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WE'RE IN SAFE HANDS. TO BE SURE.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

We are pleased to welcome Conor O'Doherty to the Cherry Hill team. Conor joins us as our new Business Development Manager.

Originally from the beautiful town of Derry in Northern Ireland, Conor moved to Tasmania seven years ago. He moved for love and has fallen in love with our wonderful state, and plans to stay for a very long time.

Prior to joining us, Conor worked in agriculture for Costa Farms where he was part of their construction and maintenance teams, and then moved to Rapid Supply focussing on industrial and mining industries.

Conor has big plans in store for all of us at Cherry Hill Coolstores, planning to help grow our business and diversify into new products. Andrew, Pam, Tanya and the team are thrilled to welcome him to the family.

Cherry Hill Coolstores, Seed Services, Edition 21 (2018)

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Can you believe we are into May of 2018! We can't.

We're starting to receive our seed from Simplot and we have a lovely testimony from one of our newest growers, Ryan Oliver, about his first year growing for them. We have exciting news too – we are about to trial another innovation, 2-tonne bins plus we have welcomed Kel Langmaid (Pam and Andrew's son) to the team! We introduce you to him in this edition and also announce our next Field Day.

Read on for more details.
The team at Cherry Hill Coolstores



In this issue…





Season Report

Beta Testing

Family Matters

Screen Size Evaluation

Read on for these great articles and much more…

Season report

We’ve seen trucks rolling in for a couple of months now at Cherry Hill. There’s some uncharacteristic soft rot in a couple of lines, but it’s not of any concern. 

There’s also a reasonable sprinkling of powdery scab through some seed lines, which is to be expected after a hot and dry summer. 

In general, there’s a lot of good looking Innovator seed delivered already. The shape and quality is very good, and about 8-10% is oversize, which is not too bad.

There’s not a huge amount of seed received from Simplot at the time of editing our newsletter, but it’s expected to start arriving early May. We’re already started pre-cutting seed. If you’d like yours to be scheduled, please call us on 03 6426 1590 and book it in.

Have a wonderful Autumn season everyone,

Andrew, Pam and the team at Cherry Hill Coolstores.




 

Cherry Hill Coolstores Seed Guarantee

Our Seed Management Services. Cherry Hill Coolstores will guarantee our services on Seed Growers seed. If you buy someone else's certified seed, which is presented to Cherry Hill in good condition, and it breaks down, we will replace our cutting and services at no charge.

This guarantee specifically refers to seed piece breakdown (i.e. rot), and refers to seed which is delivered directly to Cherry Hill Coolstores from the seed paddock for chemical application, coolstoring and cutting. In order for this guarantee to be valid, the Buyer must make claims within 24-hours of the seed leaving Cherry Hill Coolstores and before planting.

In order for this guarantee to be valid, the buyer must make claims with 24 hours of the seed leaving Cherry Hill and before planting.

View more about our guarantee here...




Beta Testing New 2-Tonne Bins

It was 20 years ago when Kevin and Andrew Langmaid first implemented the 1-tonne bin – and found that by increasing the bin size, it gave an improvement in seed handling efficiencies at Cherry Hill, this was a move away from the half tonne bins they'd used prior to 1996.

In 2018 we are about to beta test another Cherry Hill Coolstores innovation: 2-tonne bins. This is the 6th generation prototype, and Andrew is quietly confident they will be successful. Our testing environment will be an eight week trial period, starting in early May. Designed by Andrew, the new bins are made by existing 1-tonne bins supplier. Most materials are local, however we’ve had to import the inner metal component, which is designed to improve the airflow between seed inside and ensure it all dries at the same rate. Getting fresh oxygen into seed in the middle of the bins, is essential. 

20 years of usage, and the 1-tonne bins have been fantastic. But Andrew is always finding new ways to innovate and improve procedures at Cherry Hill. 

We’ll be sure to let you know how they get on.


Pictured: The 6th version prototype of the 2-tonne bins with improved ventilation.




Field Day at Cherry Hill

McCain is holding a field day at Cherry Hill Coolstores to inspect all varieties of McCain seed lines.

Rod Smith will be running the event and at this stage the date is set for Thursday the 10th May.

Keep an eye on your inbox for any changes to this.
 


A Slice of Life at Cherry Hill

This edition, we are thrilled to introduce you to Kel Langmaid our newest employee.  

At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking Kel Langmaid would be better suited as the front man of a rock band than working in the family business but his wild hair is as wild as it gets. A quietly spoken and humble man, his new role at Cherry Hill is out of the spotlight and suits him to a tee.

With a background in various industries (hospitality, retail and most recently agriculture), Kel has recently joined the family business after an opportunity came up.

“I’m loving working here. I’ve completed most of my training and I am enjoying working for/with Mum and Dad. It’s actually nice to see them more often.”

Kel has lived away from home for the past two and a half years (coincidently the same time he has been growing his dreadlocks!) and now resides in Turners Beach. He grew up locally, attending Latrobe primary and high schools, and had been working at a berry farm in Forth before a position became available at Cherry Hill in early April this year.

In the quieter times, Kel helps Wayne with general maintenance, mending fences, pallets and cleaning up around the property.

“When it’s busy, my primary role is the bulk unloading and helping with coolstore movements which I enjoy. My favourite part of the job is driving the forklifts!”

Outside of work, Kel enjoys relaxing and playing video games. At the moment his passion is Hearthstone (Heroes of Warcraft), a fast paced strategy game that we hear he is very good at. No doubt these computer skills will come in handy, as the farm continues to develop technology and software to improve efficiencies. It will be great having a young millennial on the team!

Pictured: Top left – Kel Langmaid on the forklift, his favourite part of the job. Top right – starting the day with some maintenance and bottom right – letting his hair down for the camera!


Screen Sizer Evaluation

The Tong screen sizing and dirt elimination machine has now been operating at Cherry Hill for a season and a half, with very good results. Like any machine, the goals we are aiming to reach were achieved to a degree, however results are always influenced by the product we are unloading.

I have noticed in some Innovator seed lines, that there looks to be a higher amount of oversize seed, but after taking samples and measuring them we’re finding most of these tubers are just over the circumference measurement. By being a short fat tuber, they would not cut into a good seed size.

We find Russet Burbank seed usually balances out with the same amount of oversize in the seed, as there is seed in oversize. However, generally any oversize in seed is a longer tuber and would cut in to good shaped seed piece, so seed growers would be gaining without compromising their seed line.

I am sure the seed buyers are getting a better line of cut seed as a result of the sizing machine, in contrast to the old methods of tuber weight sizing. This took out the longer heavier tubers, which could be cut into good seed pieces. The machine does have some minor glitches, such as the odd tuber getting stuck in the screen and being broken. 

This is mostly due to a poorer shaped spud, however we are working on an idea to try and eliminate this fault entirely. Both companies prefer to size all seed as it is delivered, and eliminate any large tubers from the seed line. Recognising this, helps improve the shape of cut seed pieces resulting in less planting misses.

We recognise it’s our responsibility to present healthy and well cut seed to our commercial growers, and give them the best chance of producing a good yield and high quality tubers to the processing factory.

As we all know, it’s an ongoing challenge in this industry to innovate new procedures and practices to help keep our industry viable into the future.

Regards, Kevin.

Kevin is now retired, however can regularly be found out at the Cherry Hill Coolstores. He lives in East Devonport and would describe himself as very happily retired with still a key interest in Cherry Hill. Andrew regularly refers to Kevin for his advice and opinions.

          

Testimonial ... "Couldn't have been happier"

"I’m a first-year grower and have been amazed at the support I’ve received within the industry, everyone’s been great. I have a lot of people on my side, Cherry Hill included. I couldn’t be happier with the communication I have received from them. It was no time at all from delivering my first seed that I received feedback from them.

We had some insect damage but Cherry Hill’s help has resulted in a good yield for us this year, so we are keen to expand and grow more tonnes for Simplot."

Ryan Oliver – Farmer | GW and BJ Oliver, Winnaleah.

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Cherry Hill Coolstores, Seed Services, Edition 20 (2017)

Monday, December 11, 2017



Where did 2017 go? We're not sure but here's a recap of what we've been up to for the last few months of it!

We have completed all commercial crop cutting and will be wrapping up (pun intended, ho ho ho) the remainder of the seed in the next week or two. We have some big stories to tell of our fishing trip in Weipa, Kevin discusses seed producing practices, we let you know about the event we held for Australia's first ever National Agriculture Week, and you will meet Gayleen who joined our cutting team this season.

This edition is a real treat.
The team at Cherry Hill Coolstores

In this issue…





Season Report

A Week in Weipa

National Agriculture Day

Introducing Gayleen

Read on for these great articles and much more…

Season report

Merry Christmas!

