Category: Grains

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 »

Australia set for smallest winter crop in a decade: Rural Bank

Australia is likely to produce a total winter crop for 2018/19 of 30 million tonnes (Mt) – give or take 2Mt – 30 per cent less than the previous season and the smallest crop in a decade, according to Rural Bank’s ‘Australian Crop Annual Review 2018’. The post Australia set for smallest winter crop in… Read more »

Australian grain producers to benefit from Trans-Pacific Partnership

Australian grain growers are set to benefit from the ratification yesterday of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) which will come into force on 30 December 2018. The post Australian grain producers to benefit from Trans-Pacific Partnership appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Australian grain producers to benefit from… Read more »

Water shortage cuts cotton potential in half as sowing gains momentum

Cotton planting is well underway in the eastern cropping belt where low water reserves and muted irrigation allocations will limit the potential crop to 2.2 million bales – fewer than half last season’s 4.6-million-bale crop. The post Water shortage cuts cotton potential in half as sowing gains momentum appeared first on Grain Central. Source:… Read more »

Container productivity throughput up, profits down: ACCC

Throughput of containers across Australia’s wharves reaches a record in 2017/18, as two decades of ACCC involvement guides all parties though waterfront reforms which in the 1990s aimed for efficiencies for goods engaged in sea trade. The post Container productivity throughput up, profits down: ACCC appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Container… Read more »

Trucks go west to cart grain amid paltry eastern prospects

Numerous transport companies in Victoria and New South Wales are sending trucks to Western Australia to help out with its harvest in light of reduced yields and area in the drought-hit eastern states. The post Trucks go west to cart grain amid paltry eastern prospects appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Trucks… Read more »

Eastern rains trigger weeds explosion

Widespread rains across the eastern farming zone over the past few weeks have set the scene for a big summer crop planting – and triggered an outbreak of weeds that farmers are now working to contain. The post Eastern rains trigger weeds explosion appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Eastern rains trigger… Read more »

Seed treatment institute opens at Wagga Wagga

Syngenta has opened a world-class laboratory at Wagga Wagga in southern New South Wales that will focus on servicing the Australian broadacre cropping market and supporting the company’s range of new technologies. The post Seed treatment institute opens at Wagga Wagga appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Seed treatment institute opens at… Read more »

Recruitment: Three tips to building positive workplace culture

Workplace culture is often seen as an issue primarily relevant to large corporate companies. However, a positive culture can be beneficial for any kind of organisation, right down to the smallest enterprise with only one or two employees. The post Recruitment: Three tips to building positive workplace culture appeared first on Grain Central. Source:… Read more »

Agricultural scientists, global food brands target allergen-free market

Major food companies and agricultural scientists are developing more food and beverages for the rising number of Australians with food allergies, tapping into a huge and growing market. Source: ABC Grain Agricultural scientists, global food brands target allergen-free market

Bright future for cropping amidst threats and challenges: Peter Roberts

WA farmer and agricultural leader, Peter Roberts, reflects on the dramatic advances in crop production and the opportunities ahead that point to a bright future for the grains industry, despite the many challenges and threats in a world of increasing public scrutiny. The post Bright future for cropping amidst threats and challenges: Peter Roberts appeared… Read more »

Cargill cottonseed plant closure punches hole in feed rations

The imminent closure of Cargill’s aged oilseed crushing plant at Narrabri in north west NSW has shut off a key source of inputs for cattle feeders and impacted the balance sheets of stakeholders, Namoi Cotton and Auscott. The post Cargill cottonseed plant closure punches hole in feed rations appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Trade slows as rain lifts pasture, sorghum outlook

Little volume has traded in the feedgrain market in the past week, with around 15 to 50 millimetres of rain across much of southern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales sparking pasture growth and securing prospects for sorghum planting in many areas, while in southern NSW pasture growth is yet to achieve its full potential…. Read more »

Dry September cuts winter crop prospects by 15pc: ABARES

Commodity forecaster, ABARES, has dramatically cut its Australian winter crop production estimate for 2018/19 to 28.22 million tonnes (Mt), down 15 per cent on the September forecast of 33.2Mt. The post Dry September cuts winter crop prospects by 15pc: ABARES appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Dry September cuts winter crop prospects… Read more »

