More than three million tonnes of grain have been received so far into the CBH Group’s system in Western Australia as the WA harvest gathers pace after thunderstorms created havoc earlier in the month.
Lime use in Western Australian agricultural systems dropped 25 per cent this year and grain growers are encouraged to carefully assess their lime requirements ahead of the 2018 cropping season.
Winter crop prospects continue to improve in Western Australia as late season grain fill moves the 2017 harvest from ‘ordinary’ to ‘average’ and lifts WA’s production potential to 12.326 million tonnes.
A high-tech grains project is getting closer to developing more efficient and effective mechanisms to measure gravel soil properties, which will assist growers to optimise fertiliser and lime inputs and boost crop potential.
Crop production estimates have been lifted across the board in Western Australia on the back of September rain and cooler conditions that have been ideal for grain fill.
CBH took its first delivery of canola at the Port of Esperance on Friday, marking the start of winter crop harvest in Western Australia, but it will be a few weeks yet before headers move into full swing across the WA cropping belt.
A regime of escalating penalties against deliveries exceeding maximum residue levels has been implemented in the major grains and oilseeds export state, Western Australia.
A range of header modifications is available to assist grain growers facing the challenge of harvesting short crops this year.
Sowing a ‘shandy’ mix of different wheat varieties into the same paddock could buffer crops against the risk of frost and heat damage later in the season.
A new tool is available to assist Western Australian grain growers determine from home whether their crops may have been affected by extreme temperature events.