The Spring season had generally good weather for planting, although a little dry, the forecast rain will improve growing conditions.

We are now finished cutting all commercial crops, with the remainder of seed to be completed by mid-December. 12,000 tonne of seed was cut and dispatched for the 2017 calendar year. 

We are proud of our staff’s effort and really happy with the way all potato seed is looking for this year. Well done to all.

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope you all enjoy the festivities with your loved ones.

Best wishes,
Wishing you the best, Andrew, Brenden, Pam and the team at Cherry Hill Coolstores.




 

Cherry Hill Coolstores Seed Guarantee

Our Seed Management Services. Cherry Hill Coolstores will guarantee our services on Seed Growers seed. If you buy someone else's certified seed, which is presented to Cherry Hill in good condition, and it breaks down, we will replace our cutting and services at no charge.

This guarantee specifically refers to seed piece breakdown, (i.e. rot) and refers to seed which is delivered directly to Cherry Hill Coolstores from the seed paddock for chemical application, coolstoring and cutting. In order for this guarantee to be valid, the Buyer must make claims within 24-hours of the seed leaving Cherry Hill Coolstores and before planting.

In order for this guarantee to be valid, the buyer must make claims with 24 hours of the seed leaving Cherry Hill and before planting.

View more about our guarantee here...




A Week In Weipa

Cherry Hill Coolstores, McCain and Simplot enjoyed a “boys trip” away up north.

In August, Andrew and Brenden, took their annual fishing trip to Weipa in far north Queensland, on board a Weipa Houseboat. 

The 8-day trip was part fishing, part bonding. With Darren Nicolls from Cherry Hill, they also brought many potato colleagues with them including Rod Smith (McCain), Andrew Van Den Berg (Agronomist), Richard Hardstaff (grower and  contractor), Angus Galloway (Simplot) and Craig Ayers, the only non-spud person (BOC Gases).

Fishing was tougher this time than it was 4-years ago, they still managed to feed themselves every day with the fish they caught. However, the hammerhead shark was not good eating, it was as tough as nails and worse than eating rocks!

Strong tidal changes in the area can be a challenge. Andrew (with his navigation skills constantly being questioned) managed to get stuck on the mud flats for about four hours, but Brenden held off the eager search party, knowing they’d be fine.

The local town of Weipa is an industrial area, with mining company Rio Tinto employing many locals, including 30% aboriginal. 

The crime rate in the area is very low, and alcohol abuse is also very low. The local indigenous people being very community-orientated, looking after each other well. 

If you’re looking for a cheap top-end fishing trip with your mates, they all highly recommend checking out the weipahouseboats.com.au. For the hire of the boat (sleeps up to 10 people), airfares, food and drinks, plus a couple of nights hotel accommodation – the total cost per person was $2,500.00. Amazing value!

Steve from Weipa Houseboats is available as a fishing or hunting guide.


Pictured: L-R/Top-Bottom: 1. Richard Hardstaff with a decent size catch 2. Angus Galloway shows his prize 3. Brenden relaxing 
4. Darren Nicolls and catch 5. Rod Smith’s super effort 6. Andrew and his days result 7. Dusk is a great time to catch 8. Craig Ayers pride and joy! 9. Stunning sunsets to end the day 10. Brenden and friend 11. On the water at Weipa 12. Stuck on the mud flats!



National Agriculture Day

Tuesday 21 November 2017.

Rick Webb, the Agribusiness Manager of ANZ Devonport, generously hosted the National Agriculture Day at the Cherry Hill Coolstores this year. 

A mix of growers, clients and suppliers of Cherry Hill Coolstores attended and celebrated together over a beer and a sausage, in glorious pre-summer conditions. Andrew Langmaid was delighted to be interviewed by Margot Kelly from Tasmanian Country Hour, as part of the day’s celebrations (pictured left).

The Background – An Australian First!

We were thrilled to be involved in Australia’s first ever National Agriculture Day, which was held on November 21 this year. 50 events were held around Australia, including one at our very own establishment, as mentioned above! It was an honour to be part of sharing agricultures story with the nation.

Australian Farmers (an online community for the farming sector) reported that ‘AgDays’ online and media campaign had around 4000 people join in the discussion, which reached the eyes of 9 million Australians. Wow. Take a look below at some of the gorgeous images shared on Instagram celebrating the day (to see more visit Instagram and search for #nationalagday):

 

A Slice of Life at Cherry Hill

This edition, we unwrap everything you need to know about Gayleen Ray from our cutting room.  

At the start of the season this year we welcomed Gayleen to the cutting crew. Gayleen, a friend of Tamieka who also works with us, came with a bounty of agricultural experience having worked previously at Broun’s Coolstore, Premium Fresh, Harvest Moon and Edgells (now known as Simplot). A local, Gayleen was born in Devonport and grew up in Burnie. She now lives in Latrobe and is enjoying her first season working with the other girls, in the cutting room. Gayleen is happy to rotate about the various roles on offer during the day. 

A quiet and friendly demeanour we could tell Gayleen had a good sense of humour too. When asked if she had a nickname, Gayleen replied, “Not that I know of!”

In her spare time you can find Gayleen enjoying a drink at the pub with friends, in the garden relaxing or gardening, or cooking up a mean storm in the kitchen! Her three cats Holly (a 22 year old female Tortoiseshell), Flossy (a grey and white female Persian) and Sooty (a black and white boy) keep her busy too. Flossy and Sooty were young orphans who 

Gayleen has saved and adopted into the family. Christmas will be a busy time of year for them all, as they will be moving house over the Christmas and New Year Break.

Pictured: Gayleen Ray.


Seed Production Discussion

Cherry Hill Coolstores operates in between the farmers and the processors.

We must achieve good outcomes for both, to enable our facility to stay viable and to help the industry grow and deliver a good product to the markets.

With these goals in mind, we would like to raise some important points of which we rely on others to get it right. They may not realise that if not adhered to, they may cause negative outcomes.

There are some procedures and habits still being used which have detrimental outcomes on seed line. We would like to highlight them and ask growers, transport operators, contract sprayers and agronomists to help us improve outcomes.

Listed here are some of the practices we would like improved:

  • A copy of the agronomy growing history of the crop being delivered for storage
  • A copy of soil tests and fertilizers applied and when carried out
  • If burn off is implemented – what chemical was used and the date this was carried out
  • Make sure crop is watered up just before burn off
  • Remember that freshly harvested seed must have fungicide applied within 14 hours – ensure delivery is within this time
  • Any foliage damage to the canopy of the growing seed crop is always a source of possible infection, which may manifest itself in storage or worse – after planting
  • Irrigation lanes or pivot wheel tracks should not be planted in seed crops
  • All seed paddocks should be DNA tested before selection
  • A proven agronomist should monitor seed crops through production
  • More fresh seed growing land should be introduced if possible

The more we know about the crop which is being delivered to our handling facility, the better able we are to achieve a good outcome. Some lines we may have to treat differently to try and counteract any compromise which could be likely.

Cherry Hill Coolstores are very happy to discuss these issues, or any other, at any time with stakeholders to try and achieve the best possible outcomes we can.

Let’s achieve the best product we can. 

Merry Christmas, Kevin.

Pictured: Richard Hardstaff’s paddocks of Wisedale Pastoral, display an exceptional standard and conditions for planting (Banner), Kevin Langmaid (top left), wheel tracks (bottom right).

Kevin is now retired, however can regularly be found out at the Cherry Hill Coolstores. He lives in East Devonport and would describe himself as very happily retired with still a key interest in Cherry Hill. Andrew and Brenden regularly refer to Kevin for his advice and opinions.

          

Testimonial ... "Never a problem"

"We have been dealing with Cherry Hill Coolstores for the past three years and my father had been dealing with them for around a decade before us. There is never a problem and the seed quality that we are getting is improving year on year as they upgrade the technology that they are using. Our relationship will continue into the future."

Rob Terry – Owner, Dairy Plains, Deloraine.

  Important Information

Please note that some months ago we changed banks to the ANZ (a few customers have still been using our old details so please update your records as we now have new banking details)

Please note these are now:
BSB 017 536      Account no. 3972 26402

 Funny Field


To get you into the festive spirit here’s a selection of our favourite Christmas cracker jokes, which are so bad they’re good! 


Who is Santa’s favourite singer?
Elf-is Presley


What athlete is warmest in winter?
A long jumper


What does Miley Cyrus have for Christmas lunch?
Twerky!


