Category: Grains

Passion for agriculture underscores high-profile agribusiness career

Peter Reading’s passion and enthusiasm for Australian agriculture, and the cropping industry in particular, continues to burn fiercely after a long career at the upper levels of Australia’s agribusiness sector. The post Passion for agriculture underscores high-profile agribusiness career appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Passion for agriculture underscores high-profile agribusiness career

Eyre Peninsula fodder fund points to depth of SA’s drought pocket

South Australia’s Lower Eyre Peninsula is responding to the need for feed on the drought-hit Upper Eyre Peninsula as crops fail and feed for sheep gets harder to find. The post Eyre Peninsula fodder fund points to depth of SA’s drought pocket appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Eyre Peninsula fodder fund… Read more »

FTAs set to deliver more benefits to Australian exporters: Coulton

New benefits are on the way for Australian exporters and investors through the continual upgrading of market access arrangements and Free Trade Agreements. The post FTAs set to deliver more benefits to Australian exporters: Coulton appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central FTAs set to deliver more benefits to Australian exporters: Coulton

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 15 August 2018

Two cold fronts generated moderate falls in southwestern and southeastern Australia, while Western Tasmania had wet and windy conditions throughout the week. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 15 August 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 15 August 2018

Grain prices drive commodities higher in July

Higher grain prices drove the National Australia Bank’s Rural Commodities Index up 1.3pc in July, with prolonged dry conditions across Eastern Australia continuing to push feed prices higher. The post Grain prices drive commodities higher in July appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Grain prices drive commodities higher in July

WA winter crop heading towards record

It’s not just the wild flowers that have sprung into life in Western Australia, the state’s winter crop is going from strength to strength, spurred on by timely growing-season rains that have set the scene for a potential record production year. The post WA winter crop heading towards record appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Scarcity of cottonseed restricts Cargill’s Narrabri crush

Headaches loom for specialist livestock feeders using cottonseed meal and hulls in their rations as cottonseed crushers, amid droughty market demand, strive to increase production. The post Scarcity of cottonseed restricts Cargill’s Narrabri crush appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Scarcity of cottonseed restricts Cargill’s Narrabri crush

Profitable Black Sea grain makes its mark on Victorian delegation

A Victorian grower delegation back from a crop tour of the Black Sea region is coming to terms with the profitability and potential of a region now going head to head with Australia. The post Profitable Black Sea grain makes its mark on Victorian delegation appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Profitable… Read more »

Case for crop insurance mounts in crippling NSW drought

Multi-peril crop insurance is being looked at in a new light, as New South Wales and Queensland growers struggle in the face of drought, and governments and the farming lobby look to support them. The post Case for crop insurance mounts in crippling NSW drought appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Case… Read more »

Grain Central’s July 2018 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 July 2018 grain and cropping news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s July 2018 grain and cropping news quiz

Recruitment: Five ways to build loyalty, not turnover

High employee turnover is costly for any agribusiness. It typically costs thousands of dollars in advertising charges, interview costs, training time and other expenses every time an employee decides to leave your business. Here’s five tools that can help with retention and reducing turnover. The post Recruitment: Five ways to build loyalty, not turnover appeared… Read more »

Who will Australia back in US/China tussle?

Australia will ultimately have to choose a side in the escalating trade and political spat between the United States and China, a move that will have big implications for Australia’s agricultural exports, according to Rabobank’s Hong Kong-based senior Asia Pacific strategist, Michael Every. The post Who will Australia back in US/China tussle? appeared first on… Read more »

New world order of biotech cotton on the horizon

A new generation of biotech insect and herbicide tolerant cotton under development by Monsanto is set to be released to the Australian cotton industry in the next decade. The post New world order of biotech cotton on the horizon appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central New world order of biotech cotton on… Read more »

Cotton aims for $2 billion lift in production value

The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) has launched a five-year strategic research and development plan from 2018 to 2023 that aims to create an additional $2 billion in gross value of production for Australia cotton. The post Cotton aims for $2 billion lift in production value appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 8 August 2018

Thunderstorms produced moderate falls in western, central and northeastern Victoria, elevated areas of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, and in northwest Tasmania, while another cold front moved north over the South West Land Division, bringing cold southwest to southerly winds in the wake of the front and further moderate falls to the South West… Read more »

