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Chickpeas lose resistance to Ascochyta blight

Grain Central, 12 May 2017

A virulence change in the Ascochyta blight pathogen has broken down the resistance of chickpea varieties to the devastating disease, with all current varieties now rated as either susceptible to moderately susceptible to infection.

Pulses eclipse barley as Australia’s second-biggest grain crop

Henry Wells, 09 May 2017

Pulses have eclipsed barley’s long-held place as Australia’s second-biggest grain crop, 2016-17 Australian winter crop production figures show.

Ascochyta threat to chickpeas

Grain Central, 18 April 2017

South Australian chickpea growers are being urged to consider their ability to effectively manage ascochyta blight before planting the crop.

Thinking of chickpeas? Think potassium

Grain Central, 13 April 2017

As growers continue to replace wheat in their rotations with chickpeas to capitalise on higher market prices, there’s a growing need to update fertiliser programs – or face nutrient run down.

Chickpea price surge to $1000/t over March, April

Henry Wells, 06 April 2017

India might have a big local crop in the pipeline, but its pressure is yet to be felt on Australian chickpea prices, which have surprised everyone by surging to $1000/tonne, up $200/t in the past month.

Debbie delivers handy rains for inland croppers, minus the destruction

Neil Lyon, 03 April 2017

Cyclone Debbie, which brought destructive winds and flooding to the coastal regions of southern Queensland and north east NSW last week, produced more benign, beneficial rainfall for much of the inland grain belt from Central Queensland to north west NSW.

Liverpool Plains rain stymies summer-crop harvest, buoys winter prospects

Guest Author, 30 March 2017

Heavy rain over much of the Liverpool Plains in north west NSW in recent weeks has given many growers enough moisture to consider double cropping, provided forecast falls do not further delay the harvest of sorghum and dryland cotton.

Rain has not dampened current and new crop grain prices

Henry Wells, 22 March 2017

The rain’s impact appears to be limited to taking the peak off some feed markets, with one trader saying the Newcastle track market for sorghum had peaked March 10 at $250 per tonne.

Winter sowing intentions: NSW growers hold out for autumn break

Neil Lyon, 14 March 2017

NSW grain growers are holding off locking in their winter cropping plans, waiting to see what the ‘autumn break’ will bring before deciding whether to go all out with potentially high-returning alternative crops or opt for a conservative strategy based on traditional cereals.

Winter sowing intentions: Chickpeas top the menu for Queensland

Neil Lyon, 13 March 2017

This week Grain Central takes a look at the sowing intentions of growers across Australia for the forthcoming winter crop. Today, Queensland is in the spotlight. Throughout the week, Grain Central will present coverage of what growers are thinking in other states.