Category: Grains

Queensland harvest winding down, NSW and Vic holding up

As Queensland harvest draws to a close, the quality of receivals progressing southward through New South Wales and Victoria is holding up, amid on-again off-again rainy conditions. The post Queensland harvest winding down, NSW and Vic holding up appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Queensland harvest winding down, NSW and Vic holding… Read more »

South Australian grain co-op signs up for port pact

A grain growers’ co-operative in South Australia has signed a deal to develop a logistics/export business. The post South Australian grain co-op signs up for port pact appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central South Australian grain co-op signs up for port pact

South Australia likely to extend GM crop ban

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. The post South Australia likely to extend GM crop ban appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central South Australia likely… Read more »

WA harvest passes three-million-tonne mark

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. The post WA harvest passes three-million-tonne mark appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central WA harvest passes three-million-tonne mark

Recruitment: Upsurge in ag enrolments heightens need for work experience opportunities

A resurgence in student enrolments in the agricultural sciences at universities across Australia has exposed the need for stronger linkages to be built between universities and the agricultural industry. The post Recruitment: Upsurge in ag enrolments heightens need for work experience opportunities appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Upsurge in ag… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2017-Feb 2018 + VIDEO

The Bureau of Meteorology’s rainfall outlook for December to February released today shows northeast NSW and regions surrounding the Gulf of Carpentaria are likely to be drier than average. Elsewhere across the country, there is no strong signal showing wetter or drier conditions for summer. The post Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2017-Feb 2018 + VIDEO… Read more »

Upsurge in ag enrolments heightens need for work experience opportunities

A resurgence in student enrolments in the agricultural sciences at universities across Australia has exposed the need for stronger linkages to be built between universities and the agricultural industry. The post Upsurge in ag enrolments heightens need for work experience opportunities appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Upsurge in ag enrolments heightens… Read more »

Heritage Seeds extends coverage in pasture and crop seeds sector

Heritage Seeds has strengthened its position as one of the largest seed companies in Australia after acquiring three key Queensland-based seed businesses. The post Heritage Seeds extends coverage in pasture and crop seeds sector appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Heritage Seeds extends coverage in pasture and crop seeds sector

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 15 Nov 2017

Surface troughs produced thunderstorms with moderate falls in parts of the west, north and east of Australia. A persistent easterly onshore flow produced moderate to heavy falls over the north tropical coast of Queensland The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 15 Nov 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Ruralco announces record full year result

Ruralco Holdings has today announced record second half and full year earnings for the 12 months to September 30, 2017, headlined by a 95 percent rise in net profit after tax to $26.2 million. The post Ruralco announces record full year result appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Ruralco announces record full… Read more »

South Australian barley shipped to Qld feedlot market

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 feedlots on the Darling Downs and west of the port city. The post South Australian barley shipped to Qld feedlot market appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

WA crop potential continues to rise as harvest cranks up

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. The post WA crop potential continues to rise as harvest cranks up appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central WA crop potential… Read more »

Elders announces $116m net profit for FY17

STRONG cattle and sheep prices and an expanded business network helped Elders Limited to almost double its net profit in the 2017 financial year, the publicly-listed agribusiness announced this morning. The post Elders announces $116m net profit for FY17 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Elders announces 6m net profit for FY17

Recruitment: Is automated farming a threat to future job security?

There is a digital revolution underway in Australian agriculture, with the timely confluence of record production levels marking agriculture as one of the key ‘industries of the future’. But will the pace of implementation of automated farming technologies threaten or enhance the farm sector’s job opportunities of the future? The post Recruitment: Is automated farming… Read more »

SwarmFarm teams with Bosch to secure future for farming robots

SwarmFarm Robotics, the developer of lightweight, driverless robot farming machines, has taken the next step to commercialisation by joining in a new partnership with global technology and services provider, Bosch Australia. The post SwarmFarm teams with Bosch to secure future for farming robots appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central SwarmFarm teams with… Read more »

Peru – Australia sign bilateral free trade agreement

Australia and Peru have signed a Free Trade Agreement, the announcement being made at the APEC Summit in Vietnam today. The post Peru – Australia sign bilateral free trade agreement appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Peru – Australia sign bilateral free trade agreement

US scraps overhaul of GM crop regulations biotech advocates viewed as ‘unscientific’

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it is withdrawing a proposed rule to revise the agency’s regulations of genetically engineered crops. The rule was proposed by the outgoing Obama administration in January. The post US scraps overhaul of GM crop regulations biotech advocates viewed as ‘unscientific’ appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Agriculture on cusp of digital farming transformation

