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Plains Producer, Wednesday February 20, 2013
Vater offers the latest on crop spraying
Sarah's career is a
matter of record
You’ll die laughing along with Jon
Introducing a new column to run
occasionally in the Plains Producer.
Do you have a “quirky career” or know
someone who has an interesting job?
Call Louise Michael on 8862 1977.
JON Bennett presents a
funny and poignant tale about
his father – and life in a small
A W VATER & Co. is holding
"Spray Applications" days next
Wednesday and Thursday (Feb-
ruary 27, 28) at their premises at
Saddleworth -- and it's an open
invitation to all farmers regardless
of what brand you own.
Chemical application has be-
come the fastest growing expense
on the farm. Minimising your
inputs and becoming smarter is the
only guaranteed way to increase
Ensuring your equipment is set
up correctly, accurately calibrated
and well maintained safeguards you
so the correct amount of chemical
reaches the target and you are not
wasting your time or money.
AW Vater & Co., will have a
number of information sessions
running throughout the two days,
covering the important aspects
including boom spray maintenance
which will focus on the do's and
don'ts, how often it's required and
more specifcally, what’s required
and what to look for.
Nozzle selection a 'science' in
itself. Jorg Kitt will conduct a ses-
sion to guide you through getting
the right nozzle for your applica-
tion, getting the water to chemical
ratio correct and discussing the
impact of water quality on nozzle
Craig Davis will be sharing his
knowledge on keeping your chemi-
cal inputs in the paddock, how to
reduce spray drift and maximise
There will be plenty of new
equipment to try on the day.
The Rogator SP1300 is built
specifcally for one job – the largest
self-propelled sprayer that provides
state of the art technology from
front to back.
Come and experience the ride
and how it responds to the bumps
and dips of your feld contours.
Are you interested in the brand
new "Weed-it" technology? It's
a machine that utilises selective
control technology for those who
follow pre-emergent regimes in
fallow paddocks. Sensors work out
what to spray and when.
A Pegasus 6000L boom spray
will be on hand to put through it
paces, along with the brand new
model Pinto boom spray.
Or perhaps you are interested
in a new tractor? Either the New
Holland T.7.325 or the big brother
T8.330 or a JCB Load-all to help
with almost any job on the farm.
Drive a JCB 8310 or perhaps a JCB
175 Skid Steer.
Dinner is included on Wednes-
day night or lunch on Thursday.
• Register you interest by ringing
Emily or Libby on 8847 5000. AW
Vater & Co., wants to increase your
proft, next time you spray.
n ADVERTISING FEATURE
I VENTURED to the Adelaide
Fringe with 18 friends on Saturday
night, to catch up on former Pinery
boy Jon Bennett's comedy show "
My Dad's Deaths "
The venue referred to as The
Tuxedo Cat is situated on North
Terrace alongside the old John
The best way to describe this
venue would be minimalist! Pretty
much it's an old warehouse/car park
converted into a popup venue for
The bar is set up on a few 44-gal-
lon drums with second hand fridges
and used car tyres for seating.
The area is then branched off
into four small rooms with a bit of
Gyprock knocked up to form the
intimate performance rooms.
So, after a couple of heart start-
ers we were summoned into the
show by opening the gate (rolling
the 44 gallon drum aside).
We were in for a treat!
Jon Bennett's show revolves
around his father and growing up
in a small country community. He
is a wonderful storyteller at the top
of his game.
The one-hour show held the
audience spellbound as he worked
his way through his life experi-
ences mostly revolving around his
In particular, the number of
times he thought his father had
been killed or seriously wounded.
Regardless of whether you
know Ray or not, this is an hilari-
ous show. Jon's enthralling pres-
entation is funny and sometimes
poignant, a tongue in cheek tribute
to his father and growing up in a
small country community.
I rate it four and a half stars and
well worth a look!
My Dad's Deaths is playing at
the Tuxedo Cat, 200 North Ter-
race, Adelaide, from February 15
to March 3, excluding 20 and 27.
February 15–March 17
‘My Dad’s Deaths’
BY ANDREW PARKER
WATCHING politicians on
television during their "sittings"
at South Australia's parliament
house might not be everyone's
cup of tea.
But did you know everything
that is said, or done -- good or
bad -- in the imposing chambers
on North terrace is recorded by
someone known as a Hansard
Sara Fry, of Salter Springs, is a
Hansard reporter, based at parlia-
ment house. She has been in this
job for six years, after previously
being a court reporter.
"While I was a court reporter, a
friend spoke to me about Hansard
reporting and I thought I'd apply
and give it a go," she said.
Sara is part of a team of about
25 who work the whole time
parliament is sitting during House
of Assembly and Legislative
This can mean work hours are
unconventional, often working
until late at night until the sitting
“We each sit in for fve minutes
at a time, and everything said is
“After fve minutes, we swap
over with someone else."
Sara then types up the record-
ing, and about 40 minutes later,
heads back in for another fve
This goes on until the sitting
The typed records are later
checked for accuracy by editors.
Publishing staff then put the
whole transcript together making
a complete and permanent record
of the day's proceedings.
All records are eventually
published in book form, and these
books are kept in the library in
Handwritten books, dating
back to start of State parliament,
are in the library.
Sara enjoys her work at
Parliament House, and says the
camaraderie in her offce is great.
"I like working there and it's
interesting hearing the "goings
on" in parliament," she said.
Have there been any humorous
“Well, I won’t forget my frst
day," laughed Sara.
"I was trying to drive into the
carpark, and swiped my entry
card, but it wouldn't open the
"A man from the car behind
me jumped out and helped me,
explaining I was using my build-
ing entry card, not the carpark
card," she said.
"I thanked him and then re-
alised it was (former Premier)
"Being a Hansard reporter is
very interesting. There's always
something different happening"
YOUNG Manoora grain pro-
ducer, Andrew Hall, will represent
South Australia in the prestigious
Australian Grain Farm Leaders
Program in 2013.
Andrew was selected from a
strong feld of applications to un-
dertake a rigorous course that will
see them travel across the country
and implement a unique on-farm
He joins nine other young farmers
from around Australia.
"This program is designed to
invest in our industry's future,"
said GrainGrowers Chairman, John
"GrainGrowers is proud to be
helping our young growers realise
their full potential through a course
that will give them leadership and
The course offcially begins in
Sydney next week before the group
travels to Narrabri where they will
attend farm visits, visit the Plant
Institute and begin defning their
Hall chosen for grain leaders course
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