Black sesame is showing early promise as a speciality cropping option for Australian farmers with trials near Rockhampton in Queensland revealing its credentials, particularly its capacity to perform in tough, dry seasons.
Rain across much of the northern summer cropping zone over the weekend has boosted prospects for mung beans, sorghum and cotton, with some areas receiving their best falls for the season.
The shine has gone off the sunflower industry with only a limited area of the colourful oilseed crop sown throughout the eastern growing regions this summer.
Rain is the key ingredient needed to kick along summer crops in the northern farming zone where this week’s heatwave conditions are drawing down moisture reserves and hampering spraying operations.
Australian winter crop production is forecast to reach 34.9 million tonnes (Mt) in 2017-18, 41 per cent lower than the record production in 2016–17, according to ABARES’ ‘Agricultural commodities, December quarter 2017’ report released today.
The chance of rain this weekend throughout the northern, summer cropping zone will be welcomed in many districts where moisture has been an issue for this season’s sorghum plantings.
Grain growers making the decision to double crop into a more promising summer season are being urged not to rush or “gamble by guessing” when devising their crop nutrition programs.
Rutherglen bug (RGB) has been an increasingly frequent and very problematic pest for grain growers in Queensland and New South Wales over the past 10 years, but recently observed behaviours are causing further concerns.
The winter-long drought, which extended through September, wrecked wheat and barley prospects for many, but October rainfall will ensure sorghum planting across a large area in northern NSW, southern Queensland and central Queensland. Peter McMeekin explains what it may mean for local poultry and beef feedlot enterprises.
The odds of eastern Australia receiving above-average rains this summer have improved as modelling points to the development of a weak La Nina in the Pacific Ocean, according to University of Southern Queensland’s professor Roger Stone.