What did the grape say when the elephant stepped on it?
Nothing, it just gave off a little wine


What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?
A Christmas Quacker 


What did the Policeman say to the stomach?
You’re under a vest


What do you get if Santa goes down the chimney when a fire is lit?
A Krisp Kringle 


What do you call a man who plays with leaves?
Russell


Why was the turkey in the pop group?
Because he was the only one with drumsticks!


Why was the snowman looking through the carrots?
He was picking his nose


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Cherry Hill Coolstores, Seed Services, Edition 19 (2017)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Things are looking good as Spring finally looks like it’s decided to show it’s pretty face

In this edition we'll update you how the cutting is going and let you know about the two Field Days we recently held for growers and field officers of Simplot and McCains. We introduce Tina from our cutting team and Kevin shares some highlights from his "European Vacation"!

Happy reading.
The team at Cherry Hill Coolstores



In this issue…





Season Report

Introducing Tina

Customer Testimonial

Kevin's European Vacation

Read on for these great articles and much more…

Season report

Things are looking good and not only has Spring lifted our spirits, but so has the good quality seed we are seeing!

We are now well into our Spring cut stage with over 80% of our seed potatoes cut. It will be full steam ahead until we finish cutting in late November. The quality of seed is looking really good at this stage. The recent wet weather has slowed planting, with most growers waiting for the wet conditions to ease before putting in their crop.

A highlight in September for us at Cherry Hill was the hosting of two field days for growers and field officers of Simplot and McCains. These field days were very well received with over 80 people attending the factory tours and BBQ. It was a great way to show growers and field officers our Cherry Hill facility and we look forward to hostingfurther field days in the future.

Also a reminder, we are able to schedule more cutting of seed if anyone requires. Please give us a call on 03 6426 1590 to book your seed in should you still have some to cut.

Best wishes,

Brenden, Andrew, Pam and the team at Cherry Hill Coolstores. 




 

Cherry Hill Coolstores Seed Guarantee

Our Seed Management Services. Cherry Hill Coolstores will guarantee our services on Seed Growers seed. If you buy someone else's certified seed, which is presented to Cherry Hill in good condition, and it breaks down, we will replace our cutting and services at no charge.

This guarantee specifically refers to seed piece breakdown, (i.e. rot) and refers to seed which is delivered directly to Cherry Hill Coolstores from the seed paddock for chemical application, coolstoring and cutting. In order for this guarantee to be valid, the Buyer must make claims within 24-hours of the seed leaving Cherry Hill Coolstores and before planting.

In order for this guarantee to be valid, the buyer must make claims with 24 hours of the seed leaving Cherry Hill and before planting.

View more about our guarantee here...



A Slice of Life at Cherry Hill

We'd like to introduce you to Tina Flannery 
who has been employed as a potato cutter at Cherry Hill 
Coolstores for over 3 years.  

Tina’s daily routine involves cutting, sampling, weight recording as well as additional duties such as cleaning and box maintenance in the off season. She is happy to help out where necessary and is a real multi-tasker. Not afraid to get her hands dirty, Tina is a very handy lady to have around. Knowing her way around nail guns, hammers and other tools.

Asked what her favourite part of her role is, Tina simply said, “I love it all.”

Known as the ‘class clown’ of the factory, Tina shares plenty of good humour with us here at Cherry Hill. Although experienced a touch of ‘stage fright’ when asked on the spot to tell us a joke for this editions article!

Tina is local to the Devonport area, attending Devonport High and working in the hospitality industry as a bar tender and waitress before joining the Cherry Hill team.

Pictured: Tina in her St Kilda footy gear as the staff participate in Footy Fever Friday before the AFL Grand Final (top) and hard at work in the cutting shed (right).


Testimonial ... "Very Satisfied Customer"

"Spring Farm has been using the Cherry Hill Coolstores for 20+ years. Our aim as a potato grower is to achieve high quality and high grossing yields.

As part of our potato business we have found the storage of potato seed and the cutting of seed is of high standard. The professional nature of Cherry Hill Coolstores is a credit to all involved within their company.

Very satisfied customer."

Andrew Gale – Manager, Spring Farm Pty Ltd.

Kevin's European Vacation

I have just returned from a river cruise in Europe – from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Budapest in Hungary. We then travelled by bus to Prague in the Czech Republic.

Our river cruise ship (MS AmaVerde) carried about 160 passengers, plus crew. The ship had three main decks and a top sun deck. MS AmaVerde is 168m long and 13m wide, a very comfortable little ship. We travelled a distance of approximately 1800km on three different waterways, the River Main, the River Rhine and the River Danube.

We also passed through a man made canal and 68 different locks: the deepest being 35m to raise and/or lower the ships. These waterways are a maze and a highway for different types of freight ships, transporting all sorts of goods including gravel and rock. We would meet or pass one every 10 minutes or so. These ships have a low, long and narrow profile enabling them to negotiate under bridges and through locks. This takes a lot of pressure off the roads and services. Across six different countries this mode of transport looked very efficient. However, I did not see any more than one or two leisure crafts which I found a bit odd.

The countries we travelled through included, the Netherlands, Germany, Bavaria, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Some of the cities we visited included, Amsterdam, Rudesheim, Mainz, Miltenburg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Vienna and Prague. We did see plenty of castles, churches, palaces and heard a lot of interesting history. One question I asked was, “Why can’t I see any farmhouses when we were passing through the farmland areas?”, the answer I got was, “There are none. They live within the villages and towns, of which some still have protection walls around them which were built back in the 1200s or so.” 

I must say I was very impressed with the city of Prague in the Czech Republic. This country only moved out of communism in 1996. The city appeared to be thriving with busy crowds of people and the infrastructure clean and well-run. The gardens and green zones were well looked after and spaced thoughtfully throughout the city. As we travelled into the city by bus I could see where some of our Australian jobs have gone. We passed a bustling industrial zone on the highway into Prague, some familiar brands were Volvo, Volkswagen, Invecto, BMW, Case, along with many more.

Our guide informed me the country has only 2.3% unemployment, the average wage for a government worker being equivalent to AU$16,000, with access to full health cover and unemployment benefits. The cost of a medium house is just AU$50,000.

As this trip was mainly a tourist journey, regrettably I have no agriculture news to report. We did pass through a lot of grape growing areas though. Let’s hope the weather here clears up and we have a good planting season. 

Hodně štěstí – Good Luck.


Pictured: Kevin Langmaid relaxes on his recent cruise (top banner). Kevin Langmaid (top left). Preparing for one of the delicious meals onboard (right). A few snippets of “Popppy’s” wonderful cruise through Europe (bottom banner).

Kevin is now retired, however can regularly be found out at the Cherry Hill Coolstores. He lives in East Devonport and would describe himself as very happily retired with still a key interest in Cherry Hill. Andrew and Brenden regularly refer to Kevin for his advice and opinions.

          

  Important Information

Please note that some months ago we changed banks to the ANZ (a few customers have still been using our old details so please update your records as we now have new banking details)

Please note these are now:
BSB 017 536      Account no. 3972 26402

Missed a previous newsletter?

 


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Cherry Hill Coolstores, Seed Services, Edition 18 (2017)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Happy New Year (seems a while ago now) and welcome to our Autumn newsletter, the first for 2017. We've had a fabulous start to the year at Cherry Hill and are looking forward to telling you about it!

We have a new bulk unloading and sizing machine (you can watch a video of this in action further below) and even more exciting is that we have a new staff member Tanya! We introduce Tanya this edition and Kevin has his say rehashing the debate on bin sizes.

Happy reading.
The team at Cherry Hill Coolstores



In this issue…



 

Season Report

One tonne bin size debate

Introducing Tanya

New Machinery

Read on for these great articles and much more…

Season report

What an eventful start to the year it has been already at Cherry Hill.

The new bulk unloading and sizing machine has kicked off the 2017 season at Cherry Hill, with impressive results. It allows us to be more efficient by streamlining multiple processes into one. As we unload your seed from the truck, the oversize seed is removed at the same time – which thereby allows us to remove an entire step of re-tipping and grading to remove the larger spuds.

Click here to watch a video of our new machinery in action. Overall, the new machine has proved to be very efficient to operate and also very economical for you, our customers – reducing the costs by $11 
per tonne, for us to unload and size your seed.

We’ve unloaded over 6,000 tonne of seed already and the condition of seed is looking really good – we’re all very happy with it. Our brand new Coolstore is already being filled up with spuds.

Pre-cutting will be starting in early May for next year’s season. So, please let us know if you would like your seed cut early.

Best wishes, Andrew, Brenden, Pam and the team at Cherry Hill Coolstores.




 

Cherry Hill Coolstores Seed Guarantee

Our Seed Management Services. Cherry Hill Coolstores will guarantee our services on Seed Growers seed. If you buy someone else's certified seed, which is presented to Cherry Hill in good condition, and it breaks down, we will replace our cutting and services at no charge.

