Plant scientists are becoming increasingly focused on breeding wheat lines with improved yield characteristics under heat stress conditions to cope with increasing climatic variability.
A solution to help farmers to grow crops in dry areas or during stretches of drought may depend on breeding and cultivating plants that protect themselves with a thicker layer of leaf wax, a new study shows.
Wheat prices in southern Queensland are on the rise, now trading at more than A$305 per tonne, $80/t above the value at harvest 2016, and a sure sign that the dry and hot winter conditions are fuelling a feedgrain deficit in southern Queensland and northern NSW.
A 150-per-cent tax incentive on multi-peril crop insurance (MPCI) premiums would save the Federal Government $7 for every dollar spent, according to a Williams Hall Chadwick report.
As a looming drought in WA appears increasingly likely to decimate grain production and farm incomes, there is some irony in the lack of enthusiasm shown by governments to firmly establish multi-peril insurance as a preferred option for farmers to reduce drought risk.
June rainfall was below average for most of Australia, and lowest on record for much of inland northern and north eastern Victoria, adjacent inland southern NSW, southwest and western Western Australia, and eastern Tasmania.
Scientists have taken an important step towards developing crops with the capacity to withstand and recover from drought.
New insight into how different wheat varieties respond to drought, published by researchers from The University of Western Australia, shows a novel avenue for breeding drought-tolerant wheat.
Droughts are a natural feature of the Australian environment, but the Millennium drought from 1997 to 2010 was a wake-up call, even by our parched standards.
Can we really feed nine billion people? That’s the estimated global population in the year 2050. It should be possible, but things are looking tricky – especially when we also factor in the climatic instability caused by global warming.