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May canola exports dwindle to 37,839t as surplus dries up

Liz Wells, 16 July 2018

Export figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show Australia’s May canola shipments at 37,839 tonnes dropped to just 9 per cent of the April figure to reflect a rundown on exportable surplus from the crop planted last year.

Alarming stats put farming at the top of the danger list

Grain Central, 16 July 2018

The statistics tell a disturbing story – farms remain among the most dangerous workplaces in Australia with 68 on-farm fatalities in 2017, and another 179 non-fatal on-farm injuries.

Getting the edge on brome grass on non-wetting soils

Grain Central, 16 July 2018

Mallee Farming Systems (MSF) trials on non-wetting sands consistently show that the increased surface soil moisture, crop establishment, crop biomass and crop/brome competition effects achieved through edge-row sowing can reduce brome grass seed set.

Canada rejoins world fight against desertification, drought

Guest Author, 16 July 2018

Canada has rejoined the United Nations’ Convention to Combat Desertification as drylands from Canada to South Africa and beyond lose moisture through increased evapotranspiration and changing land use.

AGIC launches app for 2018 conference

Grain Central, 16 July 2018

AN app has been created for iOS and android phones  to guide participants through the Australian Grains Industry Conference (AGIC) 2018 conference program and associated events taking place in Melbourne from 31 July to August 2.

Daily Market Wire 16 July 2018

Guest Author, 16 July 2018

Declining fortunes of the world wheat balance sheet saw wheat futures rally again on Friday, ignoring sharp declines in both corn and oilseeds markets. Australia looks set to deteriorate amidst patchy rain forecasts.

Why did anti-GM activist Mark Lynas change his mind?

Neil Lyon, 13 July 2018

In the 1990s, Mark Lynas was a prominent anti-GM activist at the forefront of a world-wide movement mounting protest campaigns and destroying GM crops, but two decades later he changed his mind and has transformed into a vocal GM proponent.

Wheat the winner in WA winter crop stakes

Neil Lyon, 13 July 2018

Wheat has emerged as the standout crop this year in Western Australia where winter crops overall are in good shape, making up ground over the last month following reasonable falls of rain and warm growing conditions.

Smallest world wheat crop in three years: USDA

Grain Central, 13 July 2018

The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report for July 2018, released overnight, forecasts the smallest wheat crop in three years for the next production year 2018/19.

AEGIC sees less time, more money changing Indonesian wheat market

Liz Wells, 13 July 2018

Indonesia is Australia’s largest wheat market, and the requirements of its milling and baking sector are changing with urbanisation and economic growth, says AEGIC’s Dr Ken Quail.

Recruitment: Eight things exceptional bosses regularly tell their staff

Grain Central, 13 July 2018

Whether you’re managing a large irrigated farming aggregation with 15 staff, or a smaller cropping enterprise with a crew of one or two, your employees’ success depends on your leadership. Thankfully, the solution for motivating team-members and squashing any issues is right at the tip of your tongue.

Daily Market Wire 13 July 2018

Guest Author, 13 July 2018

Futures market mostly were higher overnight as USDA flagged smaller available supplies of wheat globally next year. Australia’s NSW and Queensland are forecast dry while patchy rain may fall elsewhere.

Feedgrain Focus: Northern market softens, southern rates hold

Guest Author, 12 July 2018

The market for feedgrain delivered to Darling Downs end users has dropped by $5-10 per tonne in the past week, but values in southern New South Wales have held steady as frosts limit crop growth and kick along demand for supplementary feed.

Australia’s May chickpea exports drop 37pc to 43,856t

Liz Wells, 12 July 2018

Australia exported 43,856 tonnes of chickpeas in May, down 37pc from the April figure of 69,103t, according to the latest data available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Tassie farmer cuts fertiliser, builds yields with VRT

Neil Lyon, 12 July 2018

Variable rate technology (VRT) and enterprise diversification underpin the risk management strategy employed by north-west Tasmanian farmer, Michael Nichols.

NSW flies under the rain radar

Grain Central, 12 July 2018

The latest NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) State Seasonal Update for June indicates some welcome rain was received in southern NSW, but the majority of the state continues to endure dry conditions.

‘First look’ climate outlook released for Aug-Oct 2018

Grain Central, 12 July 2018

August to October is likely to be drier than average in Victoria, NSW, southeast SA and northeast Queensland.

Daily Market Wire 12 July 2018

Guest Author, 12 July 2018

Wheat futures market fell another 4 percent overnight, a potential anomaly since wheat productions estimates, due in tonight’s USDA report, likely point to smaller crops among key producers. Conditions in Australia remain unseasonally dry.

Cottonseed stocks tighten as drought demand intensifies

Neil Lyon, 11 July 2018

Drought-stretched graziers and feedlot operators across eastern Australia are putting unprecedented demand on cottonseed supplies, drawing off stocks from the current ginning program almost as quickly as they can be processed.

Philippines pips Indonesia as May’s top bulk Aus wheat destination

Liz Wells, 11 July 2018

Latest export figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics have shown The Philippines was Australia’s largest bulk wheat market in May, taking 306,483 tonnes for the month to place it well ahead of Indonesia in volume terms.

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