Australia’s newest forage oat variety Warlock launched near Toowoomba

Livestock producers from central Queensland to central New South Wales can expect earlier grazing and higher feed yields with the launch of the new Warlock forage oat variety today. The post Australia’s newest forage oat variety Warlock launched near Toowoomba appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Australia’s newest forage oat variety Warlock… Read more »

Cotton comes to town – 2350 delegates at Gold Coast conference

The cotton industry has descended on the Gold Coast in force with a record 2350 delegates gathering at this week’s 2018 Australian Cotton Conference. The post Cotton comes to town – 2350 delegates at Gold Coast conference appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Cotton comes to town – 2350 delegates at Gold… Read more »

Crops and livestock 'polluted' by plastic' along major SA highway

Farmers are considering their legal options after rubbish associated with trucks offloading at a dump in Adelaide’s north is blamed for polluting grain and potentially causing the death of livestock. Source: ABC Livestock Crops and livestock ‘polluted’ by plastic’ along major SA highway

Bulk grain export supply chain costs draft report: South Australia

A South Australian government review has conditionally given the thumbs up to existing cost structures in the state bulk grain export supply chain. The post Bulk grain export supply chain costs draft report: South Australia appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Bulk grain export supply chain costs draft report: South Australia

Australia/Baltic shortfall sways trade flows in world wheat market

The wheat marketing year ahead is looking “a little less normal” with a challenging supply outlook, changing trade flows and the price set to rise “until the point where corn says stop”, according to Dublin-based senior commodity risk manager with INTL FCStone, Rory Deverell. The post Australia/Baltic shortfall sways trade flows in world wheat market… Read more »

PGG Wrightson sells seed and grain business to DLF Seeds

PGG Wrightson Limited has entered into an agreement to sell the PGG Wrightson Seeds business for NZ$421 million to global seeds group, DLF Seeds A/S. The post PGG Wrightson sells seed and grain business to DLF Seeds appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central PGG Wrightson sells seed and grain business to DLF… Read more »

Drought-driven market jumps during AGIC week

Markets jumped throughout last week while the Australian Grains Industry Conference was underway in Melbourne and while the production, trade and government sectors were shaping their responses to the worsening drought which is driving eastern Australian grain prices to new recent highs. The post Drought-driven market jumps during AGIC week appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

State farm organisations welcome $190m Federal drought support package

Farmers and graziers impacted by drought will receive up to an additional $12,000 in financial support, under a $190 million support package announced by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning. The post State farm organisations welcome $190m Federal drought support package appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central State farm organisations welcome 0m… Read more »

Recruitment: Four hints to help give constructive feedback to employees

Any effective agribusiness leader needs the ability to give constructive feedback and criticism to their staff. While everyone should be able to handle a certain amount of constructive feedback, the way it is delivered can be the difference between offending someone and motivating them to do a better job next time. The post Recruitment: Four… Read more »

AGIC 2018 kicks off with international flavour

Australia’s trade relationship with India is moving forward, according to Federal Minister for Trade, Steve Ciobo, in his opening address to the two-day Australian Grains Industry Conference (AGIC) 2018, which kicked off this morning in Melbourne. The post AGIC 2018 kicks off with international flavour appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central AGIC… Read more »

How can I help? The dos and don'ts of drought donation

The devastation of the drought has captured the nation’s attention, and thousands of people want to know the best way to help. Source: ABC Livestock How can I help? The dos and don’ts of drought donation

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14-day rain outlook, 1 August 2018

Rainfall deficiencies over 6 months have increased both in extent and severity for most of New South Wales, agricultural and east pastoral regions of South Australia, northern Victoria and southern coastal Western Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14-day rain outlook, 1 August 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall… Read more »

NSW offers freight subsidies as drought’s grip tightens

The NSW Goverment is offering subsidies of up to 50 per cent to cover costs incurred by farmers having to truck in fodder and water or sell off livestock in the state’s worsening drought. The post NSW offers freight subsidies as drought’s grip tightens appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central NSW offers… Read more »

