New port facilities, improved up-country logistics and a kick-along from volume buyers India and Saudi Arabia have helped Australia load around 17 million tonnes of a 29Mt total export surplus of wheat, barley and canola in the first half of 2016-17.
Row spacings have been confirmed as a key determinant of yield in pulse crops with Queensland research showing grain production is maximised when rows are closer together.
Farmers lobbied the bulk handler to receive post-harvest deliveries, and Graincorp has responded today by opening designated sites in Victoria to farm-stored grain, and allowing a tolerance for live insects.
Queensland grain growers’ frustration with the process required to move oversized agricultural machinery is beginning to boil over.
Tropical Cyclone Debbie brought heavy rainfall to a large area of central Queensland coastal areas. The highest weekly total was 630 mm at Plane Creek Sugar Mill in the central coast of Queensland. Rainfall totals in excess of 200 mm were recorded along the east Queensland coast between Bowen and Gladstone, and around Port Hedland on the Pilbara coast of Western Australia.
Futures market were higher overnight. India imposed a tax on wheat imports. Rain continued to fall in Eastern Australia as the cyclone became a low-pressure system over central Queensland.
Patchy rain in the past week will be enough to get the winter-crop sowing program under way across much of the NSW grainbelt.
Northern NSW durum growers experienced great results with Durum Breeding Australia (DBA) durum wheat variety Lillaroi, even in the unusually wet 2016 season.
WorkSafe Victoria is calling on all workplaces to prioritise safety following the death of three workers in separate incidents in the State all involving tractors.
Hardly a week has gone by recently without another avian influenza (bird flu) outbreak somewhere in the northern hemisphere. The main region hit has been Asia with lesser outbreaks recorded in Europe and the United States (US).
Younger Australian farmers are the most likely to invest in both their farming businesses and their own skills, according to Commonwealth Bank research released ahead of the Farm World field days in Warragul, Victoria.
Tropical cyclone Debbie in North Queensland is generating beneficial rainfall, which looks like it will provide 25-50mm to the key growing areas in QLD, while also extending down to Northern NSW.
In a tough year for summer crops throughout the northern grain belt, a small group of growers lucky enough to be under timely, localised storms on Queensland’s southern Darling Downs have hit the jackpot with their sunflower crops this season.
With heatwaves, dry spells and floods affecting many parts of the Australian grainbelt in recent months, gauging subsoil moisture in the lead-up to planting the 2017 winter crop is likely to be trickier than ever.
The first global, long-term satellite study of airborne ammonia gas has revealed “hotspots” of the pollutant over four of the world’s most productive agricultural regions.
NSW Department of Primary Industries is calling for the next generation of crop researchers to apply for a scholarship to support and encourage them to expand their studies and international networks.
Soybeans and canola futures were down on Friday, HRW wheat KC futures unchanged and Chicago SRW up a little. Australia’s east coast winter crop planting prospect will get a shakeup from this week’s cyclonic influence.
Aggressive soil disturbance techniques designed to reshape the soil profile and overcome a range of underlying constraints are starting to pay dividends for an extensive cropping enterprise in Western Australia’s central wheatbelt.
CSIRO scientists have confirmed the first pest rabbits in Victoria to die from the newly released Korean strain of calicivirus, known as RHDV1 K5.
Western Australian Cooperative Bulk Handling Ltd, CBH Group (CBH) has warned drivers to be vigilant around rail crossings as a number of vehicles have come close to colliding with its trains.