Category: Grains

Burdekin awash but little rain in sight for Central Queensland sorghum

Central Queensland (CQ) sorghum growers have four weeks at most to plant their 2019 crop, with its total intended sorghum area only around one quarter planted, and looking unlikely to get sufficient planting rain going on current forecasts. The post Burdekin awash but little rain in sight for Central Queensland sorghum appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Grain Central’s January grain and cropping news quiz

Keep up to date with Australian cropping industry developments with Grain Central’s monthly quiz. The post Grain Central’s January grain and cropping news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s January grain and cropping news quiz

Why the town of Finley is losing farms, jobs, students and cricketers

It only takes a stroll down the quiet main street of Finley to see that the small New South Wales town is struggling, and locals say the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is to blame. Source: ABC Grain Why the town of Finley is losing farms, jobs, students and cricketers

ChemCert unable to deliver accredited courses/certification

Major national chemical use training group ChemCert has declared it is unable to deliver accredited courses, enrol new students nor issue certification to those who have completed units. The post ChemCert unable to deliver accredited courses/certification appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central ChemCert unable to deliver accredited courses/certification

Ag responds to Murray Darling Royal Commission

The South Australian Royal Commissioner’s report into the Murray Darling Basin released yesterday is a lengthy document of 746 pages, but has already prompted a range of initial statements in response by stakeholders. The post Ag responds to Murray Darling Royal Commission appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Ag responds to Murray… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum fades, boats arrive and cottonseed firms

Continuing hot and dry conditions are dimming yield prospects for sorghum in New South Wales and southern Queensland, where WA grain is supplying much of the feed market’s needs. The post Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum fades, boats arrive and cottonseed firms appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum fades, boats arrive… Read more »

Crop of young farmers revitalise farming, create baby boom

A new generation of farmers brings youth, resilience and lots of babies to a small farming district in north-west NSW, fuelling a strong sense of optimism for the future. Source: ABC Grain Crop of young farmers revitalise farming, create baby boom

Chris Howie’s sheep and beef market wrap: Opportunities emerging

FORMER Elders national livestock manager Chris Howie offers his take on southern livestock market trends in January, drawing from both his own observations and from a wide contact network of producers, agents, processors, industry associates and leaders developed during his extensive career as a livestock agent.  The post Chris Howie’s sheep and beef market wrap:… Read more »

Headwinds ahead for Australian agriculture: Rabobank

Low rainfall expectations and global price pressures will be among the challenges facing the Australian grain industry in 2019, according to Rabobank’s Agribusiness Outlook 2019 report. The post Headwinds ahead for Australian agriculture: Rabobank appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Headwinds ahead for Australian agriculture: Rabobank

Employing farm labour – what you should know

Proper planning, careful documentation, knowing your obligations and complying with them are the keys to successfully employing farm labour, according to Pacer Legal director Stephen Park. The post Employing farm labour – what you should know appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Employing farm labour – what you should know

Getting people ‘right’ the real key to farm profit

When it comes to success on-farm, agribusiness consultant Ken Solly has some simple advice: ‘get the people right and production and profit will follow’. The post Getting people ‘right’ the real key to farm profit appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Getting people ‘right’ the real key to farm profit

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 30 Jan 2019

The monsoon trough enhanced convective activity over the northern tropics during the week, with heavy falls recorded on Queensland’s north tropical coast. Tropical cyclone Riley developed off the Kimberley coast in Western Australia and brought moderate falls to the Pilbara. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 30 Jan 2019 appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Crash claims life of former Qld grain leader

Former Queensland AgForce Grains president and third-generation Darling Downs grain grower, Lyndon Pfeffer, died on Friday evening from injuries he received in a two-truck collision on December 27 on the Gore Highway not far from his family farm at Pampas. The post Crash claims life of former Qld grain leader appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Rural achievers recognised in 2019 Australia Day awards

