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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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Gallery additions

Want to see what's been going on at the farm? Then visit our online gallery for up-to-date photos of us at Cherry Hill.

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  We'd love to hear from you...

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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

Want to see what's been going on at the farm? Then visit our online gallery for up-to-date photos of us at Cherry Hill.

Visit our online gallery here...

 

We'd love to hear from you...

P: (03) 6426 1590
F: (03) 6426 2464
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Visit our website www.cherryhillcoolstores.net.au




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

Missed a previous newsletter?

 


This edition's appealing potatoes


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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...

P: (03) 6426 1590
F: (03) 6426 2464
E: admin@cherryhillcoolstores.net.au
Visit our website www.cherryhillcoolstores.net.au



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!

Read more about our staff here ...

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.

  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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This edition's appealing potatoes


Gallery additions

You’ll find some shots of Jason working hard with Wayne and also some more snaps of the recent seed tour on our website gallery this edition.

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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.

View more about our guarantee here...


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



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Cherry Hill Coolstores, Seed Services, Edition 12 (2015)

Sunday, September 13, 2015


Farewell Winter hello Spring!

What a beautiful cold, snowy patch we have just experienced but good news... the cold temperatures will have helped sterilize our soil and wipe out a few bugs that give us grief in the growing season. A cold winter does have an upside.

In this edition you can look forward to some fresh ideas from Kevin on seed line selection and we have some tips on handling cut seed and suggestions on planting per acre. You can also meet two more of our wonderful staff from the cutting shed. We introduce Leanne Jackson and Sue Meares.

For these stories and more read on.

Enjoy the fresh air and feeling of a new 'spring' in your step,
Andrew and the team at Cherry Hill Coolstores



In this issue…


 

Season Report

A Slice of Life
with us at CHC

Story time
with Kevin

Handling Cut Seed & Planting

Read on for these great articles and much more…


Roberts Day at Scottsdale

Congratulations to Stuart Millwood on a great Roberts Day at Scottsdale.

It is fantastic to see these events well attended.

Promoted at the event was a new (not registered in Australia yet) infurrow seed treatment called EMESTO PRIME. EMESTO PRIME is an alternative to Amistar. Emesto is a group 7 fungicide which is different to Amistar (group 11). Using a different group fungicide to the normal can be very beneficial as pathogens become resistant to the continued use of one chemical.

Emesto Silver is another similar product (also not registered in Australia yet) that would be applied to cut seed pieces at the time of cutting as an alternative to Mancozeb, to help protect against seed piece breakdown.

If you would like more information on EMESTO PRIME or other seed treatments, call me or the team on (03) 6426 1590 or email me at andrew@cherryhillcoolstores.net.au.

 




 

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...




Introducing the Cutting team
A slice of life at Cherry Hill

We chatted to a few of more of our wonderful ‘girls’ from the cutting shed. A quick insight into their day and their lives outside of work here at the Cherry Hill Coolstores:

Leanne Jackson

Leanne has been a Seed/Potato Cutter with us at Cherry Hill, for 6 and a half years now.

Her daily routine involves moving between all stages of the cutting room. The first stage of grading and cutting, the second stage check and finally the third stage commonly referred to as “last look” where the seed has its last size check.

Having always been interested in horticulture (Leanne worked at a nursery in Devonport before coming to us) Leanne enjoys gardening at home and spending time with her beloved animals, moggies Tige and Milly and Rusty the dog. Leanne has also recently started selling Mary Kay as a hobby so if you need anything for your vanity you all know who to call... maybe some nice hand cream for all you hard workers out there!

Sue Meares

We’ve had the pleasure of Sue turning up to our sheds for 17 years now. Sue came to us after moving to Port Sorell with her partner “Mitch” who also works here!*

You can find Sue on the cutting lines and managing the quality control alongside Beth and Scott. Sue helps Beth supervises the girls on the cutter and monitors the trimming, checking the weight of all our potatoes.

