Use Sharpen for broadleaf control before sowing legumes

IT has been almost a month since the rain around Anzac Day, when northern and southern Yorke Peninsula received 40-80mm. Farmers in these areas are now busily planting lentils and contending with large broadleaf weeds like milk thistle, radish and marshmallow before the crop goes in.

Read the rest of the article featured in the YPCT dated 30th of May, 2017 here.



Agrifac Update | Troy Johnson

Agrifac Spraying Systems going to the next level! Recently Bradley Twartz and myself attended the Agrifac factory in Holland to witness the development of two exciting new spraying systems that will be available on their sprayers in the near future. The systems referred to as StrictSpray Plus (SSP) and DynamicDose Plus (DDP) are in the final stages of development and will offer precise spraying of paddocks. These systems will have the ability to target individual weeds with a precise dose of product based on task maps created from remote sensing and other precision ag data sets. Liquid fertilizer will also be able to be applied in the same manner allowing products like Easy N to be applied at multiple rates over a paddock based on its nitrogen requirements. The nozzles will be controlled individually by a laptop with the flow rate varied according to dose requirements electronically. This system will also be able to allow for turn compensation and boom yaw. YPAG will be taking delivery of a machine fitted with this technology in July and will be involved in the final assessment and implementation of these new systems. We are looking forward to demonstrating this technology in the near future especially at our upcoming trial days and the Yorke Peninsula Field days!

Below are some photo’s taken inside the Agrifac factory & Holland.

For more information please contact Brad on 0418 181 054 or Troy on 0428 466 673.

Please view our second-hand boomsprays here


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Help to reduce your fire risk!

If you are considering upgrading your fire fighting unit or making improvements to your safety equipment, did you know that co-funding is available to go towards the purchase. This  equipment or goods must enhance community capability to respond to, and reduce the impacts of emergencies that occur in rural, regional and remote communities.

To find out if you qualify, please visit the Safecom website here at

Applications for the Regional Capability Community Fund grants will open on the 20th of March. You will have two weeks to submit applications.

At YP Ag, our stores can help you source the following items. We are always happy to help.

Water storage tanks and transfer pumps

  • Large water storage tanks with Country Fire Service compatible fittings
  • High volume water transfer pumps – fixed and portable.

Private farm fire units (PFFU)

  • PFFU – vehicle mounted
  • PFFU safety railings.

Trailer mounted PFFUs won’t be funded.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • Fire blankets
  • First aid kits
  • Personal protective clothing.

Flood, extreme weather and other emergency equipment

  • Amber rotating lights
  • Flood operations pumps
  • Sand bagging machines
  • UHF radio – vehicle mounted
  • Backup power supply where broad community benefit can be demonstrated.

Looking at upgrading your Livestock handling equipment?

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With only months left, if you are considering upgrading your livestock equipment it might be worth taking advantage of the current immediate tax deductions that are available to businesses with a turnover of less than $2 million. Eligible businesses can claim an immediate deduction for plant and equipment items purchased for less than $20,000 (GST exclusive), until the 30th June 2017. The plant and equipment needs to be at least installed ready for use by the 30th June 2017, in order to be claimed in full. *Please check with your Accountant for complete terms & conditions and eligibility.

Please contact us at one of our stores if you are interested in sheep yards, weigh bars, feeders – just to name a few!


photo courtesy of Arrow Farm


Protect your livestock from Pulpy Kidney

If you are a mixed-farming operation and have now finished harvest, or are close to finishing, we are taking this opportunity to remind you about the importance of vaccination boosters in livestock, especially to protect against Pulpy Kidney (Enterotoxaemia).

Ideally, if lambs will go out to graze stubble and they have not already had their initial 2-shot Glanvac vaccination program (2 doses, 4-6 weeks apart), lambs should be given a booster vaccination at least 14 days prior to that change in feed.

If older stock will be put out to graze stubble and it has been more than 3 months since their last vaccination booster, it is well-worth the “insurance” of a booster vaccination to prevent the risk of losses due to Pulpy Kidney.

Supplementation with Vitamin B12 (by using Glanvac B12) at this time of year also will help to maximise the productivity of stock at the same time. Vitamin B12 is essential for sheep growth and health. It is required for the production of glucose and energy, which is necessary for growing lambs, pregnant and lactating ewes and helps to maximise meat and wool yield. Many sheep may not be getting enough cobalt naturally in their diet to allow them to synthesise adequate quantities of vitamin B12, so hence the benefit in supplementing with B12 as part of a vaccination program.
Pulpy Kidney (enterotoxaemia) is a disease that can cause sudden death in sheep and goats. It often affects animals in good body condition and can be difficult to diagnose. Vaccination is an important tool in the prevention of deaths due to Pulpy Kidney disease.
You can view the technical information here. The TIU explains some key points on Pulpy Kidney disease, and vaccination to ensure protection:

What is Pulpy Kidney disease?
What causes the disease?
What are the risk factors?
Managing the risk

Also attached is a copy of a DL flyer – Vaccinating Sheep Grazing Stubble

Thank  you for taking the time to read this information, if you would like any further advice please contact your nearest YP Ag store.

All the very best in 2017!

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Click on links here to view information.

TUI – Pulpy Kidney Sheep & Goat

Vaccinating Sheep Grazing Stubble

source: Zoetis, Kath McClelland