The booming popularity of pulse crops in tropical Queensland is positioning Townsville as a port of significance when it comes to containerised grain exports.
A multi-hybrid planter, a paddock map that plots soil conductivity and software that links them have been combined for the first time to give Liverpool Plains grower David McGavin two sorghum crops in one.
Grain receivals at United Petroleum’s Dalby Bio-refinery have not been affected by the fire which damaged a section of the plant on May 26.
A fire in the early hours of this morning at United Ethanol’s Dalby Bio-Refinery may impact the supply of grain in the short-term to the plant, which is a significant user of sorghum and feed barley on Queensland’s Darling Downs.
Graincorp has reported a half-year Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation figure of $236 million and an Underlying Net Profit After Tax of $100m, both well up on comparable 2016 results.
A crop of MR-Scorpio sorghum grown by Joe Fleming, ‘Parraweena’, Willow Tree, has taken out this year’s Premer Shield, awarded for the best sorghum crop grown in the Liverpool Plains district of northern NSW.
Data from 75 sorghum crops grown over the last four years on farmers’ fields on the Darling Downs in southern Queensland showed the best performing field were sown early, had higher levels of nitrogen and were on farms having low farm debt.
In a major step forward for Australian farmers, new research from the US will result in a significantly quicker sorghum breeding process.
Heavy rain over much of the Liverpool Plains in north west NSW in recent weeks has given many growers enough moisture to consider double cropping, provided forecast falls do not further delay the harvest of sorghum and dryland cotton.
Just what caused the virtual plague of Rutherglen bugs that invaded northern cropping areas in unprecedented numbers over summer has had scientists searching for answers.