Outside of work Sue likes to relax, walking their dog Poppy and enjoys having a beer! For those of you who read Mitch’s story in our Edition 8 newsletter you’ll remember these guys are keen car enthusiasts having a number of precious vehicles in the garage. Sue adores cars and loves being chauffeured around in them to the many car shows they attend. Asked if they have added to their car collection since we last chatted to Mitch, Sue replied with a cheeky smile “no” ..... “nothing yet!”. Sounds like we should stay tuned for what Santa may bring this year.

* We featured Mitch in Edition 8 of our newsletter – you can view this here.

   

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The girls are well and truly settled into our new cutting shed! Visit the gallery for recent images of the new cutter and the girls at work in our great new facility. 

Read more about our staff here ...

How Important is your seed line selection?

Many growers ask which seed line do we think is best for them to choose. We show them the lines available and they can choose the line they like. Most lines have good and not so good features.

It must be remembered that different varieties respond in a different way to various handling procedures, so let’s focus on the Russet Burbank variety.

This variety must not receive procedures, which cause the seed to age, because it will then set more tubers and the grower will have difficulty getting his crop to make size. Stem numbers are important with this variety and two to three is best.

Factors which have an influence on your yield are disease and general health, nutrition, paddock selection, the seed line, seed storage, seed cutting, seed planting and irrigation just to name a few.

My opinion would be to select a generation 3 lines of seed (if I could get it) with no visual signs of any disease. A size range of 50 grams to no more than 280 grams and having a nice long to oval shape. I would like them to be harvested in March or April and to be pre cut in late April or May.

They would then be well dried and cured and stored in the cool store at 3 degrees.
When they were cut I would need my seed to be not lower that the ambient temperature and ideally 11 - 15 degrees.

Remember any handling procedures carried out on your seed are potentially stressful and may age your seed to some degree. However, with modern procedures and well-maintained machinery operated professionally, this should keep stress to a minimum and tubers should recover quickly from this procedure.

Of course there are many factors, which can influence your yield and quality. Your seed plays a crucial role in that outcome so there are many decisions made which are very important to help increase your bottom line.

Andrew and Brenden’s new cutting and handling facility was designed with all these and many other factors in mind. It will help to carry out seed procedures in a less stressful manner - remember happy seed means better quality and better yield for your crop.

Whilst it is good to get all the visual aspects of your seed right there is always the hidden unknown possibilities of ‘nasties’, which may be present. These could emerge later on. A lot of these pathogens can depend on seed paddock selection and knowing what the seed grower has to watch out for.

Yes, your seed is very important and plays a huge role in the success of the crop.

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.

    

Cut Seed and Planting Tips

Handling Cut Seed

Care in handling cut potato seed is perhaps the most underrated aspect of commercial potato production. Cut potato seed is much more easily bruised than whole potatoes of similar weights. The most vulnerable areas of the seed pieces are the edges of the cut surfaces. Very small impacts can damage cells on the edges of the cut seed. These damaged areas allow decay organisms present on the seed or in the soil to infect the seed piece. Damaged cells may not heal. Seed-tuber and seed piece bruise is beginning to be recognized for its importance. Bruise problems are more severe (both before and after cutting) with larger seed tuber sizes. As seed tuber size increases, there are more cut surfaces, more right angle cuts 
and greater cut surface areas per seed piece. The number of cut surfaces on the seed piece affects the rate of emergence, the rate of early growth, stem numbers, set, grade and final yield. The more cut surface area on the seed piece, the greater the seed decay potential, the slower the emergence, the more stored energy in the seed that is dedicated to wound healing and suberization and, therefore, the less that is left to support new plant growth.

Planting Quantity per Acre

The quantity of seed required per acre depends 
on the average seed piece size and the seed piece spacing. Larger seed has been shown to produce bigger yields in some varieties. Keep in mind, 
however, that many other factors besides seed piece size and physiological age of the seed piece determine the final yield. These include soil 
temperature at planting, accuracy of the planter, 
soil moisture, fertility and diseases.

Article courtesy of University of Maine – Bulletin #2412. 

Testimonial ... People we trust

"...with people we trust – that's why we deal with them."

