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RIVERLAND Lending Services
managing director Jeff McDonald
has announced the appointment
of Dean Fielke to the role of
“RLS understands the impor-
tance of the agriculture industry to
the Riverland and Mallee and, with
his strong network and knowledge
of the sector, Dean will assist us
to strengthen our footprint in this
area,” Mr McDonald said.
Dean Fielke grew up on the fam-
ily farm in New Residence and was
educated in Loxton.
His career history includes qual-
ifications in automotive engineer-
ing, management of service and
repair workshops in the Northern
Territory, and agricultural equip-
ment sales and finance.
Mr Fielke started Riverland
Farm Machinery (John Deere) with
a partner in 2000, which subse-
quently expanded to six stores
state-wide via merger and acquisi-
“I have a keen interest in all
facets of primary production and
a strong belief in the necessity to
ensure appropriate finance struc-
tures for commercial and primary
Mr Fielke said.
“Riverland Lending Services
does not charge for initial apprais-
als by any of our qualified senior
finance specialists who will visit
existing or potential business cli-
ents, at their premises, anywhere
in the region.”
Dean Fielke can be contacted
at Riverland Lending Services on
0429 807 849.
Dean Fielke appointed RLS agribusiness manager
Driest June since 1958
THE Riverland experienced its driest June in
almost 60 years after less than a millimetre
of rain fell in most local centres during the
month, according to Weatherzone.
Just 0.6mm was recorded – over two days
at the Bureau of Meteorology’s Renmark
Aero weather station in June, compared to
13.2mm during the same period last year.
Weatherzone meteorologist Kim Westcott
said Renmark’s June rainfall was well below
the average for the month.
“The average for June is close to 21mm
falling over 10 days which makes this June
the driest June since 1958,” she said.
The region also shivered through
a number of cold nights, with the
minimum temperature dropping to
- 4.2C on Sunday, June 4.
The average monthly morning temperature
for Renmark in June was 1.1C, more than 3C
below the average minimum for June.
The weather provided mixed fortunes for
primary producers, with local grain farmers
needing rain in the coming weeks to ensure a
good crop, while nut and stonefruit growers
have welcomed the cold nights the region has
Renmark pistachio grower Bob Hodgson
said the icy nights had been beneficial for
this year’s crop.
“We need a lot of hours of chill factor,
between one and 10 degrees, so the weather
has been good for us,” he said.
‘We probably need about 25 days of that
sort of cold weather, so the buds set properly.
“Last year was a very light year for us, but
this year the crop should be really good.”
Mr Hodgson said it was unusual to have to
irrigate in June, however this year had been
an exception due to the lack of rain.
“This year I’ve put in two irrigations
in June because it’s been so dry,” he said.
“We don’t irrigate so much for the fruit but
to get the sub soil damp.”
Renmark picked up 0.4mm of rain yester-
day morning, however Weatherzone predicts
the area has only a 30 per cent chance of
exceeding its monthly rainfall averages for
July, August and September.
“So, it’s probably going to be dry,” Ms
Westcott said. “Temperatures for mornings
will be about average and day-time tempera-
tures will be a little above average.”
Renmark shivered through sub-zero temperatures on a number of cold June nights, which local
pistachio grower Bob Hodgson says will help create an exceptional crop this year.
PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
Average minimum: 4.6C
2017 Average minimum: 1.1C
Average day-time temperature: 16.8C
2017 Average day-time temperature: 17.2C
Average June rainfall: 21mm
2017 June rainfall: 0.6mm
OUR COLD, DRY JUNE:
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