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Australia passes halfway mark on heady wheat, barley, canola export program

Henry Wells, 29 March 2017

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.

Mind the gap to maximise mungbean yields

Neil Lyon, 29 March 2017

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.

GrainCorp welcomes grain into the system out of temporary farm storages

Grain Central, 29 March 2017

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.

Agricultural transport frustrations come to a head in Queensland

Grain Central, 29 March 2017

Queensland grain growers’ frustration with the process required to move oversized agricultural machinery is beginning to boil over.

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 29 Mar 2017

Grain Central, 29 March 2017

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.

Daily market wire 29 March 2017

Guest Author, 29 March 2017

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 break kicks NSW sowing into gear

Guest Author, 28 March 2017

Patchy rain in the past week will be enough to get the winter-crop sowing program under way across much of the NSW grainbelt.

DBA Lillaroi durum wheat excelled in first production year

Grain Central, 28 March 2017

Northern NSW durum growers experienced great results with Durum Breeding Australia (DBA) durum wheat variety Lillaroi, even in the unusually wet 2016 season.

Third tractor incident in a week claims another life

Grain Central, 28 March 2017

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.

Birds in’flu’ence Asian grain markets

Guest Author, 28 March 2017

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 farmers investing for the future

Grain Central, 28 March 2017

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.

Daily market wire 28 March 2017

Guest Author, 28 March 2017

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.

Sunnies turn to gold for lucky Queensland growers

Neil Lyon, 27 March 2017

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.

SoilWaterApp offers free second opinion in out-of-the-box season

Guest Author, 27 March 2017

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.

Ammonia ‘hotspots’ found in world’s agricultural areas

Grain Central, 27 March 2017

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.

Crop scientists encouraged to apply for scholarships

Grain Central, 27 March 2017

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.

Daily market wire 27 March 2017

Guest Author, 27 March 2017

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.

What a ripper: no scratching the surface for these WA farmers

Neil Lyon, 24 March 2017

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.

New calicivirus strain hits Victorian rabbits

Grain Central, 24 March 2017

CSIRO scientists have confirmed the first pest rabbits in Victoria to die from the newly released Korean strain of calicivirus, known as RHDV1 K5.

Near misses prompt CBH to release rail safety message + video

Grain Central, 24 March 2017

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.

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