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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.