A fire in the early hours of this morning at United Ethanol’s Dalby Bio-Refinery may impact the supply of grain in the short-term to the plant, which is a significant user of sorghum and feed barley on Queensland’s Darling Downs.
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.
A crop of MR-Scorpio sorghum grown by Joe Fleming, ‘Parraweena’, Willow Tree, has taken out this year’s Premer Shield, awarded for the best sorghum crop grown in the Liverpool Plains district of northern NSW.
Data from 75 sorghum crops grown over the last four years on farmers’ fields on the Darling Downs in southern Queensland showed the best performing field were sown early, had higher levels of nitrogen and were on farms having low farm debt.
In a major step forward for Australian farmers, new research from the US will result in a significantly quicker sorghum breeding process.
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.
Just what caused the virtual plague of Rutherglen bugs that invaded northern cropping areas in unprecedented numbers over summer has had scientists searching for answers.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) analysts predict Australian sorghum production for 2016/17 will reach 1.2 million tonnes (Mt), down 0.8Mt or 41pc from last year.
Yields for sorghum crops now being harvested on the Darling Downs are coming in well below average and growers are now hoping for autumn rain to bolster prospects for a winter crop which makes up for the challenging summer.
Cooperation between affiliates in two states, members of Grain NSW and Queensland Agricultural Merchants (QAM), culminated in a forum in Toowoomba last Friday.