Arthurton Graham & Carole Derrington 0419 821 654

Geraldton, Binnu, Mullewa & Mingenew Joeb Mactaggart 0417 229 621
Moora, Dandaragan, Coorow & New Norcia Joe Liebenberg 0408 500 908
Dowerin, Trayning, Bencubbin & Dalwallinu Brent & Gloria Melville 0428 811 585
Cunderdin, Northam, York, Tammin & Toodyay Joeb Mactaggart 0417 229 621

Brookton, Pingelly, Beverley, & Quairading Phillip & Katrina Crute 0427 250 877
Cuballing, Wandering, Williams & Boddington Trevor & Kirstie Clark 0418 563 926
Narrogin, Wickepin, Wagin & Kukerin Charles & Lorette Naudé 0487 404 757
Boyup Brook, Darkan & Kojonup Trevor & Kirstie Clark 0418 563 926

Nhill, Rainbow, Jeparit & NW Dimboola Rob Lynch 0428 911 387 Minyup & Beulah Wayne and Lindy George 0427 902 381
Maitland, Ardrossan & Warooka Graham & Carole Derrington 0419 821 654 Snowtown, Blyth, Nantawarra, Avon & Bute Mick & Denise Coleman 0427 642 142 Auburn, Clare, Manoora & Burra Garry & Suzanne Lawrie 0428 842 126
Katanning, Woodanilling, Broomehill & Gnowangerup Derek Batchelor 0428 241 306 Cranbrook, Tambellup & South Stirlings Neville & Anne Parsons 0429 904 653 Jerramungup, Gairdner, Borden & Pingrup Mark Weedon 0428 351 176 Ravensthorpe, Lake King & Newdegate Peter & Karen Agars 0427 268 136

Ballarat, Ararat, Lismore, Clunes & Horsham East Geoff & Kym Edwards 0437 010 064 Goroke, Frances, Edenhope, Casterton & Kaniva David & Karen Harris 0428 857 725
Barossa, Riverland, Eudunda & Tarlee Jon & Margaret Schutz 0417 812 760 Strathalbyn, Fleurieu Peninsula & Kangaroo Island Terry & Kelly Jackson 0403 298 076 Naracoorte, Bordertown, Keith & Tintinara David & Karen Harris 0428 857 725
Munglinup, Hopetoun & Cascades Kingsley & Brodie Walker 0487 194 243 Salmon Gums & Grass Patch Kym & Sadie Walker 0427 477 493 Esperance & Condingup Simon & Kristy Roper 0412 882 613 Southern Cross, Hyden, Kellerberrin & Mukinbudin Sheldon & Ebony Miller 0427 647 298

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