Glen Carr - largest grower of potatoes for McCain in Tasmania, Australia

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This editions' appealing potatoes

 


We've sprung into the new cutting shed


 

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Cherry Hill Coolstores, Seed Services, Edition 11 (2015)

Monday, July 06, 2015

How's winter treating you?

As the chilly months set in we've reflected on the state of the Agriculture Industry and the supervision of cut seed... and things are warming up! You can read about this in our first article below.

And good news. We're into the new shed! Brenden and I are dedicated in finding the best way of managing the new drying/cutting shed and have already identified that having the ability to warm seed has been valuable to our procedures. I am sure more improvements will emerge going forward too.

Along with our updated facilities, we think our management combined with Pam as our Office Manager, looks very good and will serve you well into the future. Our staff are very experienced and know the business and products they handle really well. We introduce you to three of them in this edition.

For these stories and more read on.

Have a wonderful winter season everyone,
Andrew and the team at Cherry Hill Coolstores

In this issue…

 

Season Report

A Slice of Life
with us at CHC

Brenden's Brief

Story time
with Kevin

Read on for these great articles and much more…


Supervising cut seed

The Agriculture Industry has moved forward in all areas of harvesting, handling, storing, cutting and supervising 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 sets 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.

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 & 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 suberisation 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.

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

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
Introducing the Cutting Team



We chatted to a few of our ‘girls’ from the cutting shed. A quick insight into their day and their lives outside of work here at the Cherry Hill Coolstores:

Beth Blenkhorn

Beth joined our Cherry Hill family nine years ago and with her she brought a wealth of experience and an infectious personality!

You can find Beth managing the quality control of the cutting alongside Scott. Beth supervises the girls on the cutter and monitors the trimming, checking the weight of all our potatoes. (FYI – the optimal size of your seed potatoes is 41-70grams!)

Outside of work Beth likes to practice and perform her cultural dancing and is a member of the Mariposa Group in Latrobe. Beth is from the Philippines and loves sharing her cultural heritage with the group and members of the public who they often perform for.

Debbie Weeks

A local lady, Debbie is one of our most experienced in the cutting room having been with us for 11 years. When asked what roles are performed most days, modest Debbie simply said,

“I progress through the stages of the cutter, starting on the general table to last look and then back to the smaller table where the undersized potatoes are sorted.” In truth the rest of the team let us know Debbie’s main role was “making the girls laugh constantly”!

When not at work Debbie enjoys spending time with friends, dining and relaxing. An avid tennis player in the day Debbie now prefers to sip a latte and enjoy a good meal with friends.

   
Sue Thorton

We got the feeling Sue may be Debbie’s partner in crime, although she wasn’t letting on! Sue is also one of our most experienced workers on the cutter and has been with us for 10 years.

Early starts often see Sue arrive at Cherry Hill by 6.45am to setup the cutter and equipment for the day. “Every evening the equipment is washed and packed away, this role is shared with the group on a roster system, as are the early starts to prepare for the day. Generally our most experienced staff looks after this until everyone is familiar with the process”.

In her spare time Sue likes to read and knit and is part of the Devonport Machine Knitters Club. Once a month the club members meet and discuss projects and share tips. “It’s a fabulous volunteer project that sees the members knitting blankets, beanies, and jumpers (to name a few) for underprivileged groups.” What a gem our Sue is.

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This month sees our cutting team move into our new shed! The girls’ smiles couldn’t be bigger with winter setting in, as our new shed has heaters! Check out the gallery for recent images of the new cutter and the girls at work in the old shed. 

Brenden's Brief

Hi Growers,

This year’s intake of seed has been really good with weather and seed quality on the growers’ side. However, with the good growing season, it caught some growers out with seed bulking quickly and becoming oversized seed.

Defects of seed have mainly been powdery scab with a little nematode seen as well.

Just a reminder to growers that if they haven’t organised their seed and returned the paperwork to do so as soon as possible.

If you would like to discuss your seed, call me or the team on (03) 6426 1590 or email me at brenden@cherryhillcoolstores.net.au.



