Ranching Down Under

Chickpea harvest. (Photo by Samantha Hall)

By Samantha Hall

With the onset of the spring heat along with the familiar sight of harvesting combines and road trains in the cultivated fields, you can be sure that the harvest is in full swing here in Northwest New South Wales.  This year the harvest has been interrupted by spring storms with many areas around Narrabri receiving 125 millimetres (5 inches) of rain in early November.  However, there is something noticeably different this year.  In years gone by the fields have been a sea of golden wheat; however, this year I have noticed that a large percentage of the wheat has been replaced by fields of chickpeas. To read more pick up the January 2016 issue of NTFR.