The digital revolution appears to be gaining some much-needed momentum in Australian agriculture as the market shows signs of upward movement in the uptake of digital technologies. The post Agriculture on cusp of digital farming transformation appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Agriculture on cusp of digital farming transformation

Telstra offers customers remedies and compensation for slow internet speeds

AUSTRALIA’s peak communication consumer and competition bodies have demanded the National Broadband Network and retailers make achievable internet speed data available to customers at their premises. The post Telstra offers customers remedies and compensation for slow internet speeds appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Telstra offers customers remedies and compensation for slow… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 8 Nov 2017

Broad surface troughs produced showers and thunderstorms in the north and east of Australia. An intensifying low pressure system tracked across New South Wales, producing moderate to locally heavy falls. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 8 Nov 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap +… Read more »

Grain Central’s October 2017 grain news quiz

Test your Australian grain industry knowledge with Grain Central’s monthly quiz The post Grain Central’s October 2017 grain news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s October 2017 grain news quiz

Australia fears fallout if Europe bans glyphosate

Calls for a ban in Europe of the widely-used, non-selective herbicide, glyphosate, have sparked fears of far-reaching consequences for global food producing and exporting nations such as Australia. The post Australia fears fallout if Europe bans glyphosate appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Australia fears fallout if Europe bans glyphosate

Grain production drops as big dry and severe frosts bite

Australian grain growers are set to produce just 35 million tonne in 2017 growing season, down 41 per cent on last year. Source: ABC Grain Grain production drops as big dry and severe frosts bite

Russian wheat crop will be a big one

The Russian wheat crop is getting larger with updated estimates indicating another record harvest this season. The post Russian wheat crop will be a big one appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Russian wheat crop will be a big one

Viewpoint: European anti-tech groups threaten to derail CRISPR gene editing in agriculture

New genome editing tools allow scientists to make specific genetic improvements in all organisms, including crop plants, but the technology is under challenge by activists in Europe. The post Viewpoint: European anti-tech groups threaten to derail CRISPR gene editing in agriculture appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Viewpoint: European anti-tech groups threaten… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 1 Nov 2017

A complex low pressure system produced storms and moderate falls in eastern New South Wales, while surface troughs across northern and eastern Australia generated showers and thunderstorms throughout the week. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 1 Nov 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap +… Read more »

Co-operatives: what are they?

Co-operatives have become an integral part of the Australian business world, with more than 2000 co-operatives now operating and the sector having a turnover of over $27.8 billion. The post Co-operatives: what are they? appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Co-operatives: what are they?

Europe equivocates over glyphosate’s future

Europe has again postponed a decision on extending the approval of the non-selective herbicide, glyphosate, after the European Commission failed to reach a consensus on the issue last week. The post Europe equivocates over glyphosate’s future appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Europe equivocates over glyphosate’s future

Harvest 2017: what will you do with all your grain?

With harvest just around the corner it is likely too late for many to increase silo storage capacity, but growers still have time to implement on-farm bunkers to avoid slow turnaround times to receival sites, writes Jemma Pearl in this cross-posting from the Birchip Cropping Group. The post Harvest 2017: what will you do with… Read more »

New research: Grains are back on the menu for Australians

After years of going against the grain, new research shows fewer Australians are limiting grain foods like breads and breakfast cereals, with consumption of legumes, including beans, peas and lentils, rising an additional 4 percent since 2014. The post New research: Grains are back on the menu for Australians appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Recruitment survey: What’s more important – qualifications or experience?

Some time back, we asked readers what they thought was more important for the meat and livestock industry workforce – practical experience, qualifications or both. There were some interesting responses. The post Recruitment survey: What’s more important – qualifications or experience? appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment survey: What’s more important… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Nov 2017-Jan 2018

For the three months November to January, most of the country has just a 50 percent chance of being wetter than average, according to the latest Seasonal Climate outlook statement released by the Bureau of Meteorology today. The post Seasonal climate outlook Nov 2017-Jan 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 25 Oct 2017

An extensive cloudband and surface trough became associated with a cold front producing moderate to locally heavy falls between southwestern Queensland and eastern Victoria. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 25 Oct 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 25 Oct 2017

