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WA harvest hits 1.27Mt as export demand resurfaces: CBH

Grain Central, 12 November 2018

Western Australian growers have delivered 1.27 million tonnes of grain in the harvest to November 8. State bulk handler CBH Group said interest from export customers is on the rise as domestic demand from eastern states takes a back seat.

Australia set for smallest winter crop in a decade: Rural Bank

Grain Central, 01 November 2018

Australia is likely to produce a total winter crop for 2018/19 of 30 million tonnes (Mt) – give or take 2Mt – 30 per cent less than the previous season and the smallest crop in a decade, according to Rural Bank’s ‘Australian Crop Annual Review 2018’.

Japan buying sees Australia’s August canola exports hit 95,357t

Liz Wells, 30 October 2018

Australia’s canola exports in August totaled a high of recent months at 95,357 tonnes, but the national export surplus from the current harvest will be limited by the dismal state of the eastern Australian crop.

Australian canola at 1.96Mt to be smallest since 2009: AOF

Grain Central, 24 October 2018

The Australian Oilseeds Federation has forecast Australia’s 2018 canola crop at 1.96 million tonnes (Mt), down from 2.66Mt in its previous forecast released in July, with the cutting of crops for hay in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria accounting for much of the drop.

Weekend rains arrest slide in WA winter crop potential

Neil Lyon, 15 October 2018

Western Australia’s winter crop continues to ride the roller coaster with savage frosts and the driest September in more than 80 years cruelling the prospect of a potential record crop, but rain over the weekend clawing back some of the losses.

Australian researchers turn up the heat on sclerotinia

Grain Central, 15 October 2018

Dual research projects from the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) are shedding new light on ways to combat the damaging disease Sclerotinia stem rot.

Native budworms pose late threat to WA canola and pulses

Grain Central, 12 October 2018

Western Australian growers are advised to inspect canola and pulse crops for native budworm caterpillars (Helicoverpa punctigera), which have escalated in northern and central areas in recent weeks and could become an issue farther south.

Eastern drought pushes Australian winter crop forecast lower

Neil Lyon, 10 October 2018

Australian winter crop production estimates continue to tumble as drought grips the eastern cropping regions, with INTL FCStone the latest crop-watcher to downgrade its projections for wheat, barley and canola.

Southern NSW grower’s early call on salvaging drought-affected crops

Guest Author, 03 October 2018

Joining many other growers in southern NSW, Cootamundra farmer, James Burge, has acted early to minimise income loss in a drought-impacted year by cutting some of his crops for fodder.

Are ‘pre-ems and crop competition’ the ‘wine and cheese’ of weed control in canola?

Guest Author, 03 October 2018

Considering limited post-emergent options and increasing levels of ryegrass resistance to clethodim, the ‘crop competition + pre-emergent’ combination is a strategy which deserves serious attention. Trials have shown that with effective pre-emergent herbicides, a competitive hybrid canola variety can reduce ryegrass seed set by 50 per cent compared with a less competitive open-pollinated (OP) variety.