Several rural Australians with strong connections to the nation’s cattle, sheep and grain industries have been honoured in the the 2019 Australia Day awards. The post Rural achievers recognised in 2019 Australia Day awards appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Rural achievers recognised in 2019 Australia Day awards

Early pickings herald promising start to CQ cotton harvest

Cotton pickers are rolling through the first of this season’s crops in Central Queensland (CQ), bringing in promising yields from the big percentage of crops that were sown early this season. The post Early pickings herald promising start to CQ cotton harvest appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Early pickings herald promising… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 23 Jan 2019

Thunderstorms and showers produced moderate falls in northern Australia, while a surface trough and upper level disturbance led to thunderstorms and moderate rainfall over parts of eastern New South Wales. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 23 Jan 2019 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 23 Jan… Read more »

Growers get $95m rebate from CBH Group in year to Sept

CBH Group has returned $95 million to growers in rebates for the year to September 2018, with its marketing and trading division generating $48m through activity in domestic and international markets. The post Growers get $95m rebate from CBH Group in year to Sept appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Growers get… Read more »

Sorghum pest pressure eases after prolonged assault

Helicoverpa caterpillar numbers have dropped significantly in the past week after the damaging pest gave northern sorghum crops a torrid time over recent months. The post Sorghum pest pressure eases after prolonged assault appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Sorghum pest pressure eases after prolonged assault

Ord ships 30,000t of corn to Korean dry miller + VIDEO

This summer, the Ord region of Western Australia is shipping its biggest ever tonnage of winter-grown corn for dry-milling in South Korea by Dong-Il Grain. The post Ord ships 30,000t of corn to Korean dry miller + VIDEO appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Ord ships 30,000t of corn to Korean dry… Read more »

Recruitment: Staff retention – how to keep your best talent

Attraction and retention of staff in the cattle industry is not always favoured by changes in the external environment. Macro-economic conditions and competition from other sectors have led to a tight labour market and general staff shortages across the grazing sector. Here’s five points to consider in helping win the war in attracting good staff… Read more »

Tassie canola fills the bin at 5.5t/ha

It has been another high-yielding year for canola at Sisters Creek in north west Tasmania where Redbank Farming’s cropping manager, Michael Nichols, has just finished harvesting 13 hectares of Clearfield 970 that went 5.5 tonnes/hectare. The post Tassie canola fills the bin at 5.5t/ha appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Tassie canola… Read more »

Nhill grain figures are more than the whole of Queensland

Grain growers in one Victorian region are feeling buoyant after a good harvest, despite tough conditions across the east coast. Source: ABC Grain Nhill grain figures are more than the whole of Queensland

Seasonal climate outlook Feb-Apr 2019

Rainfall from February to April is likely to be below average for much of Western Australia, western South Australia, and much of eastern and southeastern Australia, with warmer than average days and nights are likely across the country. according to BOM’s latest three monthly outlook released today. The post Seasonal climate outlook Feb-Apr 2019 appeared… Read more »

Grain Central stories that led the news in 2018

In a year of mixed fortunes for Australian grain growers, Grain Central takes a look back over the stories that led the news in the cropping world in 2018. The post Grain Central stories that led the news in 2018 appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central stories that led the… Read more »

SunRice profits slump in tough global trading environment

Sunrice has posted consolidated revenue of $582.9 million for the half year to 31 October 2018 (HY19) – a 7 per cent increase compared to the previous corresponding period ending 31 October 2017 (HY18) – while recording Net Profit after Tax (NPAT) of $13.9 million for the same period – a 42pc fall from the HY18 figure…. Read more »

Man dies after falling into grain bin on SA farm

A 77-year-old man dies on a rural property on the west coast of South Australia after falling into a grain bin. SafeWork SA will investigate. Source: ABC Grain Man dies after falling into grain bin on SA farm

