The ban on genetically modified (GM) crops in South Australia is likely to be extended after the state’s Upper House passed, by one vote, a Greens motion to extend the prohibition to 2025.
A 23,000-tonne cargo of South Australian barley is being discharged into trucks on a Brisbane wharf this week and trade sources say the grain will be absorbed by a malthouse on the Brisbane River, and feedlots on the Darling Downs west of the port city.
Mt Schanck, a South Australian grazing and irrigation property with an estimated carrying capacity of 60,000 DSE, has been listed for sale in the open market for the first time ever, and is expected to attract a broad range of buyer interest.
Australia’s government commodity forecaster, ABARES, has foreshadowed a reduction in the size of the nation’s 2017/18 winter crop now being harvested when its next report comes out 5 December, with dry conditions from June to September in NSW mostly to blame.
Harvest is underway on the Eyre Peninsula (EP) in South Australia after Viterra received its first load into Poochera on Tuesday.
Pulse Australia’s estimate for Australia’s 2017 lentil production has this week been lifted 29 per cent to 540,000 tonnes from the ABARES figure of 419,000t released in its September crop report, while the faba bean estimate has taken a hit, dropping 11pc to 305,000t from last month’s ABARES estimate of 341,000t.
The South Australian harvest has kicked off with Viterra receiving its first load of new season grain yesterday.
The Hart Field-Site Group in South Australia has been awarded a grant for development of a new field research facility.
Viterra’s Port Lincoln terminal in South Australia has reached 2 million tonnes (Mt) of grain shipping in its busiest October to July period in five years.
Rain throughout South Australia’s cropping zones last week, including some heavy falls over the weekend, have turned the season around for SA croppers.