ACCC identifies measures to improve regional mobile phone coverage

AUSTRALIA’S competition regulator has decided not to declare domestic mobile roaming, but has identified measures that could improve inadequate mobile phone coverage and poor quality service in regional Australia. The post ACCC identifies measures to improve regional mobile phone coverage appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central ACCC identifies measures to improve regional… Read more »

Recruitment: Five employability skills & how to demonstrate that you have them

To truly compete in today’s ag sector job market, candidates need more than a diploma or work history in the field. Employers are increasingly looking for the total package: candidates who have the education and training needed to understand the job, the experience to carry out the technical duties, and the employability skills to be… Read more »

APVMA reports performance lift

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority says it has successfully handled a record number of applications for new agricultural chemical and veterinary medicine approvals during the September quarter. The post APVMA reports performance lift appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central APVMA reports performance lift

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 18 Oct 2017

Surface troughs generated thunderstorms and showers with moderate falls in western, northern and eastern Australia. A coastal trough produced persistent, heavy rainfall in eastern Queensland and parts of northeastern New South Wales. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 18 Oct 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall… Read more »

Game on…rain brings hint of sorghum optimism!

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 post Game on…rain brings hint of sorghum… Read more »

BASF to takeover Bayer seed, non-selective herbicide businesses

German chemical group, BASF, is set to acquire significant parts of Bayer’s seed and non-selective herbicide businesses for €5.9 billion (AUD$8.85 billion). The post BASF to takeover Bayer seed, non-selective herbicide businesses appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central BASF to takeover Bayer seed, non-selective herbicide businesses

Recruitment: Four tips to earning others’ trust at work

Regardless of your title or level of authority or seniority, trusting others and having others trust you in return are the most basic elements of being looked upon as a respected professional. And working in an agricultural environment where co-workers can rely upon one another and are confident in each other’s abilities – often under… Read more »

Crop profits down despite record yields

Broadacre farm profits fell in Western Australia last year as severe frosts and low prices wiped the sheen off a bumper harvest. Source: ABC Grain Crop profits down despite record yields

GrainCorp’s BBM buys craft brewing supplier Cryer Malt

GrainCorp’s Barrett Burston Malting Co. Pty. Ltd. (BBM), has purchased Cryer Malt, the largest distributor of craft-brewing ingredients in Australia and New Zealand. The post GrainCorp’s BBM buys craft brewing supplier Cryer Malt appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp’s BBM buys craft brewing supplier Cryer Malt

Stellar career earns highest agronomic honour

Professor Tim Reeves’ remarkable agronomic career, which began with a research posting in Victoria and culminated as head of one of the world’s most prominent crop research and development organisations, has been recognised with Australia’s most prestigious agronomy award. The post Stellar career earns highest agronomic honour appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »

First harvest receival on Eyre Peninsula

Harvest is underway on the Eyre Peninsula (EP) in South Australia after Viterra received its first load into Poochera on Tuesday. The post First harvest receival on Eyre Peninsula appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central First harvest receival on Eyre Peninsula

Riverina and Agrex to merge

Riverina (Australia) and Agrex Australia announced today they are to be merged into one company. The post Riverina and Agrex to merge appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Riverina and Agrex to merge

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 11 Oct 2017

Surface troughs generated thunderstorms and showers, with moderate falls across northwest, central and eastern Australia. A low pressure system produced moderate falls in western Tasmania and southern Victoria. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 11 Oct 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day… Read more »

WA harvest kicks off on upbeat note

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. The post WA harvest kicks off on upbeat note appeared first on… Read more »

Winter crop outlook like a box of chocolates…

After a record 2016/17 season, the current winter crop production outlook from Queensland around to South Australia is more like a box of chocolates. It ranges from very good in some areas, to a write-off in others, and nobody knows exactly what they will get. The post Winter crop outlook like a box of chocolates…… Read more »

Victorian, NSW crops need rain to consolidate yield prospects

Any likelihood of Victoria producing as much wheat as NSW from the upcoming harvest now seems unlikely in the wake of its dry start to spring, which has Mallee and Wimmera crops looking for rain this week to bolster yield outlooks and offset some frost damage. The post Victorian, NSW crops need rain to consolidate… Read more »

Pre-emptive test to combat devastating chickpea disease

The addiction of Ascochyta blight to the list of diseases detected by the DNA-based soil test, PredictaB, will give chickpea growers an extra tool to assess inoculum carryover from previous chickpea crops and help them make more informed decisions on paddock selection. The post Pre-emptive test to combat devastating chickpea disease appeared first on Grain… Read more »