GrainCorp receivals near 2Mt in drought-hit eastern harvest

Eastern Australia grain handler, GrainCorp, has taken in 1.99 million tonnes of grain to date from the drought-affected 2018 winter crop as the harvest on the eastern seaboard draws to a close. The post GrainCorp receivals near 2Mt in drought-hit eastern harvest appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp receivals near 2Mt… Read more »

Namoi seeks court’s help over Cargill cottonseed wrangle

Namoi Cotton has filed a pre-discovery application with the Federal Court of Australia in which it which seeks access to documents and accounting information from Cargill Australia Limited in respect of their joint venture oilseeds business. The post Namoi seeks court’s help over Cargill cottonseed wrangle appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central … Read more »

Merry Christmas from Grain Central

The Grain Central, Beef Central and Sheep Central teams will be taking a short publishing break over the Christmas/New Year period. The post Merry Christmas from Grain Central appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Merry Christmas from Grain Central

Axéréal’s Boortmalt to buy Cargill’s global malt division

Cargill looks set to offload its global malt division, including its five Australian malting plants, to France-based cereal cooperative Axéréal, which already has a sizable presence in the European market with its malting arm, Boortmalt. The post Axéréal’s Boortmalt to buy Cargill’s global malt division appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Axéréal’s… Read more »

UN nominates new days/year to mark food safety, pulses and plant health

The United Nations has moved to create two new international days and one entire year devoted to central issues in global food security and nutrition, proclaiming 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health, 10 February World Pulses Day and June 7 World Food Safety Day. The post UN nominates new days/year to mark food… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Jan-Mar 2019

Rainfall from January to March is likely to be below average for Western Australia, parts of the Northern Territory and eastern mainland Australia, with warmer than average days and nights also likely, according to BOM’s latest three monthly outlook released today. The post Seasonal climate outlook Jan-Mar 2019 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

GrainCorp awaits revised takeover proposal

GrainCorp is waiting on potential buyer, Long-Term Asset Partners (LTAP), to come up with a “more certain” takeover proposal before it makes any recommendations to its shareholders. The post GrainCorp awaits revised takeover proposal appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp awaits revised takeover proposal

Levy on chemical and container recycling extended

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has authorised AgStewardship to continue collecting a levy on the sale of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, to fund programs for the safe disposal and recycling of the containers and unused chemicals. The post Levy on chemical and container recycling extended appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 19 Dec 2018

A complex area of low pressure developed over Victoria, and brought moderate to locally heavy falls the southeast, while Tropical cyclone Owen brought heavy falls to the northern tropics and east coast of Queensland. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 19 Dec 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall… Read more »

Conservation ag group forced into liquidation

Conservation Farmers Inc (CFI), which has driven the adoption of no-till farming practices over the past 40 years in the northern farming regions of Queensland and northern New South Wales, is to be wound up. The post Conservation ag group forced into liquidation appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Conservation ag group… Read more »

Rains revive ailing eastern summer crops

An intense rain front that produced falls of between 50 and 150 millimetres – and in some cases upwards of 300mm – on Queensland’s Darling Downs over the weekend has saved this season’s sorghum crop. The post Rains revive ailing eastern summer crops appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rains revive ailing… Read more »

Multiple fines over teenager’s farm death in 2016

Two farming companies and a sole director have been fined a total $475,000 after the tragic death of a 14-year-old boy at a large property in Goondiwindi in southern Queensland on April 1, 2016. The post Multiple fines over teenager’s farm death in 2016 appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Multiple fines… Read more »

Recruitment: Young people and women boost Australia’s agricultural workforce

Australia’s agricultural workforce is growing, getting younger and engaging more women, according to an analysis released this week by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics Sciences. The post Recruitment: Young people and women boost Australia’s agricultural workforce appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Young people and women boost Australia’s… Read more »

Eastern summer croppers pin hopes on predicted rains

Rain falling today across Victoria is a promising forerunner to what the Bureau of Meteorology predicts will be widespread rains across much of the eastern Australia cropping zone over the next few days. The post Eastern summer croppers pin hopes on predicted rains appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Eastern summer croppers… Read more »

