As harvest continues across the state, Grains Research and Development Corporation’s Fiona Marshall is calling on grain farmers to look out for each other and themselves this season.
Recently appointed to the GRDC’s Southern Regional Panel, farm business manager and Mulwala grain grower Mrs Marshall said safety and physical and mental wellbeing should be the number one priority this harvest.
With severe weather events including late-season frosts and early December’s flooding leading to significant crop losses for some growers, she said supporting your neighbours was key.
‘‘The late frosts have not been widespread across entire regions, and that is what makes this situation so incredibly difficult — unlike a drought or a flood when so many farmers would be going through the same thing at the same time and recognition of their plight is extensive, these frost events are in isolation and growers are left to deal with the fall-out,’’ she said.
‘‘When your neighbours are celebrating a bumper harvest but your crops have been wiped out by frost, it is a devastating position for a grower to be in.’’
Having farmed with her husband Craig for more than two decades, Mrs Marshall encouraged growers affected by frost or the recent heavy rains to seek support from friends, family and their community.
‘‘If you are lying in bed at night worrying about money or how you are going to get the next crop in, talk to the bank manager, talk to other people. Don’t internalise because you will only make yourself more tired, stressed and anxious.
‘‘As hard as it may be, you just have to deal with situations and move on — so whatever happens, at least you are in action and not just dwelling on something and achieving nothing.’’
■ A Toolamba man, 23, had his armed severed in a header at a workplace in Cornish Rd, Ardmona recently.
Paramedics were called to the early-morning incident and the man was taken to Goulburn Valley Health with serious arm injuries, an Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said.
Police said the man was later flown to St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
A WorkSafe spokesperson said investigators were at the farm property investigating the incident.