Chickpea harvest gets underway at Mt Panorama, Rolleston

Frost bites at Rolleston


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Harvest underway at Mt Panorama. Photos - Gail Godwin-Smith.

Harvest underway at Mt Panorama. Photos - Gail Godwin-Smith.

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Despite some frost damage, prices are holding strong for chickpeas.

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Chickpeas are being harvested at Mt Panorama, Rolleston, and despite a tough season of frosts, they are expecting the high prices to keep the crop in the black. 

The property is managed as part of a family operation, and Drew Howard said the chickpea was planted from Anzac Day through until the end of May over a five week period.

He said the seed was planted into moisture, with between half to three quarters of the profile. 

Howard Smith, Mt Panorama, Rolleston, with some of this season's chickpea crop. Photos - Gail Godwin-Smith.

Howard Smith, Mt Panorama, Rolleston, with some of this season's chickpea crop. Photos - Gail Godwin-Smith.

The family planted 1618 hectares of peas this season, with the new variety PBA Seamer and Kyabra going in the ground. 

The chickpeas are almost all harvested at the Rolleston property.

The chickpeas are almost all harvested at the Rolleston property.

They planted at a rate of 50kg of seed to the hectare. 

Mr Howard said while the beginning of the season showed great promise, frosts played a major part towards the end. 

”It all came up good, it was looking really good, it was really mild and then we got two or three frosts at the wrong time and it actually killed the peas in the pod,” he said.

Harvest underway with Howard Smith, Mt Panorama, Rolleston, overseeing the job.

Harvest underway with Howard Smith, Mt Panorama, Rolleston, overseeing the job.

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