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Early pickings herald promising start to CQ cotton harvest

Neil Lyon, 24 January 2019

Cotton pickers are rolling through the first of this season’s crops in Central Queensland (CQ), bringing in promising yields from the big percentage of crops that were sown early this season.

Feedgrain Focus: Barley dips as feedlots extend coverage

Guest Author, 24 January 2019

Sorghum crops which desperately needed rain two weeks ago will define the direction of feedgrain values in the north. Meanwhile the boats keep on coming, providing a lifeline for the coastal and inland consumer.

European demand kickstarts Australia’s new-crop canola exports

Liz Wells, 24 January 2019

European crushers have stepped up as the volume customers for Australia’s new-crop canola in a year when drought is likely to kill any likelihood of shipments out of New South Wales, and limit those from Victoria.

Reclaiming lost calories: Tweaking photosynthesis boosts crop yields

Guest Author, 24 January 2019

The Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) project in the US is boosting harvests by increasing the efficiency of photosynthesis, and has found crop yields can be increased by up to 40 per cent by rerouting a series of chemical reactions common to most staple food crops.

Aphids use sight to avoid deadly bacteria, could lead to pest control

Guest Author, 24 January 2019

In findings that have implications for pest control, Cornell University scientists have found that pea aphids have the ability to see and avoid a common, aphid-killing bacteria on plant leaves.

Daily Market Wire 24 January 2019

Guest Author, 24 January 2019

Wheat values rose in overnight futures markets based on concerns that Russia may be exporting less wheat than expected, and the likelihood of tenders from Egypt.

Sunflowers lose their shine with farmers – but remain a tourist favourite

Neil Lyon, 23 January 2019

Only a smattering of sunflower plantings have gone in across the northern farming zone this summer as drought maintains its grip on many regions and growers lean towards more lucrative crop options.

Rollercoaster market outlook for pulses: Rabobank

Grain Central, 23 January 2019

Chickpeas and lentils will hold at the improved price levels reached at the end of last year, but markets are likely to remain volatile and driven by developments in India, according to agribusiness banking specialist, Rabobank.

El Niño backs off for the moment but likely to return

Grain Central, 23 January 2019

The Bureau of Meteorology suggests the immediate risk of El Niño has passed, but there remains an increased likelihood that El Niño will develop later in 2019.

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 23 Jan 2019

Guest Author, 23 January 2019

Thunderstorms and showers produced moderate falls in northern Australia, while a surface trough and upper level disturbance led to thunderstorms and moderate rainfall over parts of eastern New South Wales.

New app for early weed identification

Grain Central, 23 January 2019

A new weed identification mobile app developed for the cotton industry could have wider application across a range of other crops in the broadacre farming sector.

Daily Market Wire 23 January 2019

Guest Author, 23 January 2019

Market movements were mixed in overnight trading, while in Australia, dry conditions in southern Queensland are diminishing yield prospects for later-sown sorghum crops as boats from Western Australia head east to help fill the drought-driven deficit.

Deadline looms for Australian barley submissions to China

Henry Wells, 22 January 2019

Australia’s barley industry is putting final touches to submissions to convince Chinese authorities that it has not engaged in dumping in a marketplace with which it has a deep and perennial co-dependency.

Trying to forget the politics for a moment…

Guest Author, 22 January 2019

A lack of adequate snow cover to protect the winter crop against cold weather is raising some concerns in parts of the northern hemisphere.

Growers get $95m rebate from CBH Group in year to Sept

Grain Central, 22 January 2019

CBH Group has returned $95 million to growers in rebates for the year to September 2018, with its marketing and trading division generating $48m through activity in domestic and international markets.

New analytics platform for assessing rural land

Grain Central, 22 January 2019

CSIRO and rural technology start-up, Digital Agriculture Services (DAS), have launched an innovative new platform that combines artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud-based geospatial technology that will comprehensively assess and monitor rural land anywhere in Australia,

Scientists discover blueprint for plant immune response to disease

Grain Central, 22 January 2019

Researchers have discovered the way plants respond to disease-causing organisms, and how they protect themselves, leading the way to potential breakthroughs in breeding resistance to diseases or pests.

Daily Market Wire 22 January 2019

Guest Author, 22 January 2019

US markets were closed overnight for the Martin Luther King holiday, but European markets closed higher overnight as the trade kicks around ideas about a limiting of Russian wheat exports.

Sorghum pest pressure eases after prolonged assault

Neil Lyon, 21 January 2019

Helicoverpa caterpillar numbers have dropped significantly in the past week after the damaging pest gave northern sorghum crops a torrid time over recent months.

Middle East buys bulk of November-shipped Australian feed barley

Liz Wells, 21 January 2019

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have bought 110,095 tonnes, or 96 per cent, of the 114,643t of feed barley Australia exported in November, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).