This guarantee specifically refers to seed piece breakdown, (i.e. rot) and refers to seed which is delivered directly to Cherry Hill Coolstores from the seed paddock for chemical application, coolstoring and cutting. In order for this guarantee to be valid, the Buyer must make claims within 24-hours of the seed leaving Cherry Hill Coolstores and before planting.

In order for this guarantee to be valid, the buyer must make claims with 24 hours of the seed leaving Cherry Hill and before planting.

View more about our guarantee here...



A Slice of Life at Cherry Hill

In February this year we welcomed Tanya to the Cherry Hill team, in her new role as our Administration Manager.

This role has been created to alleviate workload from Pam (so she can go have some more fun)! Tanya will eventually be responsible for around 80% of Pam’s current duties, including accounts, payroll and managing the 
Cherry Hill workflow.

Now the first port of call when trucks/deliveries come in will be Tanya, who will log jobs into our system. She is gradually learning the role and taking on whatever daily tasks Pam throws her way. If you call us it will be Tanya that greets you! With a background in administration (30+ years as a bookkeeper and office worker), Tanya has taken to the role like a duck to water. With a distant family background in farming, Tanya was looking for a change of scenery and a new place to call home – and Latrobe ticked all those boxes for her. It was this role at Cherry Hill 
that prompted Tanya to move.

Tanya has spent the past three years in NSW living in Alstonville (40 minutes south of Byron Bay) 
and really missed Tassie.

“I’m loving this role, and especially the people. I’m glad I moved and can 
see myself here for a very long time.”

Tanya is enjoying the relaxed Latrobe lifestyle, living just down the road from Cherry Hill. In her spare time, she likes various craft-work, sewing and gardening. She’s also really looking forward to becoming a grandmother for the first time in July this year, when her eldest son Greg and wife Anita have their first child. (Tanya has two other children, daughters Caitlin and Jessica).

There’s also a bit of planning to do for her next holiday as Tanya is a keen traveller having visited Canada, Hawaii, Thailand, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Italy … Pam’s hoping to get some good travel tips before she goes!

Pictured: Tanya gets a hold of the new app technology (top) and Pam showing Tanya the ropes (below).


Testimonial ... "They know their product"

"My relationship with Cherry Hill Coolstores has been 15 plus years in differing management roles and as a business owner. The standout for me over this time has been the impeccable knowledge of the seed that is under their care. The clear communication, the seed cutting, the paper trail, the open door policy for growers, the follow-up on issues and the new cutting/storage facilities are all outstanding.

But for me, when we have our first catch up, usually late April, the knowledge of the seed history, the grower, down to the paddock and the aspect where the seed has been grown, is clearly communicated off the top of their head so it is a really easy job for me to narrow down a top three lines for our McCain program. Our preference is for precut, as I aim for an early processing program. But if last minute changes or late cutting needs to occur, it is done time efficiently and minimum stress to me. All staff from Pam, Andrew and Brenden, to the forkies and cutters, are all courteous and helpful and all work towards a quality seed outcome."

Doug Clark – Owner, DD & J Clark Pty Ltd Agricultural Ground Spraying and Grower.

Potato Industry Reluctant to Accept a Change to One Tonne Bins

In 1996 we decided we needed to try and improve our seed handling efficiency. The idea of increasing the bin size could be one way to achieve this.

As a result of this, we considered a one tonne, two tonne and 12 tonne bin. The 12 tonne bin idea was introduced into the onion handling operations at Ulverstone, (still used today) and proved to be very successful. It did not fit the seed handling system at that time for various reasons, however it might be worthy of consideration in the future.

We worked out the best size and structure for what we thought suited our systems at the time and built 20 x one tonne bins to trial for a year. We found these bins worked very well and they also suited the transport system too.

After one year of trialing the bins in various locations in our coolstore we decided that the seed was not compromised at all and announced to the industry that Cherry Hill would be changing over to one tonne bins. We had to change our forklifts to a three tonne capacity, and the box tippers size was increased too. We then purchased 2000 new bins and introduced them into our system.

However, there was still a lot of resistance to the idea at the time. Some industry people believed it was not a good idea and bought 4000 new half tonne bins to be put into the seed scheme. This made it harder for us to cater to both bin sizes. So we introduced a discount for clients who invested in one tonne bins. To be fair there were some growers who really liked the change and immediately changed to the one tonne bins however it took several years to completely discard the half tonne bin.

Today, the one tonne bin is still the original design we settled for when we first introduced them. The structure is much safer and more economical and is the only bin used today. 

This change was 20 years ago. Maybe it is time to revisit the subject? Will two tonne bins give the industry the same savings that the change from half tonne bins to one tonne bins achieved?

If you would like more information on cut seed, call the team on (03) 6426 1590 or email admin@cherryhill.net.au.

Pictured in header: Brenden and Snow Clark of McCains Foods, using the Chillstore App in front of our one tonne bins.

Kevin is now retired, however can regularly be found out at the Cherry Hill Coolstores. He lives in East Devonport and would describe himself as very happily retired with still a key interest in Cherry Hill. Andrew and Brenden regularly refer to Kevin for his advice and opinions.

      

New Bulk Unloading and Sizing Machine

Click below to watch a video of our new machinery in action.


  Important Information

Please note that some months ago we changed banks to the ANZ (a few customers have still been using our old details so please update your records as we now have new banking details). 

Please note these are now:
BSB 017 536      Account no. 3972 26402

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Cherry Hill Coolstores, Seed Services, Edition 17 (2016)

Monday, December 19, 2016



A very Merry Christmas to you.

We're not sure where you place with Santa but you are certainly on our good list! And for this we have a present – our December newsletter! It's been a busy year and we'd like to update you on what's been going on. Our very new coolstore is looking good and on track for operation in 2017 and Kevin Langmaid shares some knowledge on curing cut seed.

If you need any last minute stocking fillers (you'll want a very large stocking) we are having a garage sale! Read about this below!

For these stories and more read on.
The team at Cherry Hill Coolstores



In this issue



 

Season Report

On track for 2017

Curing Cut Seed

Garage Sale

Read on for these great articles and much more…

Season report

With Santa almost on his way, we’re now on the home straight with 100 tonne of seed being cut and 500 tonne left to despatch. We’re delighted that seed has been of exceptional quality for all  our growers and we’re on par for another 9,300 tonne of seed – which is the same as this time last year. That’s an incredible effort, taking into consideration the extremely wet and harsh weather conditions of 2016.

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope you all enjoy the festivities with your loved ones.

Best wishes, Andrew, Brenden, Pam and the team at Cherry Hill Coolstores.



 

Cherry Hill Coolstores Seed Guarantee

Our Seed Management Services. Cherry Hill Coolstores will guarantee our services on Seed Growers seed. If you buy someone else's certified seed, which is presented to Cherry Hill in good condition, and it breaks down, we will replace our cutting and services at no charge.

This guarantee specifically refers to seed piece breakdown, (i.e. rots) and refers to seed which is delivered directly to Cherry Hill from the Seed Paddock for coolstoring and cutting.

In order for this guarantee to be valid, the buyer must make claims with 24 hours of the seed leaving Cherry Hill and before planting.

View more about our guarantee here...


On track for 2017 season


Our new Coolstore is on track for completion prior to Christmas, and the refrigeration is planned for January. All with plenty of time before the 2017 season commences.

Showing confidence in the local industry, we have been able to borrow and invest 1.2 million in the development and setup of the new shed and machinery.

And we’re now hoping you will help us fill them!

We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to Darren Collins of CBC Building Contractors, for a great concreting job. With 64 truckloads of concrete, starting at 2am and finishing eight hours later, it’s the third big concreting job that Darren has helped us with – and a truly great effort.

Thanks again Darren!


Testimonial ... "always well looked after"

"I have been growing potatoes for a long time and for most of that time Cherry Hill have been storing and cutting both our fresh market and processing seed potatoes which is always well looked after.

I have a good relationship with Andrew and his staff and value their advice".

Colin Chaplin – Chaplin Bros

Curing Cut Seed

The Agriculture Industry has moved forward in all areas of harvesting, handling, storing, cutting and curing seed potatoes. We have come a long way from storing in a drafty old shed, cutting in a barn partly filled with hay and drying cut seed by sealing the cut surface with cement. The seed would dry okay but sealed some nasty spores inside the cut seed piece which could manifest at a later time – probably in storage, or worse still after planting creating some misses.

Cherry Hill engaged T.P.R Services to conduct some experimental research as to the best way to safely dry cut seed after cutting during the colder months. As a result of this research, we built our self purpose seed curing room. This has been a tremendous help in curing seed when temperatures are low, however I believe there are also improvements we could introduce if and when finance allowed – the team will monitor this for future developments.

