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Frost adds insult to injury for thirsty winter crops

Guest Author, 22 August 2017

Chickpea yields in Australia’s key producing areas of Queensland and northern New South Wales are likely to have taken a hit from successive frosts in recent days, with crops on the Darling Downs of southern Queensland looking to be most affected.

What makes some grain growing businesses more profitable than others?

Neil Lyon, 22 August 2017

There are four key factors which separate the top 20 per cent of grain businesses from the rest of the field – and it has little to do with location or size.

The future of food

Guest Author, 22 August 2017

As the mining boom slows, and issues such as food security, climate change and sustainability come to the forefront of global consciousness, a new opportunity is arising for Australian producers and manufacturers to position themselves at the forefront of the food and agribusiness revolution.

Who sows barley cannot reap wheat…

Guest Author, 22 August 2017

The wheat market has been stealing the limelight in recently with the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) futures pushing significantly higher through June and early July, only to retreat at the same dizzy pace ever since.

Harnessing rich satellite data to estimate crop yield

Grain Central, 22 August 2017

Satellite data is being harnessed by researchers at the University of Illinois for a more complete picture of cropland and to estimate crop yield in the United States corn belt.

Daily market wire 22 August 2017

Guest Author, 22 August 2017

Wheat closed lower across all three classes, with spring wheat leading the charge, down 13.5 cents.

Sorghum too dear for buyers, too cheap for sellers

Guest Author, 21 August 2017

Sorghum growers and users wait for general rain before committing to new crop.

Russians test driverless harvester + VIDEO

Grain Central, 21 August 2017

Russia has stepped into the era of automated machinery with a Russian company field testing an autonomous grain harvester.

Advanta releases new canola varieties

Grain Central, 21 August 2017

Advanta Seeds has released two new canola varieties under its Hyola brand for the Australian market.

Resistance to sclerotinia discovery set to advance canola breeding

Grain Central, 21 August 2017

In a world first, researchers from The University of Western Australia (UWA) in collaboration with Punjab Agricultural University in India have found the key to resistance to sclerotinia stem rot, a major fungal disease in brassica oilseed crops such as canola and mustard.

Innovation focus for Qld grains industry tour and dinner

Grain Central, 21 August 2017

Innovation in agriculture and the use of new technology will be in the spotlight during an upcoming grains industry farm tour, gala dinner and awards night in Goondiwindi, Queensland, on September 1.

Daily market wire 21 August 2017

Guest Author, 21 August 2017

Canola lead futures markets stronger on Friday, while wheat futures recovered a little after plumbing new yearly lows during the week. Australia faces limited rainfall, increased daytime temperature and overnight frost risk.

Dry extends its grip on NSW winter crop

Neil Lyon, 18 August 2017

A record dry July has taken its toll on NSW winter crops, particularly in the western areas of the central and northern farming regions where crops are struggling under the conditions.

Inquiry launched into Murray Darling water theft and corruption issues

Grain Central, 18 August 2017

The Senate has moved to establish an inquiry into the integrity of the water market in the Murray-Darling Basin, following revelations of improper conduct that aired on the ABC’s Four Corners program on July 24.

Growers ready to take mungbean opportunity when it comes

Guest Author, 18 August 2017

Experienced mungbean growers are making enquiries now to secure seed and other supplies, ready to take advantage of rain whenever it falls.

NSW growers call for release of grain harvest stats

Grain Central, 18 August 2017

NSW Farmers is calling for the urgent release of the 2015-16 Grains Harvest Management Scheme (GHMS) statistics before the highly-successful scheme is put at risk by local councils not taking part in the scheme.

Taking the snap, crackle and pop out of rice grain

Grain Central, 18 August 2017

An innovative image analysis system developed by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) scientists has given the rice industry an accurate and time-saving procedure to identify grain suitable for sushi and popular puffed rice products, including breakfast cereals.

Daily market wire 18 August 2017

Guest Author, 18 August 2017

Wheat futures opened strongly and closed weaker. Canola futures posted strong gains. Australian crop conditions remain mostly sub-optimal.

Hot weather drives eastern wheat north

Henry Wells, 17 August 2017

Wheat prices in southern Queensland are on the rise, now trading at more than A$305 per tonne, $80/t above the value at harvest 2016, and a sure sign that the dry and hot winter conditions are fuelling a feedgrain deficit in southern Queensland and northern NSW.

Extending the options for controlled traffic adoption

Neil Lyon, 17 August 2017

The controlled traffic farming (CTF) revolution has proven a windfall for Toowoomba-based manufacturing company, C & C Machining and Engineering, with its Widetract range of machinery extensions for modifying equipment to fit CTF tramlines now a key product line.

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