‘Typical’ tropical cyclone season ahead: BOM

THE Bureau of Meteorology is predicting an average number of cyclones to occur over the 2017–18 Australian tropical cyclone season, which runs from November 2017 to April 2018). The post ‘Typical’ tropical cyclone season ahead: BOM appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central ‘Typical’ tropical cyclone season ahead: BOM

New $11m ‘greenfield’ cropping research centre for Darling Downs

A world-class cropping research station is set to be established on Queensland’s Darling Downs with the announcement today of an $11 million investment into a new grains research facility on a farm on the Condamine River at Yandilla south-west of Toowoomba. The post New $11m ‘greenfield’ cropping research centre for Darling Downs appeared first on… Read more »

Exceptional September heat sets new highs in eastern Australia

A spate of searing temperatures that sapped moisture levels and crop potential across much of eastern Australia in the second half of September sent records tumbling in many areas, according to analysis by the Bureau of Meteorology. The post Exceptional September heat sets new highs in eastern Australia appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Rain boosts summer crop prospects

Handy rain over the past week in the northern farming zone from Central Queensland (CQ) to north-west NSW has come too late for many winter crops, but bolstered prospects for the coming summer crop. The post Rain boosts summer crop prospects appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rain boosts summer crop prospects

Grain farm productivity stalled by poor internet and mobile connectivity

A telecommunications survey of more than 600 grain farmers has reinforced the view in regional Australia that there’s room for a lot of improvement in connectivity and accessibility of mobile and internet services. The post Grain farm productivity stalled by poor internet and mobile connectivity appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 4 Oct 2017

Late in the week, strong troughs combined to produce very heavy rain in the Wide Bay and Burnett districts in Queensland. Cold fronts brought moderate to heavy falls along Western Australia’s South Coast; also in western Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 4 Oct 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Riverina jewel Gundaline lists, Murray/Mallee’s Roseochi sells for $8.1m

Large-scale properties on the plains of south-eastern Australia have grabbed the limelight with the listing this week of the prized 15,000-hectare holding, Gundaline Station at Carrathool, and the sale at auction last week of Roseochi, a dryland aggregation in the Murray/Mallee which has set a new per-hectare price record for large-scale cropping country. The post… Read more »

Only time will tell…

Peter McMeekin looks at what lies behind the supply-and-demand outlook for the Australian chickpea crop now being harvested. The post Only time will tell… appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Only time will tell…

Government invites submissions to wheat ports review

The Australian Government is reviewing the Wheat Port Code and wants to hear from farmers, bulk handlers, traders and other stakeholders to ensure it is providing exporters of bulk wheat fair and transparent access to port terminal services without unnecessary red tape. The post Government invites submissions to wheat ports review appeared first on Grain… Read more »

Call for national accreditation scheme for ag advisers

The Ag Institute Australia (AIA) has called for a national accreditation scheme for professionals working in the agricultural sector. The post Call for national accreditation scheme for ag advisers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Call for national accreditation scheme for ag advisers

Guerin takes helm as new AgForce CEO

Experienced agribusiness manager Mike Guerin was this morning announced as the new chief executive officer for Queensland’s peak rural industry organisation, AgForce. The post Guerin takes helm as new AgForce CEO appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Guerin takes helm as new AgForce CEO

Grain Central’s September 2017 grain news quiz

Test your Australian grain industry knowledge with Grain Central’s monthly quiz The post Grain Central’s September 2017 grain news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s September 2017 grain news quiz

Promising signs for fattening cattle using Ord grains

Farmers in the Ord Irrigation Scheme are hoping to prove the benefits of fattening cattle using locally grown grains. Source: ABC Grain Promising signs for fattening cattle using Ord grains

Recruitment: ICMJ students signal that beef is back on the radar as a career path

Beef Central publisher Jon Condon sat down with participants in the ICMJ Brisbane training session yesterday. “What a great bunch of young people,” he writes in today’s report.  “Their boisterous enthusiasm, energy and optimism for the meat and livestock industry was infectious.” The post Recruitment: ICMJ students signal that beef is back on the radar… Read more »

South Australian grain harvest underway

The South Australian harvest has kicked off with Viterra receiving its first load of new season grain yesterday. The post South Australian grain harvest underway appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central South Australian grain harvest underway

Cotton employment program to bridge gap

Cotton growers seeking operational staff to work on their farm are encouraged to connect with school leavers as part of the 2018 Cotton Gap program. The post Cotton employment program to bridge gap appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Cotton employment program to bridge gap