Some people ask “why not cut all seed in the spring?” The short answer is seed that is cut when it is dormant in April, May and June, will heal well and almost always improve size and yield, and give a more even emergence making weed control easier. We find the healed sets emerge as soon as the rose end sets. There are several other advantages as well.

There are five main ingredients to ensure a successful curing of freshly cut seed:

• Remove surface moisture as soon as possible
• Good air flow
• Good air quality
• Humidity
• Temperature

Freshly cut seed generates a lot of CO2. This needs to be exhausted and replaced with fresh oxygen to help the tubers get over the cutting shock and commence suberisation.

Andrew and Brenden are dedicated in finding the best way of managing the drying sheds, having already identified that having the ability to warm seed has been valuable to their procedures. I am sure more improvements will emerge going forward. As the year comes to an end, I must acknowledge that Andrew and Brenden’s management, with Pam as the office manager, looks very good and should serve Cherry Hill well into the future. Their staff are very experienced and know the business and products they handle really well.

If you would like more information on cut seed, call the team on (03) 6426 1590 or email admin@cherryhillcoolstores.net.au.


Kevin is now retired, however can regularly be found out at the Cherry Hill Coolstores. He lives in East Devonport and would describe himself as very happily retired with still a key interest in Cherry Hill. Andrew and Brenden regularly refer to Kevin for his advice and opinions.

      

Garage Sale!

Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones?

We have an extensive range of potato conveying and sizing equipment that are now surplus to our requirements, due to upgrades and the installation of our new unloading and grading equipment.

We also have a ride-on yard sweeper for sale – Tennant model 95SE (pictured right.) 

Buy an individual piece – or make us an offer that we cannot refuse, for the lot! Call (03) 6426 1590.




Important Information

Please note that some months ago we changed banks to the ANZ (a few customers have still been using our old details so please update your records as we now have new banking details)

Please note these are now:
BSB 017 536      Account no. 3972 26402

Missed a previous newsletter?

 


This edition's appealing potatoes


Gallery additions

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Cherry Hill Coolstores, Seed Services, Edition 16 (2016)

Thursday, September 29, 2016



September – Spring! Where has 2016 gone?

We know what we've been up to! We've been busy at the farm and are pleased to share with you some stories on our very new coolstore and new seed intake machinery. Read about this below! Also Kevin Langmaid discusses the highs and lows of vegetable production on the land.

We also have a feature article on the evolution of our one tonne bins!

For these stories and more read on.
The team at Cherry Hill Coolstores

In this issue...



 

Season Report

Introduction to One Tonne bins

Vegetable Production

Bursting with Technology

Read on for these great articles and much more…

Season report

We’re all glad to move on from a wet and wild Winter, with longer 
days and nicer weather forecast for Springtime.

Winter saw the last of the seed coming out of the ground and it was looking pretty good overall, 
taking the recent weather into consideration. And our spirits are high at Cherry Hill, with new equipment due soon and the construction of another coolstore in progress.

Seed is all looking really good at this stage. And due to our improvements in our cutting efficiency 
practice this year, we are actually able to schedule more cutting of seed if anyone requires.


Please give us a call on 6426 1590 to arrange this and book your seed in for cutting.

Have a wonderful Spring season everyone, Andrew and team at Cherry Hill Coolstores.

Cherry Hill Coolstores Seed Guarantee


 

Our Seed Management Services. Cherry Hill Coolstores will guarantee our services on Seed Growers seed. If you buy someone else's certified seed, which is presented to Cherry Hill in good condition, and it breaks down, we will replace our cutting and services at no charge.

This guarantee specifically refers to seed piece breakdown, (i.e. rots) and refers to seed which is delivered directly to Cherry Hill from the Seed Paddock for coolstoring and cutting.

In order for this guarantee to be valid, the buyer must make claims with 24 hours of the seed leaving Cherry Hill and before planting.

View more about our guarantee here...


An introduction to one tonne bins


In 1996 at Cherry Hill we decided to try and improve our seed handling efficiency. The idea of increasing the bin size was suggested as one way of achieving this. We considered one, two and 12 tonne bins.

12 tonne bins were soon ruled out, as this was a huge change, very expensive and it would require the whole industry to be onboard.

So, after trialling one and two tonne proto type bins for 12 months, we found the seed stored in these bins equally as well as they did in half tonne bins. It was therefore decided to go for the one tonne bin.

We worked out the shape and design for what we thought suited our system at the time and nervously committed to 1000 new one tonne bins. The first ones ever built in Tasmania.

There was still a lot of resistance to the idea, so much so, that Simplot (that same year) introduced 4000 new half tonne bins into the system. This and other resistance made the wide spread introduction of the one tonne bins much slower and harder then we expected. We then had to cater for both size bins. We were however, able to offer discount services to customers who invested in the new bins, and this got things moving. There were some growers who really liked the change and got on board, although it still took several years for these bins to be come the industry standard.

At Cherry Hill we handle on average 10 000 tonne of seed potatoes every year, each box of seed is handled about 12 times through the seed cycle.

Thank god for one tonne bins!

Testimonial ... "we are having good results"

"We have been growing potatoes for 30 years and have been using Cherry Hill Coolstores for over
20 years for seed cool storage, since on farm storage of seed potatoes ceased. Cherry Hill now cut all our seed with most of our seed precut.  With their knowledge and modern up to date seed handling equipment we are having good results, making it easier to manage seed at planting time.

We have a good relationship with Andrew and Brendan and they are always there to help and give advice when needed".

Darryl Saltmarsh – Partner R & D Saltmarsh, Central Castra

 

The highs and lows of vegetable production on the land

Kevin Langmaid’s latest article discusses the highs and lows of vegetable production on the land, as he has seen it, in his lifetime.

There has always been great risks associated in crop production, some of the risks have been reduced or eliminated, but the amount of finance invested now, is many times greater than in days gone by.

During the 1950’s and early 60’s we had some highs and lows. One high I recall was the ability to pay 42% off my first farm loan, due to a shortage of commodity and a very high demand for golden Tares, a seed crop in our cropping program. Along with Tares, Blue peas, Grey peas, Canning peas and of course potatoes were well sought after. This was a time before our currency changed over to the dollar in the early 60’s.

My outstanding loan was £7,500 and my Tare payment was £3,150, all requirements of the crop were very good and the yield so high – 38 bushels to the acre, with four merchants very keen to purchase the seed.

This all led to a very good result, except that I had to pay my provisional tax the following year ... OUCH!

A couple of seasons before the Tare high, we experienced a severe low. We had seven acres
of early Bismarks ready to start harvesting. We managed one load dug, when rain commenced and it was nearly two weeks before we could get back to harvesting again. As a result, Irish Blight made it impossible to pick a sample fit to go to market. We estimated the yield was around 12 tonnes per acre – after disease had taken it’s toll it was reduced down to 3 tonnes per acre. The price at the time was about £40 per tonne.

Today, most of the Blight risk has been eliminated with the use of fungicides, however, if growers are not vigilant with crop inspections Blight can still cause a lot of damage along with many other pests and diseases wrecking the bottom financial line of crop production.

I have been fortunate to have witnessed, and been part of, all the new technology and improvements and modern machinery, introduced into our industry. I can safely say growers need more highs than lows, as we did decades past.


Kevin is now retired, however can regularly be found out at the Cherry Hill Coolstores. He lives in East Devonport and would describe himself as very happily retired with still a key interest in Cherry Hill. Andrew and Brenden regularly refer to Kevin for his advice and opinions.

      

Bursting with technology

New Coolstore

The new coolstore will have two sections – the capacity for 1700 tonnes of seed storage in the general coolstore area, plus a drystore with a capacity of 900 tonnes. Featuring all the latest in coolstore technology, such as climate control, CO2 monitoring, and an automatic air exchange system in between inside and outside (stale air out and fresh air back in). We’ll have another update in our next newsletter for you, so stay tuned.

New seed intake machinery arriving soon
Our new seed intake machinery is on track for a November delivery and installation – an early Christmas present for everyone – and it will be in place for your 2017 harvest. One of its biggest advantages is that it will have the ability
to remove any oversized seed during the unloading process. This means it will save us time and thereby save money for all customers of Cherry Hill Coolstores.

Gotta be happy with that!

Pictured:

Main – Andrew standing in the location the new coolstore will be located

Left: view of the plans (up-close) of the new coolstore

Important Information

Please note that some months ago we changed banks to the ANZ (a few customers have still been using our old details so please update your records as we now have new banking details)

Please note these are now:
BSB 017 536      Account no. 3972 26402

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Cherry Hill Coolstores, Seed Services, Edition 15 (2016)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016



Although Winter makes us feel like staying inside look how gorgeous it is if you do venture out! Pictured above is 'Railton Frost', courtesy of Tourism Tasmania and Kelly Slater. Isn't it just stunning.

