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Controlled traffic adoption stuck in the slow lane

Neil Lyon, 22 June 2017

Adoption rates of controlled traffic farming (CTF) remain disappointingly low despite years of supporting research and a long list of tangible benefits, according to one of CTF’s enduring proponents, Don Yule.

Worrying dry prompts surge in Australian grain prices

Guest Author, 22 June 2017

Grain cash bids have again risen this week as 2017 production prospects in Australia continue to deteriorate due to dry weather in parts of the grainbelt.

Riordan, Semaphore get green light on grain from consumer watchdog

Guest Author, 22 June 2017

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has granted Bulk Wheat Code exemptions which will enable Riordan Grain Services at the Port of Geelong and Semaphore Container Services via Port Adelaide to continue to export grain in the shadow of bulk and container-shipping heavyweights.

Ranking paddocks for weed expenditure in a dry year

Grain Central, 22 June 2017

The lack of autumn rains in areas like the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia and no follow-up rain for dry sown crops in some Western Australian districts means there will be many crops with variable establishment and variable growth rates, making weed control more challenging.

Turning cotton gin trash to treasure

Grain Central, 22 June 2017

Cotton gin trash is one such promising renewable biomass feedstock that could support regional biorefineries producing a range of value-added bio-based products such as fuels, chemicals, feeds, fibre and energy.

Daily market wire 22 June 2017

Guest Author, 22 June 2017

In US futures markets overnight, corn was the best of a bad lot, falling by only one cent. That 500,000-acre increase in bean area is expected to come from corn, which the market is not surprised by, and it does help the corn balance sheet.

‘Digital disruption’ set to reform agricultural supply chain

Neil Lyon, 21 June 2017

The wave of ‘digital disruption’ sweeping across the agricultural sector is revolutionising the way farmers, buyers, processors and financiers transact business, according to Agridigital co-founder and executive chairman, Bob McKay.

EU dominates Australian canola exports in 2016/17

Henry Wells, 21 June 2017

EU demand has absorbed the bulk of Australia’s solid 2016/17 canola export program, which is now drawing to a close as Europe’s own crop gets close to harvest.

WA growers act to counter wheat yield penalties from delayed emergence

Grain Central, 21 June 2017

Wheat growers in Western Australia whose crops have experienced delayed emergence due to low rainfall, have been advised to carefully match inputs to yield potential as the season unfolds.

New series Arion tractors set for September arrival

Grain Central, 21 June 2017

Farm machinery manufacturer, CLAAS, is continuing to roll out its completely-redesigned range of advanced technology tractors with the ARION 400 due to arrive in Australia in September.

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 21 June 2017

Grain Central, 21 June 2017

Low pressure troughs and an associated cloudband produced moderate rainfall in coastal areas of Western Australia, while moist onshore flow produced moderate rainfall in coastal areas of Queensland and New South Wales.

Daily market wire 21 June 2017

Guest Author, 21 June 2017

The 7 days forecast for Australia is similar to yesterday’s with a little more substance behind it. The WA rainfall is still expected to miss the central and northern areas in the most need, though the Southern forecast could extend through to SA where conditions are getting worst every day

China’s wholesome appetite for Australia’s barley

Henry Wells, 20 June 2017

China has been the anchor in a massive export year for Australian barley, taking a whopping 3.4 million tonnes (Mt) of the total 5.7Mt of barley shipped from October 2016 to April, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) export data.

New-look GRDC overhauls business structure in major revamp

Grain Central, 20 June 2017

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has undergone a significant “realignment and refocus” of its structure and operations aimed at better positioning and resourcing its investment in RD&E.

Europe raises the red flag …

Guest Author, 20 June 2017

The benefits of widespread rainfall throughout Europe in May are being eroded by hot and dry weather across many parts of the continent in the first two weeks of June, jeopardising production, particularly in western European countries, where above average temperatures are forecast to continue for at least the next 10 days.

Rural internet speeds under scrutiny

Grain Central, 20 June 2017

A rural communications coalition is rousing its bush troops using fixed wireless and satellite technology to volunteer for a national monitoring program funded only to determine typical speeds on fixed-line NBN services.

Polaris quad bikes to be recalled over asbestos risk

Grain Central, 20 June 2017

Australian quad bike supplier, Polaris, has notified the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) of a recall of 12 models in its ‘youth’ range of quad bikes due to the presence of asbestos in component parts.

Daily market wire 20 June 2017

Guest Author, 20 June 2017

US wheat futures traded a punchy range to close slightly lower in each class. This was fairly impressive, considering the weakness in corn markets and the Hard Red Winter harvest pace.

NSW South West slopes affirms value for families, corporates

Guest Author, 19 June 2017

Values for farming country on the southwest slopes of New South Wales have undertaken a meteoric rise in the past 10 years thanks to corporate and family farming demand.

Australian wheat exports on target

Grain Central, 19 June 2017

Two thirds of Australia’s 2016/17 wheat export forecast had been shipped, after 2.2 million tonnes (Mt) of wheat exports took place in April according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released last week.

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