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Logistics specialist critical of Viterra’s charges in SA review

Henry Wells, 24 May 2017

A logistics specialist has submitted a scathing criticism of Viterra’s operations to the South Australian government review into bulk grain supply-chain costs. He said the grain handling component of Viterra’s charges was almost double that of the WA bulk-handling system operated by CBH.

Australian farmers are adapting to climate change

Guest Author, 24 May 2017

A new study has found evidence to support previous research suggesting that the zone of Australia suitable for growing broadacre crops is shifting south. Data showing increased cropping activity in the wetter southern fringe of the cropping belt in WA and Victoria, and declines in some inland areas.

Knock out regrowth to minimise rust risk

Grain Central, 24 May 2017

With the 2017 cropping season shaping as a high risk year for barley leaf rust and wheat leaf rust in Western Australia, it is not too late for growers to control regrowth from last season’s crops that can harbour rust pathogens.

Daily market wire 24 May 2017

Guest Author, 24 May 2017

Australia’s rain is not forecast to fall where it’s needed.

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 24 May 2017

Grain Central, 24 May 2017

A low pressure system brought falls of 25 mm to a band of inland stretching from western Queensland to Victoria and South Australia.

Farm Management Deposits set to smash records: NAB

Grain Central, 23 May 2017

The National Australia Bank (NAB) is predicting Farm Management Deposits (FMDs) will smash the record set last year, as producers better manage their finances in good years to prepare for the more challenging ones.

Locust threat eases in Western Australia

Neil Lyon, 23 May 2017

Locust activity across Western Australia’s cropping regions seems to be diminishing as cooler weather sets in, although they still pose a background threat to young, green, emerging winter crops in some pockets.

China solving its cornucopia

Guest Author, 23 May 2017

China’s domestic corn stock auctions have had high clearance rates at high prices. Despite big South American crops, corn prices appear buoyant.

Farm machinery incidents spark warning on power line dangers

Grain Central, 23 May 2017

A spate of incidents involving farm machinery bringing down power lines in South Australia has prompted a warning from power and safety authorities.

ARTC eyes 2020 start to Inland Rail Toowoomba tunnel

Guest Author, 23 May 2017

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is eyeing a start date of 2020 for the tunnel through the Great Dividing Range which will be a crucial piece of infrastructure for the Inland Rail project.

GRDC supports study tours for growers

Grain Central, 23 May 2017

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is helping grain growers build their technical knowledge and professional skills by offering funding support for group study tours.

Daily market wire 23 May 2017

Guest Author, 23 May 2017

Barley was sold to Saudi Arabia overnight for arrival July and August optional origin, though this time Australia would struggle to compete. World oilseeds markets were firmer, while wheat and corn flip-flop on weather talk.

Rainfall shortfall stalls Qld winter crop program

Neil Lyon, 22 May 2017

The heavy rains forecast for Queensland’s cropping zones last Friday and Saturday failed to live up to expectations with recordings barely enough to make a difference to emerging crops in Central Queensland (CQ) or kick start sowing in earnest on the Darling Downs.

On-farm storage on shopping lists after record harvest

Guest Author, 22 May 2017

Increased marketing options and last year’s record yields across the Australian grainbelt have prompted an upswing in grower orders for on-farm storage units and systems.

Ag start-ups crying out for investment boost

Neil Lyon, 22 May 2017

There is an urgent need to build capacity and ‘deal flow’ if innovative start-up businesses in the Australian agricultural sector are to have any chance of becoming successful companies, according to SproutX and Agri Innovation general manager at Findex, Sam Trethewey.

Glyphosate under scrutiny: European studies confirm low health risk

Guest Author, 22 May 2017

An extraordinary debate has been recently taking place in Europe about the safety of glyphosate.

Svalbard seed vault safe from meltdown threat

Grain Central, 22 May 2017

Water from melting permafrost has entered the Svalbard seed vault – the facility in the Arctic that holds the world’s largest and most diverse seed collection – but there has been no damage to seeds, including the 11,000 Australian seed packets stored there.

Daily market wire 22 May 2017

Guest Author, 22 May 2017

Beans and canola prices recovered from the Brazilian currency hit on Friday. Barley internationally is in demand from Saudi and China.

400M conference: What’s next in Ag Tech?

James Nason, 19 May 2017

What’s coming next in ag tech? A wealth of insights were shared at Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre yesterday where ag tech innovators, investors, entrepreneurs, service providers and regulators from around Australia gathered for the second annual 400M Ag Tech conference organised by Food Leaders Australia.

400M conference: Innovation generation unveils cropping solutions of the future

Neil Lyon, 19 May 2017

Visionary entrepreneurs with ideas for developing and commercialising innovative agricultural technology projects ‘pitched’ their ideas to the AgTech Investment Conference in Toowoomba, Qld, yesterday.

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