This edition we've got some great stories that won't make you feel guilty, taking some time out to read. Curl up in front of the fire and enjoy Kevin Langmaid's insight into Free Trade Agreements and read and participate in our discussion about a change in certification of seed.

We'll also introduce you to Sharon Upston from our cutting team.

For these stories and more read on.
The team at Cherry Hill Coolstores

In this issue…



 

Season Report

A Slice of Life
with us at CHC

Free Trade Agreements

Open Discussion

Read on for these great articles and much more…

Season report

Well, hasn’t Mother Nature been keeping us busy!

Seed growers were affected by heavy rains earlier this year, in January. Recent weather in June saw flooding through the Mersey Valley – we certainly feel the pain of dairy and beef farmers, with huge losses of both infrastructure and livestock. Our hearts go out to all those affected.

If there are any flood-related issues that you believe we could assist with, we would gladly offer help to anyone in need of our expertise.

At the coolstore, our cutting is already underway to ease the foreseen cutting pressures of springtime, and early observations are looking good.

Due to the high level of rain and recent flooding, there’s been a reduction in seed quality and some seed rejected for soft rot and nematode, which was to be expected.

Seed allocations are in progress, and you can talk to the coolstore team about the scheduling of your cutting.

Best wishes, Brenden, Andrew, Pam, and the team at Cherry Hill Coolstores.




 

Cherry Hill Coolstores Seed Guarantee

Our Seed Management Services. Cherry Hill Coolstores will guarantee our services on Seed Growers seed. If you buy someone else's certified seed, which is presented to Cherry Hill in good condition, and it breaks down, we will replace our cutting and services at no charge.

This guarantee specifically refers to seed piece breakdown, (i.e. rots) and refers to seed which is delivered directly to Cherry Hill from the Seed Paddock for coolstoring and cutting.

In order for this guarantee to be valid, the buyer must make claims with 24 hours of the seed leaving Cherry Hill and before planting.

View more about our guarantee here...


A slice of life at Cherry Hill



This edition, we chat to another member of our cutting team, the lovely Sharon Upston:

Sharon Upston

It’s been nine or 10 seasons now since we’ve had the pleasure of Sharon walking through our doors. She started way back when we still had morning and afternoon shifts. Sharon recalls when we use to have two lots of different shifts and roles. Now the girls are across every part of the cutting process and simply rotate between different work stations.

Sharon is one of the team on the cutting shed who performs all the major tasks on the trimming line: first stage grading and cutting, the second stage check and ‘last look’ – the final size check. A typical day includes all these three stations followed by clean up at the end of the day.

Outside of our cutting season, Sharon works down the road! Now into her eighth season with Sun Pharma Poppies (previously GlaxoSmithKline).

Born and bred in Railton, Sharon now lives close by in Latrobe. Her interests include gardening and keeping in touch with her beloved family who now live in Sydney and Brisbane. Sharon has two children and three grandchildren who are extremely important to her.

Testimonial ... "up there with the best"

"I’ve been growing potatoes for 45 years and have known Andrew and Pam for 25-30 of these. For the past two years Cherry Hill have been responsible for storing our seed potatoes for McCains, and I’ve got to say they’re right up there with the best in the industry.

The quality control and follow up services are excellent and they always answer any queries we have.

At the start of our relationship I was shown around the coolstores to see how my seed would be managed and this was brilliant. Brenden is great to deal with and very co-operative. If we ever need out of hours service (which we have done) he has always accommodated us, which is really helpful.

Cherry Hill have also shown great support by always attending and participating in our Simplot Seed Field Days, which we appreciate and value.

Graham Lette – Wingaroo Property, Waterhouse (in conjunction with Noel and Yvonne Gerke)

Free Trade Agreements

Kevin Langmaid discusses the opportunities and difficulties, that face our industry regarding Free Trade Agreements.

Australia has four free trade agreements in place – with China, Japan, Korea and Trans-Pacific.

Our Government says that this could open up future opportunities for our local agricultural industry, for all types of farming. l have no doubt this is correct, however we will need some passionate, hard working food producers, to do the basic research necessary, in order to export their product to other countries – of course, this will take a large amount of time and investment. Firstly, you’ll need to be able to communicate and understand with certainty, what part of the market you need to be targeting your product to. Secondly, understand how that market would like your product packaged, and if you can find suitable transport, etc.

This initial research may take 1-2 years before the first consignments – with time and investment being very important and, not to mention (most critical), your front contact person. Like any business, this role becomes doubly important when exporting to a foreign country.

Will this opportunity help the potato industry?

Well yes, either indirectly or even better directly, regardless of whether the potatoes are processed and packaged here first or delivered fresh.

So who is going to travel overseas and find out which markets would be interested in our potato products, and how we would present our spuds to them? Maybe we can learn something from the carrot or onion industries, where there’s already a precedence.

l believe it was Tasmanian companies who founded these export markets for wider Australia, plus much experience in our fruit export industry which has had great success.

So … who is going to lead the potato charge?

We need to research the possible markets and find a niche for potato products. Trade start-ups are full of pitfalls and traps, unless all possibilities are planned for – and we don’t need any nasty surprises or export setbacks.

It is most likely that we will need to develop new potato products, as it will be hard to compete with Asia’s staple diet of rice, but we can aim to supplement it – particularly in trendy restaurants and take-away stores.

This venture is so attractive to us, because we only need a small percentage of any international market, to substantially grow and benefit our local industry.

For more information Australia’s Free Trade Agreements visit their website here.

Kevin is now retired, however can regularly be found out at the Cherry Hill Coolstores. He lives in East Devonport and would describe himself as very happily retired with still a key interest in Cherry Hill. Andrew and Brenden regularly refer to Kevin for his advice and opinions.

      

  An Open Discussion

We’d like to open a discussion to the wider potato community, about an industry move for the certification of seed to be determined from its ‘weight in grams’, to a ‘millimetre diameter measurement’ system instead.

Currently, the Australia-wide certification is based on a specific millimetre measurement – and Tasmania currently is an exception to this certification process, for our ‘weight in grams’ certification. Early discussions have begun with growers, to discuss if an alignment to mainland Australia is viable, and also how to address the differing needs for growers of all seed varieties.

The latest technology and equipment that is readily available, is designed for the ‘millimetre measurement’ certification practices.

At Cherry Hill, we’re in the process of ordering a new piece of equipment. It’s the latest technology in seed intake machinery, and it will be in place for your 2017 harvest. It has the ability to size seed during the intake process. There will be more information on this amazing new piece of machinery in our next issue.

But for now, we’d love to hear your opinion on a move from the certification of seed – from weight in grams to a millimetre/diameter measurement instead. Let’s all talk about the parameters and what everyone believes would be the most acceptable system for the future.

Call us on 03 6426 1590 or email your thoughts through to admin@cherryhillcoolstore.net.au.

 Pictured left:

Main – diagram of the new equipment which enables us to grade and size your seed at the same time.

Inset left: our new 160o tipping machine.

Inset right: one of three new conveyors.

  Important Information

Please note that some months ago we changed banks to the ANZ (a few customers have still been using our old details so please update your records as we now have new banking details)

Please note these are now:
BSB 017 536      Account no. 3972 26402

Missed a previous newsletter?

 


This edition's appealing potatoes


We'd love to hear from you...

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Cherry Hill Coolstores, Seed Services, Edition 14 (2016)

Wednesday, March 09, 2016



We know Easter is earlier this year but we still can't believe it's March and that rabbit is busy preparing his egg deliveries already!

This edition Kevin Langmaid has written our feature article, on our recent seed tour in the North West. We were all really impressed with what we saw this year, and if you'd like some further insight into how things are shaping up, be sure to read on.

We'll also introduce you to our newest staff member Jason Richardson, and we have some lovely feedback from one of our customers that we can't wait to share.

For these stories and more read on.
The team at Cherry Hill Coolstores

In this issue…



 

Season Report

A Slice of Life
with us at CHC

NW Potato
Seed Tour

Easter Message

Read on for these great articles and much more…

Season report

Well, what a Summer of contrasts! From super dry ... to super wet. How is everyone’s seed holding? Some areas have been affected by 18-20cm of rain. Further west has been less affected, with the Hagley and Northern Midlands region being the worst affected by soft rot. We don’t believe it will be an issue by harvest time – with any rot running it’s due course and disappearing, leaving good serviceable seed for harvesting. Talk to Cherry Hill about Easter arrangements closer to the date. 

