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Hi,

What a year it has been for most farmers to remember; exceptionally dry and tough conditions with far too much fallow in almost all areas we see. The Precision Planting business for us has been surprisingly busy, though well back on last year's numbers, with time available for us to work on our business organisation to ensure a smooth run when the rain comes.   

It has been great to catch up with most of our customers either at field days, meetings, or on the phone this year, and we are very encouraged by the positivity of farmers focussing on making the first planter pass the best they can when it happens. We're hearing stories of how our products are enabling more control and still the general comment being that once you have used Precision Planting products you will never go back. 

We've seen a couple of new products make it to the field from Precision in the last year, but one that is most exciting for me is FurrowForce. I had the pleasure of running 18 FurrowForce on our planter last year at sorghum plant, and we saw first hand the ability this two-stage closing wheel system had to close the seed trench from the bottom up while creating a loose and consistent seed bed, then using the stitch wheels to maintain a constant pressure over the top of the seed to lock in the moisture, and therefore limiting the drying out effect that happens all too often at planting. FurrowForce is a product well worth taking a look at this year to see if it can benefit you when the seasons turn around. More information can be found at the Precision Planting website: FurrowForce
We were excited to add Josh Raikes to our team in New Zealand this year, as it gives us more scope with support and specialty crop knowledge. Josh has been great for us to bridge the gap between Precision Planting products and other third party systems, as far as sharing data and simply importing and exporting boundary and prescription maps. Josh has had his hands busy supporting new and existing products in New Zealand as Precision Planting have been active with selling and testing with Maize for a number of years in NZ, so we think it's a great fit for New Zealand farmers and our Aussie customers from a support network angle. 
Josh Raikes: Product Support / Service / Parts / Sales - throughout New Zealand
It goes without saying that everyone is wishing for rain under the Christmas tree this year and everyone at Precision Seeding Solutions are hoping your wishes are met in 2020. We hope you have a great Christmas with friends and family and we look forward to catching up in the near future. 

Best regards,
David McGavin
🎄 
ROUND UP OF 2019 USA STUDY TOUR
Ohh, what a trip we had!

The 2019 PSSAG Study Tour began on 24th July 2019 when 17 farmers and dealers headed to the USA for 2 weeks of learning and adventures. From the 360 Yield Center “Proving Grounds”, to farm visits around Illinois, and a day at the iconic Precision Planting PTI Farm – and that was only in the first 3 days!!

From here we travelled to Nashville for some down time to explore the country music vibe of Downtown Nashville.  Our second week began with a Jack Daniels Distillery tour and a memorable lunch at Mis BoBo’s, before heading off to Tait Farms for a farm visit.

While in the state of Georgia we visited a peach farm, cotton farm, Demot Peanut Company, Expo Farms, and dinner at Coney Lake Ranch with the Commissioner of Agriculture of Georgia. We finished out the week in Atlanta where we began watching a live baseball game before abruptly finishing due to rain, rain, rain, heavy rain (we did pray that we could take some home to Australia with us ... I think it is still on its way!).

The next day we announced our Mystery Trip location which saw us in Puerto Rico for 3 fabulous nights. We had fantastic weather and experienced some beautiful culture and amazing experiences.

This trip would not have been as great as it was without the input of the 17 people that attended.  We all had a great time, below are some comments made by some of the farmers and dealers that attended the trip:

“Trip of a lifetime.”
“A great trip – plenty of free time and a cool mystery location.”
“An opportunity of a lifetime was given to us, where we were able to travel to learn lots and reflect on our own learnings upon our return.  We met new people from Australia and the world and found we all had that common language called ‘farming’.”
 
We have decided to run the trip every 2 years with our next PSSAG Study Trip being 2021.  If you would like to register your interest in this trip, and be first on the email list when details are available please email lauren@pssag.com

 
PJ's Comment 2019
PJ Bradford
As we start to close the chapter on 2019 I will reflect on some of the positives of another very challenging year. I started my position as “Business Manager” for PSSAG in January this year after a long career in Farm Management; my travels took me from Emerald in the North to farms within 30 mins drive from Sydney. One thing I admire in my travels is the resilience of our clients in adverse conditions and their continued quest to improve their planters performance to achieve maximum yields despite this.
 
It was very interesting to look at multiple planters on farms throughout NSW & QLD and see how every planter was set different to combat conditions they were dealing with at the time, whether it was depth of moisture, trash levels, dry soil, compaction or closing the seed trench. From an observation point of view, closing the seed trench effectively without incorporating too much dry dirt was the biggest issue I saw despite an obvious lack of rainfall. I saw multiple combinations of press wheels, drag chains and finger tines on planters in an effort to find the right solution for conditions at the time. Closing the seed trench effectively in all conditions is a problem many growers face each planting. Each year seems to bring about a different set of planting conditions exposing problems we have never experienced before. 
 
With Precision Planting having mastered the front half of the row unit I was more than excited to see the release of their new closing system "FurrowForce”. FurrowForce uses two stages to close the trench effectively. The first stage is where the pinch wheels move the soil horizontally in a zipper like action which removes air gaps at the same time. This pushing together of the side wall saves the need to incorporate loose surface dirt to fill the trench like a traditional twin press wheel setup. The second stage of closing is done by the rubber stitch wheels that create proper soil density for moisture retention and quick germination. We were lucky enough to obtain 40 FurrowForce units which we now have out in the field and are evaluating the results. If you haven't already, click through to Precision's website page on FurrowForce to have a read and watch some videos on this product, including one that shows FurrowForce's unique closing action in moist conditions.

