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Dual value in chaff heaps for weed control and sheep feed

Grain Central, 11 May 2017

The recent investment by Western Australian mixed farmers, Ben and Emily Webb, in a chaff cart to provide non-herbicide weed control also provides them with chaff heaps that are a valuable feed source over summer.

Forecasts point to dry season ahead for WA croppers

Grain Central, 28 April 2017

Western Australian grain growers should plan for a drier-than-average 2017 cropping season with 10 out of 11 Australian and international climate forecasts predicting below average rainfall during the growing season.

Managing risk critical in a drying WA climate: Nuffield scholar

Guest Author, 28 April 2017

The need for techniques to improve grain yields and manage costs in the face of a drying climate is common to many areas around the world, but in the Eastern Wheatbelt of Western Australia it is even more critical.

Early autumn break fires up NSW winter crop planting

Grain Central, 20 April 2017

It has been a positive start to autumn for many NSW crop producers with above average rainfall received across some areas of the state’s cropping regions.

Dry-sowing spree kicks off big canola year in Western Australia

Grain Central, 18 April 2017

A dry spell in the lead up to winter crop sowing in Western Australia has seen a significant number of growers opt to dry sow canola this season, according to the latest crop report from the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia (GIWA).

Canola/pulses head winter wish list as cereal prices languish: Rural Bank

Grain Central, 12 April 2017

With a record 2016/17 harvest completed, front of mind for Australian cropping farmers planning the 2017/18 season will be low wheat and coarse grain prices, historically low but rising fertiliser prices, high global stocks and the likelihood of a drier than normal season ahead.

Crops at risk of being hobbled by blackleg disease

Grain Central, 12 April 2017

Canola growers in Western Australia’s southern region and parts of the central region have been warned to take evasive action to protect their crops from the fungal disease blackleg, with an elevated risk of infection and the resistance level of several varieties downgraded.

Families, corporates up the ante on West Australian cropping country

Guest Author, 11 April 2017

Strengthening interest from investors and expanding family farming operations have lifted values for prime West Australian cropping country, and tight supply of quality parcels of land is seeing demand expand into lower-rainfall areas.

Best seed, best establishment, fewer weeds

Grain Central, 10 April 2017

Crop competition is an important strategy to manage herbicide resistance – but it’s not all about row width and seeding rate – the size of the seed sown makes a difference too.

New oilseed crop produces mustard seeds without mustard flavour

Grain Central, 07 April 2017

The University of Copenhagen and the global player Bayer CropScience have successfully developed a new oilseed crop that is much more resistant to harsh growing conditions and diseases than oilseed rape or canola.