On the vast plains of North-western New South Wales, the wheat crop is now being harvested.
LS wheat field - pan to harvester at 3
9 1/2 ft
man in field - Leo Cosh - picks stalk
CU wheat ear
14 1/2 ft
LA Cosh looks to sky
tracking shot through harvester blades
18 1/2 ft
harvester to truck
23 1/2 ft
Cosh guides wheat from harvester into truck
CU wheat from pipe
27 1/2 ft
CU hand over wheat, takes sample
31 1/2 ft
MS MILGUY sign
34 1/2 ft
truck onto weighing platform
39 1/2 ft
LA interior silo - wheat pouring in
43 1/2 ft
pan up silo
49 1/2 ft
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Background: On the vast plains of North-western New South Wales, the wheat crop is now being harvested. Men and machines are working at full speed in a race against two enemies - rain, and the disease rust - which comes with the rain. At MILGUY - Mr. Leo Cosh has six-hundred acres sown to wheat - and about half of it has been affected by rust.
All the crop is handled in bulk, and these six-hundred acres are part of the record three-quarters of a million acres planted in the north west this year. Using a header and two trucks, Mr. Cosh and one other man are handling one-thousand bushels a day. The yield this year is about eleven bushels to the acre, compared with twenty-seven bushels in a good season. After being sampled, the wheat is taken to MILGUY - two miles away - where the silo stands.
At the weighbridge, the quantity of the load is measured, before being taken to the storage silo. A mobile labour force moves from silo to silo to keep the wealth flowing during the season. And while the dry weather holds, the farmers of the north west are racing to salvage what they can of what promised to be a record crop.