THE reaping of pea straw is taking place one month earlier than usual because farmer Dustin Sparrow took advantage of storms in March and April to sow his crops early.
It is important to have the crop dry enough to reap, if it is damp the pea straw doesn’t break up properly.
When left in a paddock pea straw provides nitrogen for the soil and acts as quality mulching during the heat.
As pea straw is good for the soil a small amount is scraped off the harvester and piled up for use around the farm.
The harvester was driven by Paul Sargent and helped by Shad Smith.
Sparrow and his helper Brendan Nagel, who is originally from Ireland and recently worked in Oodnadatta, arrived with two trucks and loaded one ready for a trip to the Kyancutta silos .