GrainGrowers’ calendar photos showcase cropping industry

This year’s winning entries in GrainGrowers’ calendar photo competition feature inspiring shots from around Australia that showcase the grains industry. The post GrainGrowers’ calendar photos showcase cropping industry appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainGrowers’ calendar photos showcase cropping industry

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 Dec 2018

Broad low pressure troughs produced moderate falls through Western Australia and northern and eastern Australia, while heavy falls were recorded in the north tropical Queensland coast after ex-tropical cyclone Owen crossed near Port Douglas. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 12 Dec 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »

Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs

Diesel fuel prices across regional and rural areas of Australia have eased by up to 12c/litre in some states, after hitting four-year highs a month ago. The post Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Diesel fuel prices ease off four-year highs

Grain Central’s November grain and cropping news quiz

Keep up to date with Australian cropping industry developments with Grain Central’s monthly quiz. The post Grain Central’s November grain and cropping news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s November grain and cropping news quiz

Seednet to pay $1m penalty for misleading barley performance claims

The Federal Court has ordered Landmark Operations Limited (trading as Seednet) to pay a $1 million penalty for making false, misleading and deceptive claims in a fact sheet for its barley variety known as Compass. The post Seednet to pay $1m penalty for misleading barley performance claims appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »

How to grow crops on Mars

With the recent landing on Mars of NASA’s InSight lander, bringing closer the prospect of humans one day visiting the planet, scientists are puzzling over how to grow the food to feed them there. The post How to grow crops on Mars appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central How to grow crops… Read more »

Recruitment: Using effective story-telling to attract job candidates

Most meat and livestock industry supply chain stakeholders are fortunate to have the ‘gift of the gab’, but we don’t necessarily transfer that well into talking about our business and culture to potential staff that might consider working for us. Here are seven tips for getting your message across through a story. The post Recruitment:… Read more »

‘Crop circle’ artwork marks World Soil Day

‘Crop circle’ artists from the University of Sydney’s IA Watson Grains Research Centre at Narrabri in north west New South Wales have been at it again, scribing the word SOIL! into a field of wheat stubble to mark the United Nations World Soil Day. The post ‘Crop circle’ artwork marks World Soil Day appeared first… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 5 Dec 2018

BROAD low pressure troughs produced moderate falls in northern and central Australia, while a deep low pressure system off the New South Wales coast produced locally heavy falls in Sydney, the Illawarra and Central Tablelands districts. The highest weekly total was 222 mm at Faulconbridge in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. The post… Read more »

UQ/Manildra team up for sugarcane fertiliser research project

The University of Queensland and Manildra have launched a project which aims to develop a blend of wheat starch as a fertiliser with reduced run-off for use in Queensland’s sugarcane industry. The post UQ/Manildra team up for sugarcane fertiliser research project appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central UQ/Manildra team up for sugarcane… Read more »

Australia's crop production takes hammering as drought, frosts bite

With harvests underway across most of the country, Australia’s winter crop looks worse than initially predicted after the driest September on record and significant frost damage. Source: ABC Grain Australia’s crop production takes hammering as drought, frosts bite

Winter crop production down after poor start to spring: ABARES

National winter crop production is forecast to be 20 per cent below the 20-year average, coming in at 29.3 million tonnes (Mt) for 2018–19, according to the latest Crop Report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). The post Winter crop production down after poor start to spring: ABARES appeared… Read more »

LTAP heavyweights launch takeover bid for GrainCorp

A new vehicle for Australian investors, Long-Term Asset Partners Pty Ltd (LTAP), has bounded into view with a bid to buy out eastern Australia’s major bulk handler, GrainCorp, for $10.42 per share. The post LTAP heavyweights launch takeover bid for GrainCorp appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central LTAP heavyweights launch takeover bid… Read more »

