AS La Nina continues to weaken, rural producers across NSW can look forward to profitable winter sowing.
Winter crops such as barley, canola and chick peas should be sown before June.
To assist producers with optimum yields during challenging conditions, such as frost, the NSW Department of Primary Industries has developed a calculator for fodder, grain and grazing costs.
The calculator helps growers compare various management options such as grazing, baling crops for hay or silage and taking crops through to harvest.
Growers input data from their own situation to assess the costs and returns of each option.
By knowing the costs and potential value of each product, growers can decide on the best option for failing crops.
The department's website contains other useful information with respect to weed control in winter crops.
The guide outlines various herbicides available to control pests such as broadleaf and grass weeds, as well as coping with spray drift and using the herbicides safely.
For more information, visit dpi.nsw.gov.au.
The coming cooler months are also a good time to check fencing.
Many of the fences in our region have been in place for decades and may just have reached their use-by date and require replacing.
For more information, visit lls.nsw.gov.au.