Seed tours:
All seed examined during our annual seed tours, was of exceptional quality. This is a huge credit to all seed growers – especially since this has been a very difficult and dry Summer.

There has been a frenzy of seed buying, driven by the recent wet weather events. In particular, seed grown in red soil, west of Devonport, has been highly sought after – and is now all gone (sold)!

Grey Soil and Fusarium: There has been a lot of blame put on grey soil for fusarium. Yes, the off coloured soil in the northern midlands does host high levels of fusarium - BUT it is a district thing, not a grey soil thing. For example - the off coloured soils at Mount Seymour or even at Westwood and Rosevale districts have very low instances of fusarium rot in their seed. Make sure you don’t discount good seed for the wrong reason. We have inspected some magnificent seed on grey soil this year. (Note: you can read an in depth review from Kevin Langmaid of our latest seed tour here).

At Cherry Hill Coolstores, we’ve had a busy Summer, cleaning and getting ready for the intake. We’re now very excited and ready to get going, with the first intake of seed scheduled for next week.

Best wishes, Andrew, Brenden and Pam, Cherry Hill Coolstores.




 

Cherry Hill Coolstores Seed Guarantee

Our Seed Management Services. Cherry Hill Coolstores will guarantee our services on Seed Growers seed. If you buy someone else's certified seed, which is presented to Cherry Hill in good condition, and it breaks down, we will replace our cutting and services at no charge.

This guarantee specifically refers to seed piece breakdown, (i.e. rots) and refers to seed which is delivered directly to Cherry Hill from the Seed Paddock for coolstoring and cutting.

In order for this guarantee to be valid, the buyer must make claims with 24 hours of the seed leaving Cherry Hill and before planting.

View more about our guarantee here...


A slice of life at Cherry Hill
Three Cheers for "Richo"



This edition, we caught up with our newest addition to the Cherry Hill family – Jason Richardson:

Jason Richardson

We’d like to introduce you to our newest member of the team – Jason Richardson. “Richo” is a local lad having grown up in East Devonport. He joined us in December last year as our Factory/Coolstore worker and is already showing promise to be a future foreman (look out Scotty)!

Jason’s background is in construction and, as a qualified solid plasterer and tiler has spent the past 25 years in this industry, prior to needing a change. 10 of these years were spent in Brisbane, until his daughter came along and the family decided it was time to return home.

Although agriculture is a totally different business from what he is used to, Jason is comfortable and confident in this new role. Now living in Wesley Vale, he is surrounded by country people and the way of life. His brother-in-law even grows spuds!

We’re currently keeping him busy with maintenance, checking and mending our 11,000 1 tonne boxes. But as the seasons’ change, so will Jason’s role – he’ll soon be responsible for unloading and storage, and whatever else Wayne and Scott throw his way.

Footy keeps Jason fit and takes up most of his spare time outside of work. It’s also how we met Jason – he’s President of the Wesley Vale Football club that our very own Brenden also plays for! Jason plays

either up forward or in the middle with Brenden by his side and admitted, “Brenden goes alright!”

There’s also a softer side to Jason, enjoying music and being a musician. When younger he wanted to be a ‘rock star’ and, along with his brother Scotty, played in a band called Magenta. Although from all reports this wasn’t such a ‘softer’ side, with hair down to their waist, Magenta preferred metal and rock! If they can find the time, Jason and Scott would like to put the band back together – we might even book them for this year’s Christmas party!

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Testimonial ... "an excellent relationship"

"When Langworthy Cool Store ceased operations, on the recommendation of other growers whom had been using Cherry Hill, we moved our seed cutting and storage to this business.

In the first few years we fresh cut from block, with no major seed cutting or storage issues.

Later we have moved to pre-cut seed as recommended by Andrew and Brenden. They advised that this would give a more reliable product at planting too which has been proven without any question in our operation.

As a business that used contract machinery to plant our seed we have found that pre-cut seed is ideal, as it allows flexibility for when we can plant. We just take the seed out of storage just before planting and, because it is colder, it will sit better if weather becomes an issue.

As a small grower, we rely on Cherry Hill’s advice and since ‘grower to grower’ seed trade they have controlled all aspects of seed up until discharge from their facility. They recommend a Seed Line to purchase handle all cutting and storage and send one understandable invoice.

In the years of dealing with the Cherry Hill team, we have had an excellent relationship and they always have time to talk ... to even a small grower."

Paul Taylor – Partner in P and K Taylor (Supplier of Simplot Australia Russet Burbank for over 25 years)

North West Potato Seed Tour

Kevin Langmaid reviews our most recent Seed Tour that occured in the North West in February 2016.

I recently joined in with the seed tour of the North West area, and I must say I really liked what I was shown and what I heard.

We first went to Lileah to Alex Littlejohn’s property and viewed two paddocks of very nice seed. The tuber samples we were shown were very nice, unblemished, of good shape and size and due to be sprayed off very soon. The crop foliage was a good colour.

The tour was very well attended with some 35+ growers and industry reps attending. We then progressed up to Daryl Lohrey’s property and witnessed three more very nice seed crops. Again the samples were very good, well shaped and unblemished.

We visited Tim Hine’s RB paddock and his Top Cat crops. Tim has experienced a difficult season, as have others in the northwest due to the dry conditions. He believes he can finish the crops off OK if conditions don’t get any worse. The RB Sample looked good apart from being a little small so the next few weeks will be important for his yield. The Top Cat crop had an amazing amount of foliage, long and lush due to a nitrogen application. It may have been too early for tuber set had finished, and this caused the foliage growth instead of tuber growth. Consequently, tuber numbers are down which will keep his over all yield down. However the tuber sample looked really good and will make nice seed.

We visited a couple of paddocks of Glenn Carr’s. Again we witnessed really nice seed crops in particular the one up at Loyetea. This I thought was very impressive, new ground in high altitude, light red soil and the sample we witnessed was very impressive. If he can finish off well and get them to store in good condition they should make excellent seed.

Seed buyers must remember the better the seed line the better the out come will be for their crop.  Seed which is healthy and of good shape, not too big will cut in to good even seed pieces, planters will always make a better job at planting time.

The big rain which fell on some northern midland seed crops may have done some damage. However, the rain event did occur early, so any problems should be gone completely by harvest time.

I have noticed that we still repeat some of the old mistakes, which we know, are wrong and this includes Cherry Hill. This includes planting too deep, fertiliser too close to seed piece, too many small pieces or too many large seed pieces – not because we do not know, but because of inattention to machine adjustment. However we know it is important to have good clean even seed to help achieve good out comes.

Some discussions on DNA testing of plants were raised with some people expressing some disappointment in not having a clear understanding of the plants immediate needs. However, Les Murdoch (Simplot Seed Manager), expressed the need to be patient with the technology.

Let’s see how the technology evolves over the next five to ten years – maybe this procedure could be very valuable to growers.

I have to thank Simplot for an excellent seed tour and a great lunch at Daryl Lohrey’s. Lets hope for a good seed harvest, which will start in a couple of weeks or so.

Kevin is now retired, however can regularly be found out at the Cherry Hill Coolstores. He lives in East Devonport and would describe himself as very happily retired with still a key interest in Cherry Hill. Andrew and Brenden regularly refer to Kevin for his advice and opinions.

      

Easter Message

We'd like to take the chance to wish all of our fabulous customers, staff, friends and family a happy Easter break. Stay safe and enjoy a well earned break. Don't forget just to give us a call though if you need to make any arrangements for your seed over this time closer to the date. We're here to help.

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Cherry Hill Coolstores, Seed Services, Edition 13 (2015)

Monday, December 07, 2015



Can you hear those sleigh bells ringing? Who can believe another year has passed and Christmas is upon us?

We have a real treat for you this edition with our feature article, "An Insight from Daryl Lohey". Daryl and Susie Lohrey (Lohrey Pastoral Co) grow potatoes for McCain and Simplot and are clients of Cherry Hill. We spoke to Daryl to get an insight into their
potato growing practices. Daryl shares some great tips for December and discusses climate variation, water shortages and more.

This edition you will be introduced to Christine Murfet from our trimming line and Kevin provides us with an update of his recent trip abroad.

For these stories and more read on.

We hope the silly season treats you well,
Brenden and the team at Cherry Hill Coolstores



In this issue…


 

Season Report

A Slice of Life
with us at CHC

An insight from Daryl Lohrey

Kevin goes abroad

Read on for these great articles and much more…

 

Season report

With Christmas just around the corner, we’re delighted to report that up until the end of October we have cut 8,305 tonne of seed, and during November we have another 1,000 tonne to go. That’s a total of over 9,300 tonne of Tasmanian seed potatoes for 2015. Seed out of the coolstore has predominantly been very good, and has stored well. There was a minor glitch with Russet Burbank seed, 
where we discovered a small percentage in one line that had fusarium. Brenden and team worked through this issue with growers and field officers, at no charge to growers, to achieve an acceptable outcome.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and we trust that your potato crops will be as plentiful as your celebrations on Christmas Day.

