Remote monitoring

How to grow crops on Mars

With the recent landing on Mars of NASA’s InSight lander, bringing closer the prospect of humans one day visiting the planet, scientists are puzzling over how to grow the food to feed them there…Read More

Briardo Llorente, December 7, 2018

Irrigation on the way to an automated future

The assessment of a range of irrigation systems by the Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association points to a future of automated, water-efficient, labour-saving systems taking over from traditional, hand-shift siphon irrigation…Read More

Neil Lyon, December 5, 2018

Pickers push past halfway mark on 2.2-million-bale cotton crop

Cotton picking is back in full swing in southern NSW where harvest has passed the halfway mark, while the majority of the crop has been taken off in the northern growing regions of Queensland and northern NSW…Read More

Neil Lyon, May 8, 2019

Cotton yields/quality hit by big dry; price eases the pain

A long, drawn-out summer and limited water reserves have put the pinch on this year’s cotton crop, hitting dryland crops particularly hard and putting the pressure on irrigated production…Read More

Neil Lyon, April 3, 2019

Murray Darling jobs to decentralise to regional centres

Regional communities have welcomed the Federal Government’s move to bolster the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA) presence in regional centres to 104 positions – or around one-third of its total staff…Read More

Grain Central, March 19, 2019

Australian cotton down 48pc on last year: USDA

The Australia cotton crop is now estimated to produce 2.5 million bales, down 0.1 million bales or 4 per cent from last month and down 2.3 million bales or 48pc from last year, according to the latest monthly report from the USDA…Read More

Grain Central, March 11, 2019

China/Brazil lead global cotton charge: USDA

World cotton production for the 2018/19 season is forecast up slightly, led by larger crops in China, Brazil, and Australia more than offsetting lower production in Turkey and India, according to the latest report from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)…Read More

Grain Central, February 11, 2019

Ag slams “ludicrous” call to ban cotton exports

The cotton industry has come out fighting against a proposal by the South Australian-based Centre Alliance party to ban cotton exports, labelling the move a “political stunt”. ..Read More

Grain Central, February 4, 2019

Creating pathways for the next farming generation: Nuffield

Farming is all about the management of five key elements – land, water, equipment, capital and people, according to north west New South Wales mixed farmer and Nuffield scholar, Daniel Kahl…Read More

Grain Central, February 1, 2019

Early pickings herald promising start to CQ cotton harvest

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…Read More

Neil Lyon, January 24, 2019

Diversity extends herbicide ‘life’ in triple-stacked cotton

With triple-stacked herbicide tolerance traits in genetically modified cotton expected to be available to Australia within five years, research suggests that using more diverse strategies in weed control can add 20 years to the effective ‘life’ of this new herbicide tolerance technology…Read More

Grain Central, January 21, 2019

China’s cotton stocks drop below 13 million bales: USDA

China’s State Reserve (SR) stocks of cotton, which reached an estimated 60 million bales in the spring of 2014, are currently estimated at just under 13 million bales, according to the latest report from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)…Read More

Grain Central, December 14, 2018

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