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'Opportunity crop' takes a rain bow

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Into the first full moisture profile he has seen in his farming career, Wimmera grower David Jochinke planted sunflowers, a crop that used to be widely grown in the region in the 1970s.. David, from Murra Warra about 30 kilometres north of Horsham, planted the sunflowers as an 'opportunity crop' to offset losses from downgraded grain and weed control during the wet summer... Apart from the cost of transporting the harvest to one of the few southern sites equipped for drying and receiving sunflowers, David says the cost of seed, at $64/ha, was the largest expense and he was expecting the crop to return $500 to $600 a tonne...
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