Drought fund puts money away for a non-rainy day

The Federal Government will allocate $3.9 billion to a Future Drought Fund as part of a national drought assistance package announced at a special drought summit in Canberra today. The post Drought fund puts money away for a non-rainy day appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Drought fund puts money away for… Read more »

NFF calls for long-term view at National Drought Summit

The National Farmers Federation is asking federal and state governments to provide incentives for farmers to insure themselves in part of its call for a long-term view at tomorrow’s National Drought Summit in Canberra. The post NFF calls for long-term view at National Drought Summit appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central NFF… Read more »

‘Building Fences’ – addressing the issues of mental health in rural Australia

In this follow-up to her earlier article, “Are you bogged mate?”, which struck a chord with people all over Australia, Mary O’Brien uses a compelling analogy about “Building Fences” to again highlight the issue of mental health and depression in the bush. The post ‘Building Fences’ – addressing the issues of mental health in rural… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Nov 2018 – Jan 2019

November to January is likely to be drier than average for large parts of Australia, according to the latest three monthly seasonal climate outlook statement released by the Bureau of Meteorology this morning. The post Seasonal climate outlook Nov 2018 – Jan 2019 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook… Read more »

Farm groups push for wider farm insurance coverage for future droughts

The Prime Minister is keen to hear ways farmers can be better prepared for future droughts, and farm groups say wider insurance coverage is an important step in preparing for the worst. Source: ABC Grain Farm groups push for wider farm insurance coverage for future droughts

Russian wheat aphid moves north

Russian wheat aphid (RWA) has been confirmed in a wheat crop in the Coonabarabran region in northern New South Wales, more than 400 kilometres north of the previous detection site. The post Russian wheat aphid moves north appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Russian wheat aphid moves north

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 24 Oct 2018

Broad surface troughs across northern and eastern Australia produced moderate falls during the week, while cold fronts brought further falls to southeastern Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 24 Oct 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 24 Oct… Read more »

River City Grain wash-up sees former director plead guilty

The former director of now-defunct grain-trading operation, Sapphire (SA) Pty Ltd, Brenton Strauss, has pleaded guilty to acting as an officer of a company while it was under external administration. The post River City Grain wash-up sees former director plead guilty appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central River City Grain wash-up sees… Read more »

Wheat port code review set to extend scope to all bulk grains

The Wheat Port Code of Conduct is set to extend to cover all bulk grains, and companies not complying with the code will be subject to penalties, according to the latest review of the federal legislation released this week. The post Wheat port code review set to extend scope to all bulk grains appeared first… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Prices rise as Vic production prospects deteriorate

Deteriorating grain-production prospects in Victoria and parts of southern New South Wales have underpinned prices in the past week, while rain in the north has brightened but not consolidated prospects for new-crop sorghum. The post Feedgrain Focus: Prices rise as Vic production prospects deteriorate appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus:… Read more »

Recruitment: How to ensure performance reviews are beneficial

Many meat and livestock industry employers may bypass the formal process of performance reviews with their staff, deeming them unnecessary, time-consuming or too much work. However reviews can be highly beneficial not only for the employer but also the employee if done correctly. The post Recruitment: How to ensure performance reviews are beneficial appeared first… Read more »

Protecting lives first and foremost in harvest preparations + VIDEO

The safety of staff, family, neighbours and the local community is the overriding consideration of grain grower Ben Wundersitz as he prepares for harvest each year. The post Protecting lives first and foremost in harvest preparations + VIDEO appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Protecting lives first and foremost in harvest preparations… Read more »

Special One Grain enters voluntary administration

Special One Grain has today gone into voluntary administration, citing the drought in eastern states as one of the reasons for its deteriorating position. The post Special One Grain enters voluntary administration appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Special One Grain enters voluntary administration

GrainGrowers elects new chair and northern representatives

Victorian grain farmer, Brett Hosking, has today been elected the new chairman of Grain Growers Limited, taking the reins following the retirement of John Eastburn who held the position for nine years and has been a director since 2006. The post GrainGrowers elects new chair and northern representatives appeared first on Grain Central. Source:… Read more »

