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Sorghum buyers go to ground as rain impacts wheat

Liz Wells, 20 October 2017

Traders and end-users are waiting for wheat’s premium over sorghum to drop before extending near-term coverage as prospects for a summer-crop improve and quality prospects for the point-of-harvest winter crop deteriorate with every rain event.

Here’s a team to get behind: Australian Stockman Rugby, tackling NZ, Argentina and mental health

Grain Central, 20 October 2017

In the lead up to this weekend’s third test between the Wallabies and All Blacks in Brisbane, a team of talented and passionate rugby players selected from throughout rural Australia will be embarking on a unique rugby tour of their own.

Pulse business wins export award

Grain Central, 20 October 2017

Pulses processor AGT Foods Australia was last night named the winner of the Premier of Queensland’s 2017 Export Awards in the agribusiness category.

Time operations to give snails the slip this harvest

Grain Central, 20 October 2017

Growers are advised they can minimise the chances of snail contamination of grain by adjusting the timing of their harvesting operations.

Recruitment: Five employability skills & how to demonstrate that you have them

Grain Central, 20 October 2017

To truly compete in today’s ag sector job market, candidates need more than a diploma or work history in the field. Employers are increasingly looking for the total package: candidates who have the education and training needed to understand the job, the experience to carry out the technical duties, and the employability skills to be successful. What are employability skills?

Daily market wire 20 October 2017

Guest Author, 20 October 2017

Small upward moves occurred in futures markets overnight due to slightly stronger wheat and corn demand, according to export sales reports. Estimates of crop size in later areas of Australia – Victoria and southern WA – appear to be increasing.

Cotton Seed Distributors gearing up for busy year of research

Grain Central, 19 October 2017

More than a dozen different research trials are planned for Cotton Seeds Distributions seed production and research facilities, according to the company’s Farming Lead, Mark Cathcart.

APVMA reports performance lift

Grain Central, 19 October 2017

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority says it has successfully handled a record number of applications for new agricultural chemical and veterinary medicine approvals during the September quarter.

GRDC keeps harvest weed seed control front of camera

Grain Central, 19 October 2017

Herbicide resistance is an escalating problem in the northern grain growing region and while growers in Queensland and New South Wales have traditionally faced fewer problems than their western counterparts, that’s rapidly changing.

Two weeks until Sky Muster data increase

Guest Author, 19 October 2017

It’s just two weeks until Sky Muster satellite users can receive 50 per cent more peak data and double their current off-peak data, Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash said today.

Daily market wire 19 October 2017

Guest Author, 19 October 2017

Futures markets were lower overnight, as were Australian cash grain prices. Russian wheat cash prices were slightly firmer nearby. Southern Queensland reports some sprouted wheat is likely to fuel protein spread activity.

Property: Irrigation expansion for downs feedlot’s 45,000t silage program

Grain Central, 18 October 2017

NAPCo’s Wainui feedlot near Bowenville on Qld’s eastern Darling Downs will expand its 5000ha farming footprint, following the recent purchase of an adjoining irrigation property for silage production. It’s symptomatic of growing interest in inner Downs irrigation farming country, say valuers Herron Todd White.

Aquaculture demand buoying faba bean values

Liz Wells, 18 October 2017

A domestic appetite for faba beans from the aquaculture industry in particular is keeping their values buoyant, despite lacklustre interest from Egypt, traditionally the pulse’s biggest export market.

Applications open for share of $60m Smart Farming grants

Grain Central, 18 October 2017

The Na​tional Landcare Program’s new Smart Farming Partnerships is offering multi-year grants of between $250,000 and $4 million to put in place new and innovative sustainable land management practices, which protect and improve the condition of soils, vegetation and biodiversity.

$240k grant for Toowoomba precision ag machinery manufacturer

Grain Central, 18 October 2017

Precision agricultural machinery manufacturer, Toowoomba Engineering, has been awarded a $240,000 grant as part of the Queensland Government’s $20 million Made in Queensland program.

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 18 Oct 2017

Grain Central, 18 October 2017

Surface troughs generated thunderstorms and showers with moderate falls in western, northern and eastern Australia. A coastal trough produced persistent, heavy rainfall in eastern Queensland and parts of northeastern New South Wales.

NSW experiences driest September on record

Grain Central, 18 October 2017

Spring in New South Wales started where the dry winter ended, with below average rainfall across 92 per cent of the state making for the driest September on record.

Daily market wire 18 October 2017

Guest Author, 18 October 2017

Improved rain forecast for central Brazil tipped price pressure on corn and soybean futures prices. Wheat cash prices appeared to remain supported; Australian offer to Iraq less than US$3/t higher than US origin wheat at tender to be concluded soon. Australian weather might downgrade winter crop quality in the east.

People on the move in the grains and cropping sector

Grain Central, 17 October 2017

Who is on the move in the Australian grains and cropping industry? Catch up with our latest update of industry appointments, rewards, retirements and achievements.

Game on…rain brings hint of sorghum optimism!

Guest Author, 17 October 2017

The winter-long drought, which extended through September, wrecked wheat and barley prospects for many, but October rainfall will ensure sorghum planting across a large area in northern NSW, southern Queensland and central Queensland. Peter McMeekin explains what it may mean for local poultry and beef feedlot enterprises.

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