Cotton and cars spin a rich history for Toyota

By walking into a Toyota museum in Nagoya, you can get a startling insight into the development of the cotton-processing industry, for that is where the automotive giant began…Read More

Liz Wells, January 17, 2020

Drought, bushfires trigger moves to strengthen farming resilience in 2020

The long-running drought and catastrophic fires that have impacted much of Australia will shape the policy focus of agricultural industry leaders in 2020, highlighting the need to build greater resilience into the farming sector…Read More

Neil Lyon, January 17, 2020

South Australia estimates winter crop at 6.25Mt

South Australia’s harvest, now in its dying days, is estimated to produce 6.25 million tonnes of grain, up from 5.8Mt in the previous harvest, but well below the 10-year average of 8Mt, according to Primary Industries and Regions SA…Read More

Grain Central, January 17, 2020

Search for drought-tolerant chickpeas gathers pace

Researchers are employing novel technology to speed their search for genetic material to develop drought-tolerant chickpeas…Read More

Grain Central, January 17, 2020

$74 million loan locks in first sulphate of potash mine

Australia’s first sulphate of potash operation has secured its financial arrangements with a $74 million Federal Government loan which will see the project ready for commercial production next year…Read More

Grain Central, January 17, 2020

Daily Market Wire 17 January 2020

Corn futures fell 4pc overnight, wheat 1-2pc as trade deal passage took the hard light of day. Markets will believe the new business when they see it. Handy rain came to some in eastern Australia…Read More

Guest Author, January 17, 2020

Feedgrain Focus: Prices jump as growers hold, fires disrupt

Wheat and barley prices have lifted by up to $20 per tonne in the past month as traders scramble to cover short positions in logistically challenging circumstances exacerbated by bushfires…Read More

Liz Wells, January 16, 2020



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What readers are saying

Kangaroo grass – super crop of the future?

Bruce Pascoe is said to be the expert on Kangaroo Grass, yet despite growing it for years now, he still has not produced enough of it to be able....

Jan Holland
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WA harvest draws to close at 11Mt

Ray, We report on total WA production which includes deliveries to CBH, which as you point out will end up between 9.5 and 10.0MT, plus grain retained on farm....

Michael Lamond
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Kangaroo grass – super crop of the future?

Kangaroo Grass is common in many parts of the world. In Africa it is considered to be famine food. It is not suitable for sheep and has low seed....

Roslyn Ross
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WA harvest draws to close at 11Mt

From what I am hearing from the "coal face," the deliveries to CBH will struggle to be 10 million tonne. This leaves 1.2 million estimated tonnes either in on....

Ray Marshall
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News

Drought, bushfires trigger moves to strengthen farming resilience in 2020

The long-running drought and catastrophic fires that have impacted much of Australia will shape the policy focus of agricultural industry leaders in 2020, highlighting the need to build greater resilience into the farming sector…Read More

Neil Lyon, January 17, 2020

$74 million loan locks in first sulphate of potash mine

Australia’s first sulphate of potash operation has secured its financial arrangements with a $74 million Federal Government loan which will see the project ready for commercial production next year…Read More

Grain Central, January 17, 2020

US-China trade agreement eases export tensions

The signing by the US and China of a trade agreement overnight has come as a circuit-breaker in the long-running trade dispute between the two countries and eased some of the concerns of exporting nations such as Australia…Read More

Neil Lyon, January 16, 2020

Ample world fertiliser supplies keep prices in check: Rabobank

Global phosphate prices are at their lowest level in more than 10 years, with a significant drop-off in demand and additional supplies expected to continue to keep a lid on prices into 2020…Read More

Grain Central, January 15, 2020

Weather

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 15 Jan 2020

Thunderstorms developed across northern Australia, generating moderate falls, while severe thunderstorms produced locally heavy falls in southeast Queensland and northeastern New South Wales…Read More

Bureau of Meteorology, January 15, 2020

Rainfall outlook: Wetter than average week likely Jan 13-19

A wetter than average week from January 13-19 is likely across much of the north and west of the continent, as well as in southwest Queensland and northern parts of NSW…Read More

Grain Central, January 13, 2020

Indian Ocean Dipole returns to neutral territory

The Indian Ocean Dipole weather phenomenon underpinning Australia’s driest and warmest year since records began has finally broken down, adding to slightly improved climate news for the winter crop plant…Read More

Grain Brokers Australia, January 8, 2020

Seasonal climate outlook Jan-Mar 2020

The rainfall outlook for January to March 2020 indicates most of the country will have roughly equal chances of a wetter or drier than average three months…Read More

Bureau of Meteorology, December 20, 2019

Cropping

Cotton and cars spin a rich history for Toyota

By walking into a Toyota museum in Nagoya, you can get a startling insight into the development of the cotton-processing industry, for that is where the automotive giant began…Read More

Liz Wells, January 17, 2020

Search for drought-tolerant chickpeas gathers pace

Researchers are employing novel technology to speed their search for genetic material to develop drought-tolerant chickpeas…Read More

Grain Central, January 17, 2020

Bollworm won’t wait until spring to hit grain crops

Scientists have busted the myth that bollworm won’t infest grain crops until spring, finding the pest can strike anytime from early August…Read More