GrainCorp set to expand Scottish malting capacity

GrainCorp has today announced a $94-million expansion of its Baird Malt operations in Scotland which will take annual capacity to more than 300,000 tonnes. The post GrainCorp set to expand Scottish malting capacity appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp set to expand Scottish malting capacity

Growers scramble for sorghum seed as supplies run low

Sorghum seed supplies are under pressure across the northern farming zone as recent rains, on the back of a meagre winter crop, fire up demand for seed as farmers gear up for a big planting. The post Growers scramble for sorghum seed as supplies run low appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central … Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 17 Oct 2018

A persistent surface trough and onshore flow brought moderate falls to southeastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales, while troughs and a cold front tracked across southwest Western Australia throughout the week, producing  moderate falls in the southwest and southern coasts of the State. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 17… Read more »

Western Downs farmer elected AgForce Grains president

Brendan Taylor, a 42-year-old third generation farmer from the Western Darling Downs, has been elected AgForce Queensland’s Grains president, and will take over from Dalby producer Wayne Newton, who is stepping down after serving on the Board since 1999 and as president since 2010. The post Western Downs farmer elected AgForce Grains president appeared first… Read more »

JKI expands with purchase of Millmerran, Wondai pulse, seed plants

JK International has bought the Wondai plant previously owned by Blue Ribbon Seeds, and the Champion Seeds plant at Millmerran, as its first investment in pulse and seed processing in regional Queensland. The post JKI expands with purchase of Millmerran, Wondai pulse, seed plants appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central JKI expands… Read more »

Four reasons agriculture needs to phase out reliance on glyphosate

With the herbicide, glyphosate, looking increasingly likely to be banned or restricted, Sydney Institute of Agriculture director, Professor Alex McBratney, says it’s time for agriculture to start making plans for working without the widely used chemical. The post Four reasons agriculture needs to phase out reliance on glyphosate appeared first on Grain Central. Source:… Read more »

Weekend rains arrest slide in WA winter crop potential

Western Australia’s winter crop continues to ride the roller coaster with savage frosts and the driest September in more than 80 years cruelling the prospect of a potential record crop, but rain over the weekend clawing back some of the losses. The post Weekend rains arrest slide in WA winter crop potential appeared first on… Read more »

Rural Commodities Index rises 6.5 per cent in September: NAB

In what is the biggest monthly gain since December 2010, strong wheat and cattle prices drove a 6.5 per cent rise in the National Australia Bank (NAB) September Rural Commodities Index. The post Rural Commodities Index rises 6.5 per cent in September: NAB appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rural Commodities Index… Read more »

Eastern posts undergo 'reverse engineering' amid drought creep

Grain handlers have stepped up the amount of grain being domestically imported into eastern Australia and are considering importing product from overseas. Source: ABC Livestock Eastern posts undergo ‘reverse engineering’ amid drought creep

Kwinana zone leads new storage capabilities ahead of big WA harvest

Significant storage and handing investment will be completed in time for harvest in Western Australia’s central and southern zones as CBH prepares to handle everything the 2018 winter crop can deliver. The post Kwinana zone leads new storage capabilities ahead of big WA harvest appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Kwinana zone… Read more »

Societa Cofica buys Deacon Seeds

Melbourne-based grain exporter, Societa Cofica, has purchased long-established Queensland Darling Downs seed business, Deacon Seeds, at Dalby. The post Societa Cofica buys Deacon Seeds appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Societa Cofica buys Deacon Seeds

Recruitment: What makes an effective leader – can you tick these boxes?

Some lucky people are born to lead, with skills and values either instinctive, or instilled in them from an early age. However, for the rest of us who don’t naturally possess leadership qualities, thankfully there are methods and qualities to learn that can help anyone become a better leader. How do you measure up? The… Read more »

Rise of online platforms prompts Agfarm’s exit from broking

Sydney-based agribusiness firm, Agfarm, has ceased its grain-broking function, but will continue to operate with an eye to expanding its other operations, including grower finance and grain marketing. The post Rise of online platforms prompts Agfarm’s exit from broking appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rise of online platforms prompts Agfarm’s exit… Read more »