Story time with Kevin Langmaid
Machinery Development

In the late 1960s and early 1970s I remember Bruce Cutts and Peter Gillam searching the overseas machinery manufacturers for a suitable onion harvester to harvest here in Tasmania for Vecon P/L. They employed me at that time. They could not find anything suitable as most crops were harvested by hand after field drying. The decision was then made to build their own harvester.

Bruce Cutts was the designer and John White was responsible for the hydraulic drive system. Stewart O’Brien was the main fitter/welder to build the machine. After some initial start up problems, the machine turned out to be very successful for many years going forward. Dennis McCormack was the new fitter and he made several improvements. Dennis was a very loyal agricultural fitter for Vecon for many years.

The machine consisted of a pickup chain conveyor with a rubber draper on top. This fed in under a large extraction fan for rubbish removal. The product then moved into a large basket wheel (Ferris wheel) to elevate up to an inspection belt. This then deposited the crop in to a smaller hopper, which was emptied into a truck driving along side – very modern for the times.

I remember the start up day for that machine very well, as I was the designated operator. I can only say it was a stressful time, experienced by all. The machine, after all the chains were fully loaded, seemed to fade away and stall.

After many frantic adjustments and changes made by the designers, we were left scratching our heads as how to solve the problem. Adding to our dilemma was the fact we got a visit from our Managing Director telling us he needed 900 tons into the factory over next two days as shipping deadlines had to be met. The pressure was on!

After more hydraulic motors were replaced with a higher capacity, to no avail, and darkness was upon us. It seemed we needed a larger main hydraulic pump, which we could not get for at least a few days.

Very tactfully, I suggested to Bruce we could convert the pickup drive to mechanical and relieve the load on the hydraulic system. He finally agreed after I offered him a P.T.O. Drive and gearbox we had at home on an old Port Adelaide potato digger. Stewart O’Brien and yours truly were assigned to install the temporary drive to the machine over the night and be ready for next day’s harvest.

That was a very successful night’s work, as we loaded some 120 tons of onions the next day and declared the machine a success. That drive system remained on the harvester for the rest of that season, and at least one other until Denis McCormack and Bob Hillier installed a new and more powerful hydraulic system to it. That machine went on for many years, loading thousands of tons of onions. Many other onion-packing companies used the same or very similar machines as the export market expanded.

 
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
"Friendly, conscientious and helpful!"

"Cherry Hill Coolstores have been handling our seed for about 15 years. Over this time we have seen their business grow, to be one of the most modern and up to date potato seed handling facilities in the state.

They are friendly, conscientious and helpful, always making sure our seed is well looked after."

Beau Gooch - Owner/Manager, Wisedale Pastoral

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We have just changed banks to the ANZ and now have new banking details. Please note these are now:
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Cherry Hill Coolstores, Seed Services, Edition 10 (2015)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hopping you have a wonderful Easter!

As Easter is upon us we’ve had time to reflect and realise “nothing stays the same”. At Cherry Hill we’ve been very busy revamping our seed potato cutting operation. This project started in the planning stages 12 months ago.

We wanted to create an environment in which we could cut seed potatoes and incorporate all the systems that the years of experience have taught us, to get the best outcomes for cut seed potato pieces.

We developed our seed piece curing room three seasons ago. This has been very beneficial in the curing of cut seed. It also gave us the tools to further explore different environments for seed cutting.

Our new seed cutting facility is a 15 x 44 metre food grade, climate controlled room, with the most technically advanced machinery currently being installed (with a few Cherry Hill modifications). The cutting room also incorporates a sealed fungicide application area. We feel it is extremely important to put modern fungicides on seed pieces but OH&S is always an issue. This new layout solves that problem.

Our cutting crew will certainly enjoy working in a heated shed throughout winter. The ease of cleaning and sterilising, the ability to warm large quantities of seed quickly, updated machinery and Cherry Hill’s experience in seed potato management will give our customers more security in their potato seed than they’ve ever had before.

Of course Cherry Hill backs this up with our seed guarantee.