Cattle tick outbreaks a greater risk due to lack of resources: AgForce

Queensland cattle producers are frustrated and worried a lack of State Government resources is leaving them more exposed to tick outbreaks, AgForce says. The post Cattle tick outbreaks a greater risk due to lack of resources: AgForce appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Cattle tick outbreaks a greater risk due to lack… Read more »

Westminster barley headlines in Coopers’ vintage ale

Malt made from Westminster barley grown on Kangaroo Island features in Coopers Brewery’s 2018 Vintage Ale, and marks the company’s first use of single-origin malt in a seasonal beer. The post Westminster barley headlines in Coopers’ vintage ale appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Westminster barley headlines in Coopers’ vintage ale

Drought through the eyes of a 16-year-old

As her family’s farm started being destroyed by what she calls “the disease”, teenager Zara King picked up a camera and drone to record it. Source: ABC Livestock Drought through the eyes of a 16-year-old

NSW Premier announces $500m drought subsidies package

A $500 million emergency drought relief package has been welcome by New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian today has been welcomed by farmers. The post NSW Premier announces $500m drought subsidies package appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW Premier announces 0m drought subsidies package

Farmers experiencing drought-related stress need targeted support

To better support farmers and their families we need to better understand the impact of drought on them and their communities. The post Farmers experiencing drought-related stress need targeted support appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Farmers experiencing drought-related stress need targeted support

The big dry: 'See us, hear us, help us'

Ninety-eight per cent of NSW and 57 per cent of Queensland is in drought or is drought-affected. Farmers and communities are facing ruin and say it’s time their plight was recognised. Source: ABC Livestock The big dry: ‘See us, hear us, help us’

Rains shore up western/southern winter crop prospects

Handy rains across Australia’s western and southern regions through the week have bolstered winter crop prospects, particularly in Western Australia and the southern parts of South Australia and Victoria. The post Rains shore up western/southern winter crop prospects appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rains shore up western/southern winter crop prospects

Rural Bank takes over Profarmer/ACF

Rural Bank has acquired Australian agri-data and information services companies Profarmer Australia (Profarmer) and Australian Crop Forecasters (ACF) from NZX Limited. The post Rural Bank takes over Profarmer/ACF appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rural Bank takes over Profarmer/ACF

Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2018

August to October is likely to be drier than average for most of mainland Australia. Chances are highest in the southeast, where there is a greater than 80pc chance of a drier season for northern Victoria and southern NSW. The post Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

AgBiz and Product News: Animal Ethics signs NZ deal, Profarmer & ACF sold

LEADING Australian animal pain relief product Tri-Solfen is expected to be launched in New Zealand by German pharmaceutical and chemical company Bayer early next year. The post AgBiz and Product News: Animal Ethics signs NZ deal, Profarmer & ACF sold appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central AgBiz and Product News: Animal Ethics… Read more »

Australian farmers say Trump's $12 billion aid package will hurt them

In the latest move in the US-China trade war, the American government has announced it will spend $12 billion dollars to help farmers cope with huge tariff increases, but Australia’s national farm lobby group says this will hurt farmers in this country. Source: ABC Grain Australian farmers say Trump’s billion aid package will hurt… Read more »

US stumps up $12 billion assistance package for farmers impacted by tariff war

The United States has initiated a US$12 billion package in emergency assistance to its farmers caught up in the escalating trade war triggered by US tariffs on China and other trading partners. The post US stumps up $12 billion assistance package for farmers impacted by tariff war appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 25 July 2018

A series of cold fronts and troughs embedded in a vigorous westerly flow brought moderate falls to the north and west of Western Australia’s South West Land Division and southern Goldfields and southeastern South Australia, parts of western Victoria and northern Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 25 July 2018 appeared… Read more »

Nominations open for 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award

Every two years, a Landcarer with a passion for improving the health of soils, vegetation and biodiversity through sustainable agricultural and land management practices is awarded the Bob Hawke Landcare Award and up to $50,000 to develop their knowledge and skills. The post Nominations open for 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award appeared first on Grain… Read more »

NAB lets customers reduce interest with FMD offset

The National Australia Bank has become the first of Australia’s big four banks to allow its customers to use money held in Farm Management Deposits to reduce the size of agricultural borrowings on which interest is payable. The post NAB lets customers reduce interest with FMD offset appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »

Heavy vehicle route upgrade complete in central west NSW

A major heavy-vehicle route linking the Newell Highway to GrainCorp’s storage at Wirrinya in central New South Wales has been completed to allow more direct access for road freight to and from the site south of Forbes. The post Heavy vehicle route upgrade complete in central west NSW appeared first on Grain Central. Source:… Read more »

Tractor rollover protection cuts tractor death rates

Controversial legislation in 1982 requiring the compulsory fitting of rollover protection structures (ROPS) on tractors has turned out to be one of the great success stories in Australian farm safety. The post Tractor rollover protection cuts tractor death rates appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Tractor rollover protection cuts tractor death rates

New panel chairs for GRDC Western, Southern regions

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has appointed Mingenew farmer, Darrin Lee, WA, and Lowloit farmer, John Bennett, Victoria, as new chairs, respectively, of the GRDC Western and Southern Region panels. The post New panel chairs for GRDC Western, Southern regions appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central New panel chairs for… Read more »

Freight Victoria launched to bridge road, rail disconnects

The Victorian Government has today announced the creation of a single agency for Victoria’s freight industry called Freight Victoria, which will operate within Transport for Victoria with the aim of boosting the state’s freight advantage. The post Freight Victoria launched to bridge road, rail disconnects appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Freight… Read more »

Urea price climbs on global demand/currency

World supply and demand factors, and changes in currency exchange rates, appear to be the main drivers behind a $60/t hike in the price of urea in recent weeks. The post Urea price climbs on global demand/currency appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Urea price climbs on global demand/currency

Mill expansion bolsters Kialla’s production capacity

The Kialla Group, which incorporates Kialla Pure Foods and Aus Organic Feeds, has celebrated its 30-year anniversary with the opening of a $7 million expansion to its grain milling facilities on Queensland’s Darling Downs. The post Mill expansion bolsters Kialla’s production capacity appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Mill expansion bolsters Kialla’s… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 18 July 2018

A weak low pressure system over Victoria produced moderate falls in southeastern South Australia and western Victoria, while a series of cold fronts tracked across the south, generating moderate falls along the South West Land Division in Western Australia, and in western and northern Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 18… Read more »

Faltering SA prompts contract washouts as WA consolidates

Uncertain production prospects for barley crops in South Australia’s central and northern growing areas have prompted a run of grower washouts and turned trade attention to Western Australia, where growers are forward selling some wheat and barley tonnage as crop outlooks consolidate. The post Faltering SA prompts contract washouts as WA consolidates appeared first on… Read more »

Ag manufacturers looking for energy policy certainty

An alliance of agricultural manufacturers, including red meat processors, sees a push towards bipartisan political support as a positive step in ensuring that energy generators and retailers, and their customers, have a level of policy certainty around the energy market in which they participate. The post Ag manufacturers looking for energy policy certainty appeared first… Read more »

Farmers see RGT Planet barley bottled

Three South Australian farming families who grew RGT Planet barley had a chance to see the results of last season’s harvest come off the production line at the Coopers Brewery in Adelaide. The post Farmers see RGT Planet barley bottled appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Farmers see RGT Planet barley bottled

Alarming stats put farming at the top of the danger list

The statistics tell a disturbing story – farms remain among the most dangerous workplaces in Australia with 68 on-farm fatalities in 2017, and another 179 non-fatal on-farm injuries. The post Alarming stats put farming at the top of the danger list appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Alarming stats put farming at… Read more »

AGIC launches app for 2018 conference

AN app has been created for iOS and android phones  to guide participants through the Australian Grains Industry Conference (AGIC) 2018 conference program and associated events taking place in Melbourne from 31 July to August 2. The post AGIC launches app for 2018 conference appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central AGIC launches… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Northern market softens, southern rates hold

THE market for feedgrain delivered to Darling Downs end-users has dropped by $5-10 per tonne in the past week, but values in southern New South Wales have held steady as frosts limit crop growth and kick along demand for supplementary feed. The post Feedgrain Focus: Northern market softens, southern rates hold appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Bakers revive ancient grains and heritage wheat for a tastier bread

In the middle of a vineyard at Langhorne Creek in South Australia is an unusual sight in a territory known for its red wine — a patch of unfamiliar mixed grains. Source: ABC Grain Bakers revive ancient grains and heritage wheat for a tastier bread

