The National Australia Bank (NAB) Rural Commodities Index rose 1.4 per cent in June, driven largely by impressive wool, lamb and cotton prices.
Bee pollination services are an under-utilised resource in the broadacre farming sector where growers are missing out on the potential to increase yields in crops such as canola, legumes and cotton.
Cotton production in the Murrumbidgee and Murray valleys of southern New South Wales has hit a record 800,000 bales, with 53 new growers joining the region’s existing cohort of 110 to grow a record area of 72,000 hectares.
Despite hot, dry conditions across the cropping regions during the first quarter of 2018, particularly in eastern Australia, the value of crop production in 2018–19 is forecast to remain unchanged at $31 billion, according to ABARES’ ‘Agricultural Commodities: June quarter 2018’ report released today.
Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD) have officially opened their new cotton seed processing facilities at ‘Shenstone’ near Wee Waa in northern NSW.
Global cotton production for 2018/19 is forecast to be lower, with declines for China, Pakistan, and Australia partially offset by an increase for Brazil, according to the latest monthly report from the United States Department of Agriculture.
A clear film designed to cover plant rows like a roll of glad-wrap is set to deliver the heat and moisture benefits of glasshouse production and boost the establishment of high-value crops such as cotton.
The Nunkeri, Loch Lomond and Combogolong aggregation at Coonamble and Wimbleton at Walgett are on the market, and will test values for cropping country on the northwest plains of New South Wales.
A touring party of managers and agronomists from Brazil’s largest integrated crop and livestock farming business is travelling through eastern Australia on a fact-finding mission comparing both countries farming practices.
The pressure on primary producers to demonstrate their sustainable credentials is mounting – from government and consumers alike – but does it ‘pay’ for farming businesses to participate in voluntary sustainability accreditation programs?