Record yields are on the cards for the US summer crops of corn and soybeans. Corn recently began an earlier-than-usual harvest in the US mid-west.
The value of Australia’s farm production is forecast to remain relatively unchanged at $60 billion in 2018–19, well above the 10-year average of $55b, despite very dry conditions in some places, according to ABARES’ latest quarterly report released today.
Rain in coming weeks is set to spark a mass planting of sorghum in northern NSW and southern Queensland, but growers are being warned not to plant without sufficient subsoil moisture in this early part of the summer-cropping window.
The success of cotton last season for traditional rice grower Chris Morshead of Widgelli outside Griffith in southern New South Wales has meant it will become a major part of the enterprise in the future.
Cotton shirts that you don’t need to iron may sound like a fanciful dream, but could be a reality thanks to a new project being undertaken by CSIRO.
Rural Funds Management has purchased Mayneland at Rolleston for $18m, the company’s second investment in irrigated cotton production in Central Queensland following its purchase of Lynora Downs in 2016.
A first try at dryland cotton has proved successful for Central Queensland grower, Warrick Stent-Smith, on his farm, “Roper View”, north-east of Emerald.
Cotton growers participating in an industry benchmarking program have emerged with an average net farm profit for the 2018 season of $2516/hectare, an increase in profitability of $959/ha from the 2017 year.
The Australian cotton industry has recognised its outstanding achievers at a special dinner on the Gold Coast last night attended by more than 1000 cotton growers and industry representatives as part of the 2018 Australian Cotton Conference.
Australia will ultimately have to choose a side in the escalating trade and political spat between the United States and China, a move that will have big implications for Australia’s agricultural exports, according to Rabobank’s Hong Kong-based senior Asia Pacific strategist, Michael Every.