Crop farmers and pastoralists on Kangaroo Island are counting their blessings after one of the best starts to the season in living memory.
Travis Bell at Bellevista farms said opening rains had been great with just the right amount of rain to avoid too much water logging of paddocks.
"We need continued moisture from here out, and the later the better we will be," he said. "It would be nice for the rain to continue through August, September, October and even November."
There had been a renewed focus on barley for KI croppers this season with strong demand from Coopers brewery, he said.
The icing on the cake for KI farmers is that wool and lamb prices continue to set new benchmarks, doing wonders for the bottom line and allowing more on-farm investment.
Farmers on KI will come together for the AgKI 2019 Conference from 1pm to 8.30pm on Friday, August 16 at the Kingscote town hall.
Speakers from around Australia will talk on topics ranging from high-rainfall crops, precision lambing, animal welfare, phosphorus fertiliser to the Red Cross Save-a-Mate program.
Tickets are available now here