Rainfed rice on the rise in NSW Northern Rivers

Rainfed rice production is on the rise in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, and is being milled at Slater Farms near Casino for sale in the domestic market. The post Rainfed rice on the rise in NSW Northern Rivers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rainfed rice on the rise… Read more »

Ag sector confidence showing signs of recovery, but drought concerns linger: Rabobank

Seasonal concerns continue to hang over the outlook for Australia’s agricultural sector, despite much-needed rains have finally fallen over some of the country’s drought-affected regions, the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey has found. The post Ag sector confidence showing signs of recovery, but drought concerns linger: Rabobank appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »

Crop sciences to shoulder third of Bayer’s job losses

Bayer is set to shed 12,000 jobs worldwide, with 4100 expected to be lost from its crop sciences division, according to an announcement overnight from the company’s global headquarters in Germany. The post Crop sciences to shoulder third of Bayer’s job losses appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Crop sciences to shoulder… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus:  Dip in barley shifts ration mix, cottonseed cheaper

Overall the feedgrains sector reported cautious trading this week as demand slowed and rain in the southern half of NSW further eased fodder supply. Barley priced itself back into feedlot rations in the short term in the hope of a better sorghum crop growing over summer. The post Feedgrain Focus:  Dip in barley shifts ration… Read more »

Basin Plan blamed for SunRice job losses as water shortage bites

SunRice is closing one of its Riverina mills and scaling back operations at the other three in response to what it expects to be a small 2019 crop from southern New South Wales, where a scarcity of affordable irrigation water looks set to slash production. The post Basin Plan blamed for SunRice job losses as… Read more »

Recruitment: Why job-seekers should keep up the search during the holidays

As the holiday season approaches, job-seekers in the red meat and livestock industry might be considering putting their search on hold. However, it is a common misconception that businesses do not hire at all over Christmas and it could in fact be the ideal time to rev-up the job search. The post Recruitment: Why job-seekers… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2018 – Feb 2019

Summer rainfall is forecast to be below average across much of northern Australia, with warmer than average days and nights likely, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s three month seasonal climate outlook for December to February. The post Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2018 – Feb 2019 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28 Nov 2018

Surface troughs generated storms and showers in northern, central and eastern Australia, while a series of cold fronts and associated low pressure systems produced moderate fall in the southeast. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28 Nov 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28… Read more »

BCM expands Brisbane capacity to handle more interstate grain

Boolah Commodity Management is about to bring its fourth storage site at Pinkenba into operation to help service demand for interstate grain being shipped into Brisbane, and last week hosted a visit from the Queensland Agricultural Merchants keen to learn more about the logistics task. The post BCM expands Brisbane capacity to handle more interstate… Read more »

Closing rates loophole may bite charities and not-for-profits

A WA local government association wants organisations with a charity or not-for-profit status but who make money to start paying rates. Source: ABC Grain Closing rates loophole may bite charities and not-for-profits

Guilty plea in water investigations

A guilty plea tendered today on behalf of Mungindi irrigator Anthony Barlow has been welcomed by the New South Wales Government.  The post Guilty plea in water investigations appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Guilty plea in water investigations

Could this new herbicide be an alternative to glyphosate? 400M forum

An organic, non-selective herbicide in the early stages of commercial development could have the potential to address some of the weed resistance issues facing the widely-used farming herbicide, glyphosate. The post Could this new herbicide be an alternative to glyphosate? 400M forum appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Could this new herbicide… Read more »

NAB calendar stars share their stories + PICS

Every year NAB selects 12 leading agricultural businesses from its thousands of rural customers all over Australia to appear in its annual agribusiness calendar, and at a launch event in Toowoomba last night several stars of the 2019 version shared their stories and strategies for success. The post NAB calendar stars share their stories +… Read more »

Recruitment: Effectively managing remotely-located employees

The red meat industry supply chain is a classic example of a business sector where some staff may operate remotely from the main business. Having remote employees presents unique challenges to management that may be overlooked. However addressing a few key points will help improve morale, productivity and team cohesion. The post Recruitment: Effectively managing… Read more »