From our survey conducted before Christmas some responses on our guarantee was that they thought it was a bit gimmicky. Be assured that it is no gimmick and it is a genuine guarantee. There have been several beneficiaries that have benefitted from our commitment... Now that’s something really sweet, even the Easter Bunny could not deliver!

Have a wonderful Easter break everyone,
Andrew and the team at Cherry Hill Coolstores



In this issue…

 

Seed Crops
are up

Darren bowls
us over

Kevin's Opinion

New shed
progress

Read on for these great articles and much more…

Brenden's Easter Message

Hi Growers,

As we speak there have been around 1400 tonnes of potatoes delivered to Cherry Hill. Most of these have made certification.

The loads that have failed, are due mainly to powdery scab. In our travels around crops this year, I have seen crops with scab nodules on the roots but not yet on the tubers.
Hopefully this doesn’t transfer by time of harvest.

In general, seed crops this year are better than they have been the last few years, due to a good growing season. As long as it doesn’t get wet, growers should receive some quality seed.

Good luck for the remainder of the season. If you would like to discuss your seed, call me or the team on (03) 6426 1590 or email me at brenden@cherryhillcoolstores.net.au.

Pictured above right: Brenden impersonating the Easter Bunny and above left: an example of powdery scab.

Darren’s our own All-Rounder!

Diversity comes easy for our newest employee.

Joining us in December 2014, Cherry Hill Coolstores can’t comprehend how they ever did without their Maintenance Fitter, Darren Nicholls.

When we spoke to Darren in December last year he’d been a member of the Cherry Hill family for just three weeks, however the rest of the team were already singing his praises. He acknowledged that this new position was a really good fit for him.

Born in Devonport, Darren is a local lad who grew up in the region attending Reece High and gaining a trade as a Fitter and Machinest in the area.

“I did my apprenticeship at Simplot Australia but have had a few jobs since leaving school. I worked at Tas Belting Service and Supplies for four years, Wootton and Byrne Construction (construction and steel works) and I’ve worked on conveyor belts and as a forklift driver.

I had a position with DPM Engineering for a while and helped build the Devonport Aquatic Centre which was a big job.”

With such a versatile set of skills and knowledge it’s no wonder Darren is considered Cherry Hill’s all-rounder. His daily routine involves all maintenance on site, seeing to equipment, belts, bearings, fitting and forklift driving.

Darren is also a handy all-rounder on the cricket pitch and plays cricket with Brenden at Sassafras. He loves being outdoors and in his spare time (when not hitting people for six) Darren enjoys shooting, fishing and kayaking. “I try to get to our on-site caravan in Port Sorell as much as I can, or take the kayaks to the Mersey River and Muddy Creek.”

Read more about our staff here ...

Pictured: Above left – Darren Nicholls. Above right: Darren and his vehicle of choice while onsite 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...


Kevin says “It’s potato harvesting time again”



Harvesting of seed crops has commenced. Lets make sure we get every procedure in the chain right and get the seed to storage in the best possible condition.

Ensure the machine you’re using to lift your crop has all potential damage points identified and repairs done if needed. An experienced operator who understands the machine and its adjustments, and is able to get your crop lifted and into a transport trailer in the best possible condition is necessary. Remember one way to identify scrapes and bruising is to wash a sample and, after a short time, the marks will be easy to see.

Be aware and make sure the soil moisture levels are up to a reasonable standard to help eliminate operational damage.

Ensure your crop is set in the skin before you commence harvesting. It takes a long time for them to tighten after harvest and mostly don’t, and this gives harmful pathogens access to the tubers during handling and storage, which may not manifest itself until after the tubers are cut and planted.

Stones are the worst contributor to tuber bruising while harvesting, especially if allowed to roll or bounce on elevating chains. Make sure some soil stays on until elevation if finished. This can be difficult if harvesting on steep inclines. Setting the machine to harvest one way would be an option.

It is very important that your loads are delivered to your receiver as soon as possible after digging, so that fungicides can be applied. Do not leave loads tarped in paddocks waiting for a prime mover for more than a few hours. We have found at times one or two loads out of a particular line show troublesome symptoms, and these loads were delivered over 24 hours after being dug.

