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TAS Country : August 26th 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010 Tasmanian Country 5 News head for fields of gold EAGLE-EYE: Peter Radford takes to the skies over Moriarty. Using a chopper allows him to spend more time with his clients and workers. ''Cleaning the machines is a very important part of what we do.'' However, adhering to the different permit regulations between states can be a challenge. Mr Radford said timing was one of the most critical factors when it came to top quality harvesting. He said it was essential cereal crops were dry enough to get the best yields possible. Mr Radford said a range of factors affected crop quality from frost right through to locusts. ''Frost can be a big problem because it can affect a big area in one hit,''he said. During the harvest season, the company harvests a range of crops including wheat, chickpeas, pyrethrum, poppies, corn and sorghum. Mr Radford said a key to the business growth and success over the years had been working with farmers and industries to develop harvesting techniques for new and emerging crops. ''The drought was good in some ways because it took some of the cowboys out of the industry. ''Only the professional guys are left now.'' Mr Radford's qualification and work as a fitter and turner often comes in handy when modifying machines. ''I guess that's where I've got a bit of an advantage,'' he said. ''I understand the mechanical side of the machinery and I know how to make things. ''And I have also been involved with farming all my life.'' Mr Radford said he was always on the lookout for new opportunities to improve the business. He said the company was one of the first two businesses in the country to install auto-steer technology on their machines for controlled- traffic work. Mr Radford said having good quality reliable machines was essential and with a fleet of about 22 harvesters, maintenance was essential. To help make things easier, Mr Radford recently built a big shed on his Moriarty property. The 2275m2 shed is equipped with a specially designed crane which can lift up to 10 tonnes. An office area will also be set up to store records of each machine's maintenance program. Nearby a general office, a board room and a function room will be constructed. ''To get and keep good staff you've got to have a good environment for them to work in,'' Mr Radford said. ''That's the main reasons behind putting up the shed. ''It means we've got a good area now where we can do all our maintenance. ''And we've go the room to do what we need to.'' At one end of the shed 35 tonnes of concrete has been poured and it is bordered by a thick steel edge that can be used to straighten out machinery that may have been bent or damaged. The shed has been positioned to take advantage of the natural sunlight and it will also be fitted with doors to keep out bad weather. Mr Radford said developing effective harvest- ing equipment for Tasmania's two uncommon agricultural industries in poppies and pyrethrum had been a case of trial and error at first. ''We're the only place in the world where we have mechanical harvesting of poppies and pyrethrum, so that's pretty unique,'' he said. Some of the company's poppy harvesters have been built from the ground up and will be used on crops across the state during the harvest season which starts in January. Mr Radford said most of the Tasmanian harvest took place during January and Febru- ary. ''The work we do over on the big island and here involves a lot of different crops. And that keeps things interesting. ''We've spent a long time building up relation- ships with our clients. And we're very careful about that because it's a very important part of it. People pay us to come in and harvest their crops and they expect us to do a really professional job.'' NOW S THE TIME TO THINK ABOUT TWINE Tapex manufactures world-premium quality twines for large square, small square and round bales. Australian twine technology for Australia s tough conditions RGM/TAP34822 Call Tapex Pty Ltd on (03) 9357 4866 for the name of your nearest reseller www.tapex.com.au The Tapex and Kinnears brands are the only baling twines made in Australia by an Australian-owned company and that means that you get the benefits of years of experience and superior fodder packaging technology.
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