Examining the offerings in a crop-growing competition in a
kale paddock at Maungatua yesterday are (from left)
weighman Bart Windelgelst, committee member Ad Bekkers and
weighman Colin Scurr . Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Machete-wielding weighmen cut fodder across the greater
Taieri Plain yesterday for a winter crop growing competition.
Dairy farmer Lindsay Hall, of Maungatua, said contest
weighmen Bart Wendelgelst, of North Taieri, Colin Scurr, of
Momona, Doug McAughton, of Mosgiel, and Allen Gillespie, of
Henley, should have shown up with chainsaws yesterday, rather
than machetes to cut some of the giant kale crop on the
Competition committee member Ad Bekkers said 60 dairy farms
on ''the flats'' and 60 sheep and beef farms on ''the hills''
entered their brassica crops in the competition.
The six crews of weighmen would weigh crops of kale, swedes,
turnip and fodder beet for three days from yesterday, Mr
''Then the top three of every class will be weighed by a
The heaviest crop in each class would win a prize, but for
the ''ultimate prize'', the growing conditions would be
considered by the judges, Mr Bekkers said.
At the prizegiving at Wingatui Racecourse on May 23, a
charity auction would be held to raise money for the Otago
Rescue Helicopter Trust and the Otago Community Hospice.
The Taieri Lions and Taieri Rotary Clubs organised the
inaugural Taieri competition and some of their members would
cook at the prizegiving.
A swede soup would be served but farmers would not be eating
kale, Mr Bekkers said.
''That's more for townies.''
The competition had created some light-hearted ribbing
between farmers, he said.
''The good crop growers let you know they can grow a better
crop than the others.''
A field day on the winning farm would be held on May 30 so
other farmers could learn how to grow heavier crops.
''That's what it's all about - growing a better crop.''