Notify your receiver how many loads you intend to send in for the day, and make sure the load information sheet that you send in with the loads is correct: owner of crop, time harvested, who the load is for, variety, and generation. Remember: if you planted G2 seed you are now harvesting G3 seed.

Cherry Hill Coolstores has invested more capital in a new cutting facility with many improved features that enable more efficient and better quality output. We believe our clients will be pleased with the improvements and receive a better product.

Hope you enjoy a trouble free harvest, and your yield and quality is up.

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.

 

Dedication to the cause

Our fabulous Pam, through thick and thin she never gives in.

As most of us know Andrew loves touring on motorbikes. It may come as a surprise but Pam has also developed a liking for it and has got her learners license.

Unfortunately though, on a recent trip to the North West, our Pam crashed on the Arthur River road in early March, resulting in a broken ankle and a whole lot of domestic duties for Andrew! Despite the pain (from Andrew’s whinging, not her ankle that was broken in three places).

Pam has soldiered on and continued to work from her wheelchair! ... Isn’t she great! Thanks Pam.
    

Testimonial ... "We can't fault them!

“Cherry Hill Coolstores have looked after our seed for over 20 years now and nothing is ever too big a job for them – we can’t fault them.

They are friendly and professional and always listen to us. We are farmers and they are the specialists, and we confidently put our trust in them as they keep a good eye on our product. We are over two hours away from them so we can’t just call in and check up on things however we never need to as we feel secure leaving everything in their hands.”

Harry Korpershoek – Co-Owner, Korpershoek Brothers PTY LTD.

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This edition's appealing potatoes

 

And how about a great idea for Easter and left over potatoes!


Martha Stewart has a great potato stamp video if you need some help and ideas! If you do create some masterpieces we'd love to see them! Email them to us at admin@cherryhillcoolstores.net.au.

Easter Bunny brings us something sweeter than chocolate!

 

Pictured above is a recent image of our new shed as it develops! It really is coming along nicely. This expansion will create great opportunities and provide us with the facilities to offer you better services and support.

For more images from Cherry Hill (particularly more of the shed's developments) visit our online gallery here...

 

 

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Cherry Hill Coolstores, Seed Services, Edition 9 (2014)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ho Ho Ho! Can you believe it’s nearly 2015? Christmas came early this year, 
with this years’ planting season being kind to farmers, the crops were planted 
on time and generally went into ideal conditions.

Overall seed came out of the coolstores in good condition and with very 
few issues. Seed set size in some varieties was smaller this year due to the late 
planting of crops last year. Unfortunately, many seed growers were not attaining their target size. 

The good news though, both Andrew and myself have been travelling around crops lately and have found them to be in great condition with some of the early planted crops less than a month from harvest.

Hopefully the season continues to be kind and sets us up for a good harvest season.

Until then, please continue reading and catch up on all that has been Cherry Hill in the last few months. We’ll introduce you to our Farm Hand Wayne, you can find out who won our dinner at Rock Wall and you can get a sneak peak at what Santa has brought us for Christmas. We’re really excited about this.

Merry Christmas to all and we hope the man in the red suit finds you,

Brenden and the team at Cherry Hill Coolstores

Pictured: Top: Brenden getting into the spirit of Christmas. 
Above left: Andrew and Pam spread the Christmas cheer and above right, look at our fabulous new shed. What better Christmas treat could we have hoped for! Thank you Santa! (For more pictures keep reading or visit our gallery here).




In this issue…

       

Wolfgang wins!

Paddock to Planter

Wonderful Wayne

2015 Seed Tours

Read on for these great articles and much more…

Our Customer Service Survey

 

We have a winner ... Well done Wolfgang!

Congratulations to Wolfgang Stillger, the winner of the random draw in our survey 
competition. Enjoy your steak at Rock Wall!

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the survey. We like to know what you think we do well, and we need to know what you think 
needs improving. The common theme that you said could be improved is 
communication and the paper trail associated with seed movements.

We are working on this.

