The fledgling hemp grain industry is steadily finding its feet with around 1000 hectares of the crop grown in eastern Australia this year and new investors lining up to expand the production area.
South Australian grain handler, Viterra, has launched its annual recruitment drive for harvest workers with applications now open for 1500 seasonal jobs.
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.
Australian agriculture had a bumper year in 2016-17, according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) which showed a 9 per cent increase in value to $60.8 billion.
The earlier forecast of 600,000 tonnes for this season’s rice harvest in the NSW Riverina will be exceeded by around 25,000t, due to strong yields across rice-growing regions and different rice varieties, according to the latest report from SunRice.
Ricegrowers in the NSW Riverina are nearing the end of a harvest that is expected to pass the 600,000-tonne mark, down from last year’s 800,000t but well above the 242,000t of the year before.
Cotton picking is progressing apace through southern Queensland and northern and central New South Wales, and has kicked off in the far southern growing regions of the Riverina.
Picking of this year’s 4.5-million-bale cotton crop is moving into the Queensland/NSW border region as harvest wraps up further north in Central Queensland (CQ) where yields have been above average.
South Australian bulk handler, Viterra, has received 14,773 tonnes of grain in the past month, mainly from growers’ on-farm stocks, to lift its total intake for the 2017/18 winter-crop harvest to 5.65 million tonnes (Mt).
SunRice has reported strong dry season performance across North Queensland’s Burdekin rice growing region, with 4200 tonnes of premium rice variety Doongara harvested in December.