Bright ideas pitch for approval at 400M forum + PICS

Ag tech startups will only succeed if the people behind them recognise their strengths and weaknesses, intimately understand farming and know the real needs of producers, according to 400M Ag and Food Innovation Forum keynote speaker, Ian Mason. The post Bright ideas pitch for approval at 400M forum + PICS appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

DataFarming takes on the challenge of technology uptake: 400M forum

On-farm adoption rates of the latest technology will only increase if that technology is easy to access, simple to use and is a value proposition for the operator, according to DataFarming managing director, Tim Neale. The post DataFarming takes on the challenge of technology uptake: 400M forum appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »

Second National Ag Day carries #GrowforGood message

Australians are learning about agriculture and celebrating its achievements on the second National Agriculture Day, which is trending on twitter with the #AgDayAU and #GrowForGood hashtags. The post Second National Ag Day carries #GrowforGood message appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Second National Ag Day carries #GrowforGood message

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 21 Nov 2018

A weak cold front resulted in light to moderate falls in southeast Australia at the start of the week, while a broad surface troughs across northern Australia produced thunderstorms and showers with moderate falls. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 21 Nov 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly… Read more »

China’s probe into Australian barley pricing has echoes of US sorghum

China’s decision to launch an investigation into companies’ pricing of Australian barley doesn’t alter fundamentals which remain strong, though cash market prices meantime have fallen. The post China’s probe into Australian barley pricing has echoes of US sorghum appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central China’s probe into Australian barley pricing has echoes… Read more »

Recruitment: Five tips to secure quality staff in a shrinking resource pool

Hiring the best people for your business is never easy, particularly when there is a small pool to choose from with the particular skills you need. It is fast becoming an employees’ market in many rural and regional areas, and that means fewer applicants who demand better employment offers. Here are five tips to making… Read more »

Ag professionals to form national accreditation scheme

An industry-first national accreditation scheme for agricultural professionals will be launched later this month at the Brave New World – Ag to 2030 conference in Sydney. The post Ag professionals to form national accreditation scheme appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Ag professionals to form national accreditation scheme

Can SAM find the mojo to improve summer rain prospects?

While climate forecasters point to the recent development of an El Niño as a sign of dry times ahead, summer crop producers throughout the eastern farming zone may take heart from other climate indicators that are more optimistic about the likelihood of summer rains. The post Can SAM find the mojo to improve summer rain… Read more »

Small eastern crop halves GrainCorp’s FY18 profit to $71m

Reduced throughput in its eastern-states bulk-handling system has walloped the FY18 results for GrainCorp Ltd, which today announced an underlying net profit after tax (NPAT) for the year to 30 September of $71 million, half the FY17 result. The post Small eastern crop halves GrainCorp’s FY18 profit to $71m appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 Nov 2018

A cloudband produced moderate falls from central to southeast Australia, and surface troughs resulted in moderate falls across the west, central and east of Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 Nov 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 Nov 2018

Ruralco lifts profit

Ruralco has announced an underlying net profit after tax of $28.8million for the full year ended 30 September 2018, up 10 per cent on last year. The post Ruralco lifts profit appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Ruralco lifts profit

Elders reports strong full year result

Elders Limited has released its full year financial results for the 12 months to 30 September, headlined by an improved underlying profit and a fully franked final dividend of 9 cents per share. The post Elders reports strong full year result appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Elders reports strong full year… Read more »

Incitec Pivot expands Adelaide fertiliser operations

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers is expanding its distribution facilities at Port Adelaide, leasing the nearby MacroFertil site to meet growing demand for bulk and blended fertilisers in South Australia. The post Incitec Pivot expands Adelaide fertiliser operations appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Incitec Pivot expands Adelaide fertiliser operations

Red Cross help for drought-affected farmers

Farmers in eastern Victoria are facing their third dry season but new cash grants are now available to help relieve the financial pressure. Source: ABC Grain Red Cross help for drought-affected farmers