Again, thank you to everyone who completed our survey. For further feedback 
please let us know by emailing us at admin@cherryhillcoolstores.net.au or phoning us on (03) 6426 1590.

Pictured above: Brenden and Andrew present Wolfgang with his prize. (L-R Brenden, Wolfgang and Andrew).
 

 

The Cherry Hill flow chart

We've put together a handy chart that explains our work flow here at Cherry Hill. Everything that gives our coolstores a distinct advantage. View our flow chart:


 


Testimonial ... "Doing business with them a pleasure"

“Cherry Hill Coolstores have been cutting and storing our potato seed for approximately 
seven years. During this time I have developed a strong working relationship with the entire team including both management and staff.

I am greeted warmly from the time I enter the gate and it makes doing business 
with them a pleasure. Andrew and Brenden are happy to share their knowledge 
and expertise which, in turn, has lead to a boost in our productivity and an overall
better bottom line.

I also find they are happy to ‘go the extra mile’ in the service they offer and their 
‘can do’ attitude to everything is refreshing.”

Phillip Loane – PA & RM Loane Dunroan

View more of our testimonials here...  


Introducing wonderful Wayne!"

Wayne Maxwell is a real surprise package.

Loved around Cherry Hill by everyone that meets him, Wayne Maxwell laughs when asked if he has a nickname, replying “they call me anything!”. Wayne explains his role as a Farm Hand means he is involved in every aspect of the business, farm and factory. “They call me anything and I do everything!”

Growing up in Gawler, just behind Ulverstone, Wayne is a local lad who now resides in Turners Beach. For the past nine years he has called Cherry Hill his main employment, however Wayne is active in the community with a few roles and has his finger in quite a few (Christmas) pies!

Being busy comes naturally to Wayne who before starting at Cherry Hill held a variety jobs. “As a kid I worked for my father in the Gawler shop (that incidently my father built). I also used to do the mail runs and I was working on the farm driving tractors way before I was old enough to!” Wayne’s first real employment was at the Gunns Plains Hop Farm, where he worked for 26 years from the start to finish of the business prior to starting at Cherry Hill. Now his days are filled with a variety of roles as he takes charge of seeing to the daily needs of the farm (including 300 odd cattle) and factory. Primarily working on the bulk unloading and loading cut sets and the trucks, Wayne also mends the fences and pallets at Cherry Hill and sees to general maintenance as required.

Outside of work there is still no rest for the ‘not-so-wicked’! Wayne is a keen fisherman who often ‘out fishes’ Brenden we are told! He’ll fish anywhere, anytime and any way – well skilled in fly fishing or using bait and lures. Asked where he has fished, the reply “where haven’t I fished!” Having been taught by his grandfather at a very young age, 
Wayne remembers he caught his first fish on fly at just eight years old.

And the big surprise... Wayne has a green thumb! When not away trying for the next big catch Wayne enjoys gardening and tends to six properties other than his own around Turners Beach.

We are so thrilled to have Wayne at Cherry Hill. It’s true to say he’s a real catch!

Read more about our staff here ...

Pictured: Above left – Wayne Maxwell. Above right: Wayne and "Buck" tend to some broken pallets in the yard.

     

2015 is just around the corner"


The dust is just settling on the planting and we must begin to think about the next.

Your chance to inspect next year’s seed is on the industry seed tours in February. 
They are a great opportunity to look around different farms and see what other 
people are doing. You will always learn something.

Dates will be advised in January.


   

Pictured: Images from Phillip Loane’s East Devonport property; early paddock of Trail Blazers that were planted on 25th August 2014.

 

Cherry Hill Coolstores Seed Guarantee"


 

Our Seed Management Service. 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...


Missed a previous newsletter?"

 


This edition's appealing potatoes "

 

 

Our very own Christmas present to us ... and you!"

 

Pictured above are some images of our new shed going up! We’re thrilled to be expanding and ultimately to being able to offer you more services and facilities in 2015.

For more images from Cherry Hill (including us enjoying our Christmas lunch) visit our online gallery here...

 

 

We'd love to hear from you..."

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