Best wishes, Andrew, Brenden and Pam, Cherry Hill Coolstores.




 

Cherry Hill Coolstores Seed Guarantee

Our Seed Management Services. Cherry Hill Coolstores will guarantee our services on Seed Growers seed. If you buy someone else's certified seed, which is presented to Cherry Hill in good condition, and it breaks down, we will replace our cutting and services at no charge.

This guarantee specifically refers to seed piece breakdown, (i.e. rots) and refers to seed which is delivered directly to Cherry Hill from the Seed Paddock for coolstoring and cutting.

In order for this guarantee to be valid, the buyer must make claims with 24 hours of the seed leaving Cherry Hill and before planting.

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A slice of life at Cherry Hill
Introducing Christine from the trimming line



This edition we met with Christine Murfter, another of our wonderful ‘girls’ from the cutting shed. A quick insight into her day and life outside of work here at the Cherry Hill Coolstores:

Christine Murfet

A local lass, Christine is coming into her seventh season at Cherry Hill having joined us in 2009.

Growing up in Latrobe and now living in Devonport, Christine has done a lot of travelling before joining us. For 30 years Christine has supported her husband, who was in the defence force as an Airforce Paramedic. They had various posts around Australia and the world, including a lengthy stint in Malaysia for 18 months.

Now a typical day for Christine is joining the girls on the trimming line. She performs all duties of the cutting stations including clean up and wash down every second day. Rotating through with the rest of the team.

After hours you can find Christine relaxing – she enjoys knitting, reading and cooking. She has a few great Asian recipes up her sleeve now after her travels overseas. The lunch room always smells divine when Christine is working!

An Insight from Daryl Lohrey

Daryl and Susie Lohrey (Lohrey Pastoral Co) grow potatoes for McCain and Simplot and are clients of Cherry Hill. We spoke to Daryl to get an insight into their potato growing practices.

We started by examining a batch of seed potatoes with Daryl that had a low stem number. Just like pruning a tree to stimulate growth, individual shoots on a seed potato can be broken off and further aged, which inspires them to shoot again – often increasing the stem numbers to three.

Daryl mainly grows Russet Burbank and Innovator potatoes. After the seed is hand cut, it is then stored at Cherry Hill Coolstores. Shoots appear when the seed breaks dormancy after winter, and Daryl likes to break off any shoots in November at planting for those varieties that have a low stem number.

“Once you get a handle on the ageing process, you can manipulate the number of stems. And getting the right amount of stems per hectare, is what it’s all about”.


Thoughts for December:

Growers should be thinking about seed in December and January onwards, for the following year (if not all year round!) Find out the location where your seed will be grown. Visit the paddock and, this year in particular (with a dry season), check early for common scab or stressed-looking crops. With Russet Burbank seed for example, stress is caused by a lack of water and this may dramatically age the crop. If your seed crop isn’t looking healthy, now is the time to take action.

Water shortages:

There are many growers who have cut back on planting as much seed as in the past, and Daryl is one of them. In his opinion, it’s better (financially) in drought conditions to cut your losses now and discard a percentage of seed at the start of the season – rather than invest time and money into irrigation and fertiliser for a crop that you know you won’t be able to look after.

Note: fully irrigate the crop at the start of the season for its full requirements, rationing water in the beginning of the season may lead to scab problems.

Inspections of your seed:

Seed inspections are very important this year for seed growers, to avoid disease problems. A lot of seed was planted 2-weeks earlier this year because of good conditions, which is fortunate now with the shortage of water expected until February/March next year on the North West Coast.

Climate variations:

There are always cycles in weather patterns and this year presents similar conditions to that of 2007. We’ve experienced an increase of temperature and less rain is forecast for Summer. But climate change aside, the current political environment presents many opportunities to growers. Daryl’s advice is to embrace this, know your options and find opportunities that suit your business needs.

“Climate change can be viewed as an industry. And it doesn’t matter whether you believe in it or not – or whether it’s real or not – but it’s the way the world is changing, and we should embrace it and look for opportunities for our businesses.”

Strategies for the dry season ahead:

Cut back your production to suit the current drought conditions, and explore opportunities to plant seed varieties that require less water. Daryl wouldn’t recommend rationing water to seed crops, as this can lead to an inferior product at the end of the season.

We thank Daryl for his expert advice during this drier season, and wish our growers the best of luck for the tough months ahead. Please don’t hesitate to contact Cherry Hill for advice at any stage, to help ensure your seed is the best it can be.


Images: Top left – Daryl handles the batch of seed potatoes with low stem. Bottom right – Equipped with LED lights and a GPS, Daryl’s planter also includes six cameras that monitor any blockages, and for any misses or double-ups of seed.

Testimonial ... "their strength is their staff

"I have been planting and growing potatoes for 23 years for McCains. Dealing with Cherry Hill Cool Stores has always been a pleasant experience with their ability to semi hand cut seed. This enables them to pick up on any problems and deal with them promptly. Their strength is their staff and Brendan is always on the ball with advice on seed lines, cutting dates and has a professional attitude to his job".

Stephen Dick. Director of SJ & DM Dick PTY LTD

Kevin Goes Abroad...

During July and August this year I was fortunate enough to travel by car from Rockhampton (QLD) across to Broome (WA) with my wife.

We spent two weeks in Broome and one week in Kunanurra, which gave me the opportunity to visit the Kimberley region. We also visited the Kunanurra Agricultural Area and many other tourist sites showing the pearl industry history, and the current activities in Broome and the Argyle Diamond Mine near Lake Argyle.

Firstly, I must admit it was very difficult getting my wife to leave the very attractive pearl shops in Broome and also the diamond shop in Kunanurra before too much damage was done to our travel budget! I did manage to convince her that the pink diamonds had too many faults – mainly that they’re too expensive.

After we left Rockhampton we drove across into mid western Queensland, most of which remains in drought conditions and looking fairly depressing from an agricultural point of view. Upon reaching the Northern Territory, there was evidence of recent rains increasing across into Western Australia and the Kimberley region.

I can see why our government is flagging the Kunanurra region as a possible food bowl of the future. Lake Argyle is a huge catchment of fresh water – the largest fresh water lake in Australia – with a large 46,100 square km catchment area and a 703 square km surface area. The Ord and Bow rivers flow into it and the dam wall completed in 1971 is 98 metres high and 335 metres long. In 1996 they raised the spillway by a further six metres, thereby doubling the lakes volume capacity.

The main crops grown are Indian sandalwood, melons, mangoes, pumpkins and various salad and veggie greens. Cotton, safflower and rice are under trial again. We did not see any sugar cane.

This is a very impressive area with good soil, flat land and plenty of water. However, the insect pests are large and plentiful, making it difficult to get good quality disease-free root vegetables grown in that climate at competitive prices. Modern agricultural science might need to play a pivotal role in making that achievable.

We were a leisurely eight days travelling back across the top end to Cairns, where we spent time before heading south to the boat and home.

On the journey south, we travelled down on the Bruce Highway to Maryborough, on the New England Highway to Cowra, and on the Olympic Highway through Wagga Wagga to Victoria. I must say all agricultural areas looked fantastic – particularly the canola, mustard, wheat and oats. It looked like they will enjoy a good harvest. The pastures looked very picturesque. It was an enjoyable journey to our boat trip home.

Kevin is now retired, however can regularly be found out at the Cherry Hill Coolstores. He lives in East Devonport and would describe himself as very happily retired with still a key interest in Cherry Hill. Andrew and Brenden regularly refer to Kevin for his advice and opinions.    

It's time to say Goodbye
Cherry Hill Retirements

Since our last edition we have farewelled two of our fabulous staff who have gone into retirement.

We’d like to express our thanks to Peter “Buck” Lunson (pictured left) and Steve “Mitch” Mitchell (pictured right) who were both a big part of our Cherry Hill family for nearly two decades (combined they provided 30 years of service).

Working with the boys, made each day a pleasure.

They will be missed! 



Important Information

Please note that some months ago we changed banks to the ANZ (a few customers have still been using our old details so please update your records as we now have new banking details)

Please note these are now:
BSB 017 536      Account no. 3972 26402

This editions' appealing potatoes



Gallery additions


 

Visit our gallery page for some recent shots from our visit to Daryl Lohrey's property and around our own farm ... we even caught Brenden doing some work!

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