Chickpea plantings are set to top the 1.1-million-hectare mark this season as the final crops go in, with yield expectations tempered by high disease pressure and low rainfall in some areas.
South Australia can look forward to average yields at best as some of the state’s traditionally safe rainfall areas struggle to get crops up and away after a patchy start to the winter-cropping season.
Scientists from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), The University of Western Australia (UWA) and seven institutions globally have re-sequenced 300 lines of pigeon pea in a breakthrough that will provide food and nutritional security across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Demand from relocating and expanding family farming operations is lifting enquiry and demand for broadacre farming holdings in Victoria’s Northern Mallee, and the Murray/Mallee and Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, where the addition of pulses and canola is buoying farm earning capacity in the face of depressed cereal values.
Researchers from Charles Sturt University (CSU) at Wagga Wagga in southern NSW are leading a $2.3 million project to assist small landholders in Pakistan to enhance pulse production.
Increased marketing options and last year’s record yields across the Australian grainbelt have prompted an upswing in grower orders for on-farm storage units and systems.
South Australian bulk handler Viterra has released its preliminary segregation plan for the 2017-18 season, and is inviting growers to start the feedback process.
Pulses have eclipsed barley’s long-held place as Australia’s second-biggest grain crop, 2016-17 Australian winter crop production figures show.
With a record 2016/17 harvest completed, front of mind for Australian cropping farmers planning the 2017/18 season will be low wheat and coarse grain prices, historically low but rising fertiliser prices, high global stocks and the likelihood of a drier than normal season ahead.
Late-sown mungbean crops have been the only shining light in a season to forget for most mungbean growers in the northern cropping zone this year.