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.
Negotiations between Australian Grain Technologies (AGT) and West Australian company InterGrain have fallen through and put an end to AGT’s plans to expand through the acquisition of one of its wheat and barley-breeding rivals.
Chinese demand for feed barley and mid-protein wheat has been a godsend for marketers of Australian grain faced with the task of shipping a massive export surplus into a depressed world cereal market.
South Australian bulk handler Viterra has released its preliminary segregation plan for the 2017-18 season, and is inviting growers to start the feedback process.
Graincorp has reported a half-year Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation figure of $236 million and an Underlying Net Profit After Tax of $100m, both well up on comparable 2016 results.
Pulses have eclipsed barley’s long-held place as Australia’s second-biggest grain crop, 2016-17 Australian winter crop production figures show.
An agreement between Victorian freight rail operator Pacific National (PN) and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) will put an eight-week stop to industrial action which has been disrupting movements of grain to Victorian ports since March.
Industrial action caused by a breakdown in negotiations between Pacific National and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union is putting more grain on the road as exporters scramble to get tonnage to the state’s three grain ports in time to meet shipping schedules.
The development of new and improved barley varieties is set to be accelerated, after the complete barley genome was recently mapped by an international consortium, which included Western Australian scientists.
Predicta B DNA-based soil tests across northern NSW and southern Queensland so far this year suggest the risk of crown rot and root lesion nematode (Pratylenchus thornei) for 2017 crops is similar to 2016, with 26pc and 49pc of paddocks recording medium to high risk levels respectively.