The surge in winter pulse crop plantings in recent years, coupled with the higher operating temperatures of modern-day, emissions-limiting headers, has increased the risk of harvester fires on Australian farms.
The capacity to run harvesters on load-spreading tracks instead of tyres has been made just that little bit easier with the development of track conversion kits that can be retrofitted to existing machines.
Picking has pushed past the two-thirds mark on this season’s cotton crop which is on track to produce around four million bales and bring in $2.5 billion to the nation.
Ricegrowers in the NSW Riverina are wrapping up the largest harvest in three years with production set to exceed 800,000 tonnes – an increase of over 240 per cent on last year.
Contract harvesting charges need to rise to reflect the real cost of the service at a time when an exponential hike in costs threatens the viability of operators, according to Australian Custom Harvesters NSW representative, Rod Gribble.
Now WA growers have a clearer understanding of their financial position after winter crop harvest, they need to start planning for the year ahead.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) analysts predict Australian sorghum production for 2016/17 will reach 1.2 million tonnes (Mt), down 0.8Mt or 41pc from last year.
The extraordinarily wet growing season that created an Australian record-breaking canola crop in northern Tasmania this season produced mixed results for the region’s recently-harvested wheat crops.
Australia’s record winter crop harvest is set to lift profits for eastern seaboard grain handler, GrainCorp, by $53 million to between $130 and $160 million for the 2016-17 financial year despite a slump in global wheat prices, according to preliminary results released at the company’s annual general meeting today.
Harvesters are well into stripping this season’s corn crops in Queensland and northern NSW, taking off grain for the grit and feed markets, while southern growers in the Riverina and Victoria are underway with their first corn cuts for silage.