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ABC upholds complaint about unbalanced Basin Plan coverage

Grain Central, 08 November 2018

National Irrigators’ Council chief executive officer, Steve Whan. says a ruling by the ABC’s Audience and Consumer Affairs unit upholding a complaint about coverage of the Murray Darling Basin plan by ABC’s Background Briefing reinforces the need for balance in coverage.

Murray Darling dam levels drop below 50pc

Grain Central, 06 November 2018

The total amount of water stored in the Murray–Darling Basin’s dams has dropped below the 50 per cent mark, signalling the need for irrigators, industry operators and environmental water managers to continue their close watch on water availability as summer approaches.

Water shortage cuts cotton potential in half as sowing gains momentum

Neil Lyon, 31 October 2018

Cotton planting is well underway in the eastern cropping belt where low water reserves and muted irrigation allocations will limit the potential crop to 2.2 million bales – fewer than half last season’s 4.6-million-bale crop.

Lindores family offers St George scale in Darran Aggregation

Grain Central, 25 October 2018

The Darran Aggregation at St George is being sold by the Lindores family and offers the market an irrigation and large-scale dryland grazing and cropping operation with license to develop an 8000-head feedlot.

Water shortage cuts cotton planting prospects

Neil Lyon, 28 September 2018

Cotton planting is beginning to gather pace throughout the eastern growing regions, but depleted water reserves are likely to see the area sown drop by half this season compared to last year.

Piping recycled wastewater to farmers is enticing, but is it economically feasible?

James Nason, 05 September 2018

As drought tightens its grip calls have been mounting for the 100,000 megalitres of wastewater that is released by treatment plants into Moreton Bay near Brisbane every year to be diverted to farmers further west. But is the idea economically feasible?

In a drought year when water for irrigation is especially sparse, calls have been growing for that treated water to be pumped and piped to irrigation areas in the Lockyer Valley and over the Great Dividing Range to the Darling Downs.

Six new dam sites identified for northern Australia

Grain Central, 30 August 2018

Six new dam sites in northern Australia have been identified with the potential to collectively open up 370,000 hectares of land for new agricultural cropping developments, and twice that area for aquaculture ponds.

Bartter’s Ballandry dryland/irrigated Riverina aggregation lists

Liz Wells, 26 June 2018

Australian poultry-industry identity, David Bartter, has listed his 27,735-hectare irrigated and dryland aggregation north of Griffith, Ballandry Station, for sale by expressions of interest.

Coonamble, Walgett sales test northwest NSW cropping market

Liz Wells, 06 June 2018

The Nunkeri, Loch Lomond and Combogolong aggregation at Coonamble and Wimbleton at Walgett are on the market, and will test values for cropping country on the northwest plains of New South Wales.

Bi-partisan agreement puts Murray-Darling plan back on track

Grain Central, 08 May 2018

The Federal Government and Labor have struck an 11th-hour agreement that will ensure support for amendments to the Southern Basin water recovery targets proposed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.