Crop consultants face brave new world of farm advice

The changing role of farm advisers in an era where demand is not only for cropping advice, but environmental stewardship and supply chain needs, emphasises the importance of agronomists keeping up with the times and continuing their professional development. The post Crop consultants face brave new world of farm advice appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Southern WA rain leaves inland farmers relieved but coastal crops soaked

A series of cold fronts over the southern half of Western Australia has dumped more than 100 millimetres of rain over the Great Southern and 120 to 160mm over the heavier-hit parts of the south coast since last week. Source: ABC Livestock Southern WA rain leaves inland farmers relieved but coastal crops soaked

Seasonal climate outlook Oct-Dec 2017

The chances of above average rainfall during October are looking better for large parts of Eastern Australia according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s seasonal climate outlook forecast for October to December, released this morning. The post Seasonal climate outlook Oct-Dec 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook Oct-Dec 2017

$1.1m boost for Uni of Adelaide grains research capacity

South Australia’s grains research capacity has received a major boost with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) announcing the University of Adelaide had been awarded a grant for more than $1,100,000 to establish new research facilities at the Waite precinct. The post $1.1m boost for Uni of Adelaide grains research capacity appeared first on… Read more »

Thailand's ex-PM found guilty over rice subsidy policy

A Thai court has delivered a guilty verdict to Thailand’s former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, holding her personally and criminally responsible for a failed rice subsidy policy. Source: ABC Grain Thailand’s ex-PM found guilty over rice subsidy policy

Namoi Cotton Co-op set to become listed public company

Namoi Cotton Co-operative grower members and capital stockholders have overwhelmingly approved the proposed restructure of Namoi Cotton from a cooperative to an ASX listed public company. The post Namoi Cotton Co-op set to become listed public company appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Namoi Cotton Co-op set to become listed public company

Technology and data revolution challenges the role of farm advisers

Increased competition, industry consolidation and the rising adoption of technology could spell the end to the traditional way the agronomic consulting industry goes about its business. The post Technology and data revolution challenges the role of farm advisers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Technology and data revolution challenges the role of… Read more »

Helping farmers break through the cloud barrier

A new collaboration between eight innovative Australian agribusiness companies, called The Farming Team, has been launched at Xerocon Melbourne. The post Helping farmers break through the cloud barrier appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Helping farmers break through the cloud barrier

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 27 Sep 2017

Cold fronts and associated troughs produced thunderstorms with moderate to heavy falls recorded through southern Western Australia. Vigorous cold fronts produced moderate falls over western Tasmania, with light falls through much of the State, extending into Victoria. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 27 Sep 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Diesel fuel prices start to rise, after eight months of steady decline

Diesel fuel prices across regional and rural areas of Australia started to rise during August and September, after seven months of gradual declines.   The post Diesel fuel prices start to rise, after eight months of steady decline appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Diesel fuel prices start to rise, after eight… Read more »

Agros gather to sow seeds of the future at Ballarat + conference pics

More than 300 agronomists and researchers from around the nation have gathered in Ballarat, Victoria, for the 18th Australian Agronomy Conference that takes in three days of presentations and a day of field tours. The post Agros gather to sow seeds of the future at Ballarat + conference pics appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Hold ‘em, fold ‘em, walk away or run…

Peter McMeekin follows the rollercoaster of the dry season leading to high prices. As the critical month of September passes, the stakes get higher. Something has to give, eventually. The post Hold ‘em, fold ‘em, walk away or run… appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Hold ‘em, fold ‘em, walk away or… Read more »

NSW and Vic temp records smashed under summer-like heat

Over 100 different weather recording stations reported their hottest September day or night in at least a decade over the weekend. The post NSW and Vic temp records smashed under summer-like heat appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NSW and Vic temp records smashed under summer-like heat

New seed treatment facility for Pac Seeds

Pacific Seeds officially opened a new, $700,000 seed treatment plant today at its headquarters in Toowoomba, south-east Queensland, where it produces and markets summer and winter crop seeds. The post New seed treatment facility for Pac Seeds appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central New seed treatment facility for Pac Seeds

Recruitment: Five tips to retain your top performers in 2018

As the 2017 season starts to draw to a close, many in the cattle industry will be starting to contemplate how they might do things better next year. For employers and managers, this is a suitable time to consider how best to retain your top performers from the current season. The post Recruitment: Five tips… Read more »