Grain Central, January 16, 2020

Pigeonpea needs integrated weed management

As an emerging crop of importance to the grains and livestock industries, researchers have begun the task of investigating the agronomic requirements of pigeonpea in the Australian environment…Read More

Cindy Benjamin, WeedSmart, January 14, 2020

Markets

South Australia estimates winter crop at 6.25Mt

South Australia’s harvest, now in its dying days, is estimated to produce 6.25 million tonnes of grain, up from 5.8Mt in the previous harvest, but well below the 10-year average of 8Mt, according to Primary Industries and Regions SA…Read More

Grain Central, January 17, 2020

Daily Market Wire 17 January 2020

Corn futures fell 4pc overnight, wheat 1-2pc as trade deal passage took the hard light of day. Markets will believe the new business when they see it. Handy rain came to some in eastern Australia…Read More

Guest Author, January 17, 2020

Feedgrain Focus: Prices jump as growers hold, fires disrupt

Wheat and barley prices have lifted by up to $20 per tonne in the past month as traders scramble to cover short positions in logistically challenging circumstances exacerbated by bushfires…Read More

Liz Wells, January 16, 2020

Australia Nov barley shipments rise, sorghum plummets

New-crop Australian feed barley exports started in November, but malting barley and sorghum shipments remain minimal to reflect depleted export surpluses for both commodities…Read More

Grain Central, January 16, 2020

Machinery

Farm Machinery: K-Line sold | NH acquires ATI | RDO takes over Vanderfield | Agritechnica + more

What’s the latest in the farm machinery world?..Read More

Grain Central, December 6, 2019

JCB Fastrac sets record as world’s fastest tractor

JCB’s Fastrac has raced into the record books after being crowned the world’s fastest tractor with a speed of 217.5688 kilometres/hour..Read More

Grain Central, November 21, 2019

Iconic Quadtrac tractor returns to where it all began

After more than two decades plying its trade in Australian paddocks, one of the first Case IH Steiger Quadtrac tractors has been restored and returned to its manufacturing ‘birthplace’ in the United States…Read More

Grain Central, November 18, 2019

Innovative ag tech ideas showcased at AgTeCH2019 + PICS

The latest in high-tech innovations, from farming robots to precision earthworks controllers, were on display at this year’s AgTeCH2019 at Emerald in Central Queensland…Read More

Neil Lyon, November 14, 2019

Property

Wallaloo East sells for $6.2M to show lift in Victorian values

Farm prices have lifted by up to 30pc over the past three years in more secure rainfall areas of Victoria’s cropping and livestock farming areas, highlighted by the recent sale of the Marnoo district property Wallaloo East for $6.2 million or $3273/ha…Read More

Grain Central, December 16, 2019

Jandowae listings point to One Tree Ag downsizing on Downs

One Tree Agriculture has listed two of its dryland cropping properties on the Darling Downs, Encliffe and Glendaloch, as it scales back its holdings in southern Queensland…Read More

Grain Central, November 29, 2019

Warakirri gets horticultural with fourth ag fund

Warakirri is road-testing the flavour of fruit and nuts as part of its latest agricultural fund aimed at high net-worth investors…Read More

Liz Wells, November 6, 2019

Intensive sheep-feeding operation offers scale, scope

A first-class lamb breeding and feedlotting operation with huge cropping potential at Tottenham in NSW is on the market with the listing of the Mogal Plain Aggregation…Read More

Liz Wells, November 5, 2019

Beef Central

Bushfires: Have farm carbon projects gone up in smoke?

Carbon credit specialists say it is inevitable some farm based carbon storage projects will been have impacted by bushfires so far this summer, but it is unlikely proponents will face..Read More

PODCAST: Why aren’t producers engaged with industry representation?

Rural journalists Nicole Bond and Jayne Cuddihy explore this question in the latest edition of their popular podcast "There’s an Elephant in My Paddock"...Read More

MLA drops $10 million Bushfire Emergency Response Fund

MLA has dropped a proposed $10 million Bushfire Emergency Response Fund to finance the transport of livestock out of affected areas, after industry body opposition and a roll-out of Federal..Read More

Recruitment: Employability skills beef industry job candidates will need in 2020

Whether you’re currently employed or actively searching for a new career in the red meat and livestock industry, employability skills have a strong correlation to success on-the-job. What are they?..Read More

Sheep Central

MLA moves to longer term bushfire rebuild response

MEAT & Livestock Australia has shifted to a longer term operational response to assist in the rebuild for livestock producers affected by bushfires, after dropping a proposal for a $10..Read More

MLA drops $10 million Bushfire Emergency Response Fund

MEAT & Livestock Australia has dropped a proposed $10 million Bushfire Emergency Response Fund to finance the transport of livestock out of affected areas, after industry body opposition and a..Read More

Australian wool prices rebound after three-week break

MERINO wool prices improved by up to more than 100 cents a kilogram this week, as several buyers “attacked” the offering in the first Australian auctions after the annual three-week..Read More

Almost 43,000 sheep lost in Kangaroo Island fires

SHEEP make up the bulk of more than 43,000 farm animals lost in the bushfires on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island...Read More

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