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Finney’s legacy of vision and support for a transformed cotton industry

Neil Lyon, 16 November 2018

CRDC executive director, Bruce Finney, who steps down from the position in January, 2019, has played his part in transforming the cotton industry into one of the most switched on, dynamic sectors of Australian agriculture.

Feedgrain focus: Strong up-country bids point to east’s shortfall

Henry Wells, 16 November 2018

Traders are bidding up big at South Australian sites on the national rail network to secure grain for end-users in inland New South Wales, where the drought-reduced harvest is tearing south at a rapid rate.

Dry conditions continue across most of NSW

Grain Central, 16 November 2018

The majority of New South Wales remains in drought despite average to above average rainfall over the past month, according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) State Seasonal Update for October.

Argentina’s grain exports challenge Australia’s competitiveness

Grain Central, 16 November 2018

Argentina’s wheat exports are set to double over the next decade, potentially challenging Australia’s competitiveness in key markets, according to a new report from the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC).

Ag professionals to form national accreditation scheme

Grain Central, 16 November 2018

An industry-first national accreditation scheme for agricultural professionals will be launched later this month at the Brave New World – Ag to 2030 conference in Sydney.

Daily Market Wire 16 November 2018

Guest Author, 16 November 2018

Oilseed values defied weakness in the crude oil market to close higher overnight, while grain values were mixed, and in Australia, harvest pressure has weakened cash prices.

Can SAM find the mojo to improve summer rain prospects?

Neil Lyon, 15 November 2018

While climate forecasters point to the recent development of an El Niño as a sign of dry times ahead, summer crop producers throughout the eastern farming zone may take heart from other climate indicators that are more optimistic about the likelihood of summer rains.

Summer rainfall outlook points to drier WA/Qld/Tas; wetter Vic/NSW: BOM

Grain Central, 15 November 2018

Large parts of WA are likely to be drier than average, along with western Tasmania and scattered parts of central Australia and Queensland which are likely to experience a drier-than-normal summer period, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate outlook.

Small eastern crop halves GrainCorp’s FY18 profit to $71m

Grain Central, 15 November 2018

Reduced throughput in its eastern-states bulk-handling system has walloped the FY18 results for GrainCorp Ltd, which today announced an underlying net profit after tax (NPAT) for the year to 30 September of $71 million, half the FY17 result.

Sound strategies fight the onset of insect resistance to Bt cotton

Grain Central, 15 November 2018

While there is widespread resistance by the cotton bollworm pest to the Bt toxins that have been bred into current cotton varieties in some regions of the world, Australia’s world-leading strategies for managing Bt cotton have prevented the spread of resistance in Australian crops.

Growers join ‘Wheat Discovery Tour’ to celebrate National Ag Day

Grain Central, 15 November 2018

Seven lucky grain farmers will be travelling to Sydney as the guests of GrainGrowers next week in an event celebrating National Agriculture Day on Wednesday, November 21.

Daily Market Wire 15 November 2018

Guest Author, 15 November 2018

Ruble strength overnight had as much impact on wheat cash prices as did European and North American commodity futures markets moves. Australian winter crop harvest saw cash markets stabilised in WA and the eastern states continue to decline.

Cobran, Tindale listings offer Riverina cotton area

Liz Wells, 14 November 2018

The leased and corporate-owned Cobran Station and the family owned Tindale are on the market to offer buyers a stake in southern New South Wales irrigation country in the Hay district.

Why is everyone talking about natural sequence farming?

Guest Author, 14 November 2018

In the context of drought, University of Melbourne associate professor Ian Rutherfurd discusses the pros and cons of ‘natural sequence farming’ – the system of slowing creek flows with “leaky weirs”, forcing water back into the bed and banks of the creek to rehydrate the surrounding floodplain.

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 Nov 2018

Guest Author, 14 November 2018

A cloudband produced moderate falls from central to southeast Australia, and surface troughs resulted in moderate falls across the west, central and east of Australia.

Ruralco lifts profit

Grain Central, 14 November 2018

Ruralco has announced an underlying net profit after tax of $28.8million for the full year ended 30 September 2018, up 10 per cent on last year.

Elders reports strong full year result

Grain Central, 14 November 2018

Elders Limited has released its full year financial results for the 12 months to 30 September, headlined by an improved underlying profit and a fully franked final dividend of 9 cents per share.

Daily Market Wire 14 November 2018

Guest Author, 14 November 2018

A tumble in crude oil prices put pressure on oilseed and grain values in overnight trading, and harvest selling is weighing on Western Australian barley values and lowering its export parity.

NSW grain intake behind Victoria’s as SA harvest accelerates

Liz Wells, 13 November 2018

Harvest in the past week has seen tonnage delivered to the South Australian Viterra network almost double, while in GrainCorp’s eastern states system, Victoria’s intake for the week and the harvest to November 12 is now ahead of New South Wales’.

Barley weakens, corn grows as Australia remembers the fallen

Guest Author, 13 November 2018

Peter McMeekin this week writes about the recent barley sale to Saudi Arabia, the major adjustment China made to its multi-year corn crop numbers and salutes the end of WWI.