I'll close out my report by thanking you all for your continued support and if anyone does get the opportunity to drag their planter out of the shed this summer, you may find the attached “10 planter tips” link a good watch as a pre-season check before your planter heads out into the field.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and hopefully wet new year. 
 
Cheers,
PJ Bradford

 
Southern NSW Update
Aaron Fitzpatrick
This summer's crop plant in the southern valley has seen Precision Planting products being used to plant cotton, corn (grit, pop and sweet) sorghum and sunflowers. With little water allocation most crops are being grown on bore water. 
Pop corn planting at Griffith
Canola at Leeton planted with vSet meters
Cotton planting at Carrathool
North Queensland Update
PSS AG
North Queensland and the Burdikin region have, like most places, not been spared with the dry weather. On a recent trip to Bowen I met with a number of growers who explained they have been waiting for the seasons to get back to normal but most agreed they're not sure what the normal is anymore.

We have had a number of planters running Precision gear up and going, and there has been a trend of farmers planting corn, soybeans and cotton for the first time. Cotton Seed Distributors have continued their involvement in the area and pushing cotton further north every year. 

PSS have been active in helping irrigation farmers and dry land farmers get prepared for when the rain arrives. We have some of our existing customers in the south head north to try the North Queensland style of farming and even head to West Australia with the Ord Dam and its abundance of water creating a lot of excitement. PSS Ag have a strong presence in Kununarra and we will be holding pre-planting meetings early in 2020 for existing and new customers.

We have a picture of a planter started up last week at Ayre where we had an existing customer update from 2 smaller planters to a large 18 Mt machine to help him roll over the farm in a hurry when needed.
North Queensland
Kununurra 
Southern Queensland Update
Marshall Rasmussen
Rasmussen Bros Engineering would like to thank our existing and new customers for their support in 2019.

Another tough year has been thrown at us and we really appreciate the planters we have been able to build in these times. Hopefully rain is just around the corner so we can get these into the fields and get some crop in the ground.

We had around 45 people come to our 20/20 information and planter night recently, which was great to see, and to be able to catch up with growers that use and love their Precision Planting products.

Merry Christmas to all and we look forward to working together in 2020. 

Thanks from the team at Rasmussen Bros Engineering
Central Queensland Update
Zane & Casey Hood
Central Queensland has had another very dry start to the season with little to no rain. Even so, we have been busy fitting up vDrive and CleanSweeps to planters in the area. 

CleanSweep is great way to move trash away from your seed bed area and with these dry conditions it has also been used to move some dry dirt away to allow easy access to moisture for seed germination. 

We have had two very successful fields days recently, one in Dysart and one in Capella, where Dave touched on how to navigate your way through the 20/20 screen and what’s new out of Precision Planting. Thanks to all those who could make it.

We look forward to seeing some rain and wish you all a very merry Christmas. 
UPCOMING FIELD DAYS/CONFERENCES
This is where you will find PSS in 2019:

CRT FarmFest
2nd - 4th June 2020 
11465 Warrego Hwy, Kingsthorpe Park, Toowoomba, Qld, 4400
 
Ag-Grow Emerald
18th - 20th June 2020
26089 Capricorn Hwy, Emerald, Qld, 4720
 

Australian Cotton Conference
4th - 6th August
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, 2684-2690 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach, Qld, 4218


AgQuip Gunnedah
18th - 20th August 2020
134 Blackjack Rd, Gunnedah, NSW, 2380
PSSAG Support Central
41 Rifle Range Road
Inverell, NSW, 2360


Premer Depot
8067 Bundella Road
Premer, NSW, 2381
David McGavin - Service & Sales - 0447 442 136 - david@pssag.com 
Lauren McGavin - Accounts & Ordering - 0417 341 674 - lauren@pssag.com 
Sales - 0447 442 146
Service - 0455 442 289
PJ Bradford - Business Manager - 0499758352 - pj.bradford@pssag.com


Josh Raikes - NZ Support 
957 Riverslea Rd S
Longlands, Hastings 4122
NZ: +64 27 264 3670 / AU: 0431 818 855 / josh@pssagnz.com

 
Based on the Liverpool Plains of northern New South Wales, Precision Seeding Solutions services the East Coast of Australia with help from our independent service partners. We have all undergone the required training to become Precision Planting Premier Dealers. Contact any of us today to enquire about what Precision Seeding Solutions can do to improve your farming operations.
SERVICE PARTNERS
125 Peak Downs Drive
Capella, Qld, 4723
Zane Hood: 0418 755 573
Casey Hood: 0438 849 399
35 McCormack Rd
Yoogali, NSW, 2680
Aaron Fitzpatrick: 0448 624 168
36 Wambo Terrace, MS 687,
Pirrinuan, QLD, 4405
Marshall Rasmussen: 0439 640961
Darren Rasmussen: 0428 640 961
118 Graham Road
Tolga, Qld, 3382
Ben Poggioli: 0407 590 335
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