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Bollgard 3 gene approval could pave way to cottonseed sales to China

Henry Wells, 16 February 2018

Australia’s Gene Technology Regulator (GTR) this week issued a licence to Syngenta Australia which could remove a perceived impediment to the sale of cottonseed from the now dominant Bollgard 3 varieties into China’s compound feed and oils sector.

Drier autumn ahead for mainland; wetter for Tassie: BOM

Grain Central, 16 February 2018

Large parts of central Australia are likely to have a drier than average autumn, while Tasmania is likely to have a wet autumn, according to the Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate outlook.

Feed grain update: heat wave drives market surge

Guest Author, 16 February 2018

2018 Australian grain markets are proving to be as unpredictable as a Friday night political staff party.

Can robotics revolutionise the grains industry?

Grain Central, 16 February 2018

There is enormous potential for current robotic technologies to revolutionise grain farming productivity by reducing input costs and aiding decision making.

NQ rice harvest paves way for $4 million research program

Grain Central, 16 February 2018

SunRice has reported strong dry season performance across North Queensland’s Burdekin rice growing region, with 4200 tonnes of premium rice variety Doongara harvested in December.

Daily market wire 16 February 2018

Guest Author, 16 February 2018

Wheat, corn, beans and meal futures offshore were up overnight, canola was down. More talk of fresh export demand for Australian wheat and barley supported already expensive east coast grains.

Recruitment: Farming’s next-gen eyes expansion, as baby boomers retire

Grain Central, 16 February 2018

A significant amount of farming assets will be passed on to the next generation as the baby boomer population looks to retire in the next decade, representing a great opportunity for farming families to expand, add staff and diversify their businesses, a young WA grainfarmer believes.

Agricultural bodies slam Senate’s Murray-Darling decision

Liz Wells, 15 February 2018

The Australian Senate’s vote last night to cut 70 gigalitres (Gl) of water available to users in the northern reaches of the Murray-Darling Basin has sparked the ire of agricultural bodies including the National Farmers Federation (NFF), Cotton Australia, NSW Farmers’ Association, the Queensland Farmers’ Federation and the National Irrigators’ Council.

Strong finish drives WA winter harvest to 14.27 million tonnes

Grain Central, 15 February 2018

Western Australia’s final figure for winter crop production in the 2017 season has well surpassed initial predictions, coming in at 14.27 million tonnes (Mt), according to the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia’s (GIWA) latest crop report.

GrainCorp posts FY2017 profit of $142 million

Liz Wells, 15 February 2018

The strong year-end earnings of A$142m by GrainCorp in last year’s bumper crop would dwarf its current season outlook, seen cutting earnings projection by at least half for year-ended 30 September 2018.

Australia falling behind in crop protection access and investment

Neil Lyon, 15 February 2018

The Australian grains industry will need to adopt more sophisticated chemical stewardship programs to increase access to crop protection technologies and meet world expectations for acceptable chemical use and residues.

Pulses take out trifecta in future food stakes

Neil Lyon, 15 February 2018

Notwithstanding the pain incurred by exporters/farmers from the recent Indian tariffs, Australian farmers have every reason to retain confidence in growing pulses, according to Pulse Australia chairman, Ron Storey.

Daily market wire 15 February 2018

Guest Author, 15 February 2018

Soybean futures prices were dragged a little higher, wheat a little lower, on weather forecasts for South America, Russia and the US. Wheat protein spreads widened in Australia on prospects of fresh offshore demand, while barley waited out the lunar New Year hiatus in China.

Mind the gap – what can be done to reduce the yield gap?

Neil Lyon, 14 February 2018

Cropping paddocks across Australia are producing, on average, only half their potential grain yield. Why is there such a yield gap and what can be done about it?

SA, WA wheat prices firm on US rally

Henry Wells, 14 February 2018

Wheat futures prices hiked 3 percent on Monday night, a little over A$6/t in nominal Australian terms, of itself not a major change but it may signify a step on the way to wheat prices building a platform for markets supporting prices not seen for several years.

Ridley announces half-yearly profit of $12.5 million

Liz Wells, 14 February 2018

Major Australian animal feed manufacturer, Ridley Corporation Limited, has today announced a net consolidated after-tax profit (NPAT) of $12.5 million for the half year ended 31 December, 2017.

Inquiry risks contaminating GM debate

Guest Author, 14 February 2018

In this cross posting from the Australian Farm Institute website, the AFI’s Richard Heath says the WA Government inquiry into GM contamination is potentially missing a fundamental point which risks far reaching and possibly calamitous unintended consequences.

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 14 Feb 2018

Grain Central, 14 February 2018

Broad areas of low pressure across northern Australia produced storms and showers. A deepening surface trough and low pressure system inland of the west coast of Western Australia produced moderate falls.

Daily market wire 14 February 2018

Guest Author, 14 February 2018

Northern markets continue to move higher, with import parity calculations getting close for the southern states.

Australian pulse trade rides out Indian tariff shock

Neil Lyon, 13 February 2018

India’s decision late last year to whack an import tariff on chickpeas and lentils appears to be washing through the system with the market returning to pre-tariff pricing and regaining a level of stability.

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