WA winter crop surges back to 15.653Mt

Widespread rain over the central regions of Western Australia in the past month have arrested the slide in winter crop grain yields, lifting the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia’s (GIWA) latest estimate for WA production to 15.653 million tonnes. The post WA winter crop surges back to 15.653Mt appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Barley among key drivers of 1.8 per cent rise in commodities index: NAB

Following a large monthly gain of 6.5 per cent in September, the National Australia Bank Rural Commodities Index has continued to perform well month-on-month, rising a further 1.8pc in October. Sugar and barley were key drivers. The post Barley among key drivers of 1.8 per cent rise in commodities index: NAB appeared first on Grain… Read more »

Recall notice issued for Polaris Ranger Diesel 1000 side-by-sides

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a recall for Polaris Ranger Diesel 1000 side by side vehicles produced between 2016 and 2018, citing a potential fire hazard. The post Recall notice issued for Polaris Ranger Diesel 1000 side-by-sides appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Recall notice issued for Polaris Ranger… Read more »

Growers release Borlaug in quest for high-yielding wheat

The feedlot sector’s appetite for grain, as well as opportunities for containerised exports of milling wheat, have prompted a group of Queensland growers to form their own company and release a CIMMYT variety named in honour of Norman Borlaug. The post Growers release Borlaug in quest for high-yielding wheat appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Viability of WA egg farmers threatened by supermarket imports

The growing number of imported eggs on WA supermarket shelves threatens the viability of an already struggling local industry, egg producers warn. Source: ABC Grain Viability of WA egg farmers threatened by supermarket imports

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 7 Nov 2018

Broad surface troughs produced showers and thunderstorms in central, northern and eastern Australia, while a cold front and pre-frontal trough brought moderate falls to parts of southeast Australia. The highest weekly total was 110 mm at Byfield Childs Road in central Queensland. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 7 Nov 2018 appeared first on… Read more »

GrainCorp cuts mark drought’s latest bite on agribusiness

GrainCorp is shedding 50 jobs in eastern Australia to help the company better cope with the financial stresses and reduced throughput caused by the drought. The post GrainCorp cuts mark drought’s latest bite on agribusiness appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp cuts mark drought’s latest bite on agribusiness

Eastern croppers feel the heat

Heatwave conditions across the New South Wales/Queensland cropping belt have triggered fire alerts for winter crop harvesters in the south and forced a pause in some summer cropping activities in the north. The post Eastern croppers feel the heat appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Eastern croppers feel the heat

Recruitment: How to leave your job on good terms

One of the harder things to do in life can be quitting your job and embarking on a new career pathway. While leaving a job can be difficult – and potentially an awkward situation – there are ways to ensure that employees leave on good terms and cultivate a reputation as a professional who future… Read more »

Feedgrain focus: Improved hay supply takes the top off barley price

Grain harvest has begun in all states further easing some areas of supply, but the welcome supply of hay cut from cropping country has done much to cool livestock feed shortages nearby and medium term. The post Feedgrain focus: Improved hay supply takes the top off barley price appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Eastern harvest contractors call for support as work prospects dry up

Contract grain harvesters facing a dire shortage of winter crop harvest work across drought-affected eastern Australia are calling for an income support package to tide them over exceptional seasons such as this. The post Eastern harvest contractors call for support as work prospects dry up appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Eastern… Read more »

Grain Central’s October grain and cropping news quiz

Keep up to date with Australian cropping industry developments with Grain Central’s monthly quiz. The post Grain Central’s October grain and cropping news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s October grain and cropping news quiz

Wagyu feeder prices under heavy pressure from record high grain prices

Wagyu F1 feeder cattle prices have come under heavy pressure over the past 12 months, due to a combination of record-high grain prices adding substantially to production cost, and over-supply of less desirable F1 feeders. The post Wagyu feeder prices under heavy pressure from record high grain prices appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »