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Frost bites into southern harvest projections

Guest Author, 27 November 2017

Frost over recent months may have cost southern Australian croppers close to $200 million as harvest begins to reveal the full extent of the damage.

Wheat shandy reduces frost/heat risk

Neil Lyon, 28 September 2017

Sowing a ‘shandy’ mix of different wheat varieties into the same paddock could buffer crops against the risk of frost and heat damage later in the season.

WA tool for identifying extreme weather events

Grain Central, 25 September 2017

A new tool is available to assist Western Australian grain growers determine from home whether their crops may have been affected by extreme temperature events.

NSW pain cuts forecast Australian canola crop to 7-year low

Guest Author, 13 September 2017

The Australian Oilseeds Federation has cut its 2017/18 production estimate for the Australian crop currently in the ground by 9 per cent to 2.855 million tonnes to reflect the impact of a dry start in Western Australia, and a dry and frostbitten growing season in NSW.

Jack’s back…

Guest Author, 12 September 2017

Frost has impacted on the yield potential of Australia’s 2017 chickpea crop, and on winter crops generally across much of eastern Australia.

Frost bites NSW canola prospects, fuels higher price hopes

Guest Author, 05 September 2017

New-crop canola prices are looking well-supported at current levels as every bit of news colouring the global picture points to steady demand and reduced supply. In Australia, frost damage to the NSW crop is having the biggest impact on the latest national production outlook.

Frost adds insult to injury for thirsty winter crops

Guest Author, 22 August 2017

Chickpea yields in Australia’s key producing areas of Queensland and northern New South Wales are likely to have taken a hit from successive frosts in recent days, with crops on the Darling Downs of southern Queensland looking to be most affected.

Frost: once bitten, twice shy

Guest Author, 07 August 2017

Frost is a common visitor to southern and central Australia from late autumn to early spring. It can strike a chill, in more ways than one, in agricultural producers. Here’s a handy wrap-up of the Bureau’s frost forecast tools.

Policy complacency looks likely to see multi-peril insurance fail

Guest Author, 24 July 2017

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.

Temperature monitoring to manage frost risk

Grain Central, 21 July 2017

In-paddock temperature measurement could assist grain growers in determining whether their crops have been subjected to frost, therefore enabling them to quickly activate strategies to salvage a return from affected crops.