Inland Rail selects southern Queensland route over floodplain

The northernmost section of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail corridor will cross valuable Darling Downs agricultural land on its route announced in Toowoomba today by Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester. The post Inland Rail selects southern Queensland route over floodplain appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Inland Rail… Read more »

Australian rural R&D investment grows 26pc in 10 years

The value of Australian investment in rural Research, Development and Extension grew from $2.6 billion in 2005-06 to $3.3 billion in 2014–15 in real terms, according to a new Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) report. The post Australian rural R&D investment grows 26pc in 10 years appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Nuffield announces 2018 scholarship awardees

Twenty-four Australian primary producers and managers from a diverse range of backgrounds and with interest in a broad range of study topics, have been awarded Nuffield Farming Scholarships for 2018, showcasing the depth and breadth of Australian agriculture. The post Nuffield announces 2018 scholarship awardees appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Nuffield… Read more »

Preventing Murray-Darling water theft: independent monitoring by satellites?

Forget the random audits – why not use satellites to monitor everywhere in the Murray-Darling Basin, all the time? The post Preventing Murray-Darling water theft: independent monitoring by satellites? appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Preventing Murray-Darling water theft: independent monitoring by satellites?

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 20 Sep 2017

An upper-level trough triggered moderate rainfall over the Far North Queensland tropical coast. A vigorous westerly air stream with embedded cold fronts produced moderate rainfall in Victoria and Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 20 Sep 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14… Read more »

New CQ grain facility first step in revitalising rail freight

A new state-of-the-art grain handling facility being built near Emerald in Central Queensland will help make it safer and cheaper to transport grain, but much more needs to be done to revitalise Queensland’s agricultural rail freight network. The post New CQ grain facility first step in revitalising rail freight appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Queensland wearing its import parity cap…

Market signals delivered Brisbane and Darling Downs are telling sellers not to expect future values to outperform values in the southern markets. The post Queensland wearing its import parity cap… appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Queensland wearing its import parity cap…

Life under rising power costs

As power companies and the Federal Government try to find solutions to high power prices three people try to find their own solutions. Source: ABC Livestock Life under rising power costs

Farmers nervous about weather impact on NSW canola

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair is confident further research into canola will help protect future crops from volatile seasonal conditions. Source: ABC Grain Farmers nervous about weather impact on NSW canola

Recruitment: Assertiveness vs aggression in the workplace

FROM birth to the inevitable, we are always learning. Improving communication is a great way to assist with workplace relationships. The post Recruitment: Assertiveness vs aggression in the workplace appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Assertiveness vs aggression in the workplace

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 13 Sep 2017

A cold southwesterly flow produced moderate rainfall totals and snow in southeastern Australia. A surface trough generated thunderstorms with moderate rainfall for the Gascoyne in Western Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 13 Sep 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook,… Read more »

Heavy reliance on imported feedstuffs big cost challenge for Japanese lotfeeders

An almost total reliance on imported feedstuffs is a heavy burden on cost of production for cattle feedlot operators in Japan. That was one of the clear impressions left on the Australian Wagyu Association’s 2017 Japan Wagyu tour group, currently in Sendai. The post Heavy reliance on imported feedstuffs big cost challenge for Japanese lotfeeders… Read more »

Forecast decrease for winter crop production: ABARES

Australia’s winter crop production is expected to decrease in 2017-18 as a result of unfavourable conditions in many key cropping regions, according to the latest Australian Crop Report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). The post Forecast decrease for winter crop production: ABARES appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Jack’s back…

Frost has impacted on the yield potential of Australia’s 2017 chickpea crop, and on winter crops generally across much of eastern Australia. The post Jack’s back… appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Jack’s back…

WA grain farmers share experiences with depression ahead of bleak harvest

A mental health awareness campaign coordinated by Australia’s largest grain exporter and two mental health organisations tells personal stories of depression in rural WA. Source: ABC Grain WA grain farmers share experiences with depression ahead of bleak harvest

Inland Rail success demands dedicated freight line to Brisbane Port

Agricultural exports through the Port of Brisbane will not benefit from the construction of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Corridor until a dedicated freight line through Brisbane’s south-eastern suburbs is built. The post Inland Rail success demands dedicated freight line to Brisbane Port appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Inland Rail… Read more »

Agriculture tops most dangerous jobs list

If you are working in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry, then you are working in the country’s most dangerous industry. The post Agriculture tops most dangerous jobs list appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Agriculture tops most dangerous jobs list