Recruitment: Eight things exceptional bosses regularly tell their staff

Whether you’re managing a large irrigated farming aggregation with 15 staff, or a smaller cropping enterprise with a crew of one or two, your employees’ success depends on your leadership. Thankfully, the solution for motivating team-members and squashing any issues is right at the tip of your tongue. The post Recruitment: Eight things exceptional bosses… Read more »

Cottonseed stocks tighten as drought demand intensifies

Drought-stretched graziers and feedlot operators across eastern Australia are putting unprecedented demand on cottonseed supplies, drawing off stocks from the current ginning program almost as quickly as it can be processed. The post Cottonseed stocks tighten as drought demand intensifies appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Cottonseed stocks tighten as drought demand… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 11 July 2018

A series of cold fronts tracked across southern Australia during the week, producing moderate falls, while a vigorous southwesterly airflow resulted in damaging winds and moderate falls in Tasmania, the Victorian Alps and Snowy Mountains in New South Wales. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 11 July 2018 appeared first on… Read more »

Cotton, lamb and wool drive up commodity prices: NAB

The National Australia Bank (NAB) Rural Commodities Index rose 1.4 per cent in June, driven largely by impressive wool, lamb and cotton prices. The post Cotton, lamb and wool drive up commodity prices: NAB appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Cotton, lamb and wool drive up commodity prices: NAB

Dalby Bio-Refinery intake/output unaffected by recent fire

A fire at United Ethanol’s Dalby Bio-Refinery on 31 May has not affected its intake of grain, or output of wet and dried distillers grain, the by-products of ethanol production which are consumed by the dairy, pork and feedlot sectors. The post Dalby Bio-Refinery intake/output unaffected by recent fire appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Strategic insurance at the heart of better farm management

Farmers need to be more strategic about their insurance needs by insuring the big risks that could have large impacts and not insuring those they can mitigate themselves, according to Achmea Australia chief operations officer, Ian Yard-Smith. The post Strategic insurance at the heart of better farm management appeared first on Grain Central. Source:… Read more »

Call for young graduates to sign up to the ‘Ag Revolution’

One of Australia’s rural heartlands is calling for an agricultural army of rural graduates to rise up and ‘Join the Ag Revolution”, forming a vibrant, skilled workforce to lead into the new age. The post Call for young graduates to sign up to the ‘Ag Revolution’ appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central … Read more »

Beef Central launches new section devoted to Ag Technology

Beef Central, Sheep Central and Grain Central are today launching a new platform to keep you up to date with the fast moving AgTech sector and innovations, developments and trends of direct relevance to Australian agriculture. The post Beef Central launches new section devoted to Ag Technology appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Construction milestone for South Australian port project

An official sod turning event on Friday at the T-Ports Lucky Bay bunker in South Australia site has marked the start of a new era in grain handling and exports on the Eyre Peninsula. The post Construction milestone for South Australian port project appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Construction milestone for… Read more »

Baker and farmer team up to make their own flour

Australia produces more than 20 million tonnes of wheat every year, but local bakers struggle to get their hands on it. It’s prompted a baker and a farmer to team up to mill their own wheat. Source: ABC Grain Baker and farmer team up to make their own flour

Hemp grain industry homes in on ‘foodie’ market

The fledgling hemp grain industry is steadily finding its feet with around 1000 hectares of the crop grown in eastern Australia this year and new investors lining up to expand the production area. The post Hemp grain industry homes in on ‘foodie’ market appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Hemp grain industry… Read more »

Grain Central’s June 2018 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 June 2018 grain and cropping news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s June 2018 grain and cropping news quiz

AGEA and GTA join forces

Grain Trade Australia (GTA) and the Australian Grain Exporters Association (AGEA) have agreed to bring the two organisations together as part of grain industry efforts to improve efficiency and effectiveness of industry representation. The post AGEA and GTA join forces appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central AGEA and GTA join forces

Elders set to lift profits despite dry conditions

Elders Limited says that despite current dry weather conditions and declining cattle prices, it remains on track to report a net profit after tax for the financial year to September 2018 in the $59-$63 million range. The post Elders set to lift profits despite dry conditions appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central … Read more »

Recruitment: How one-on-one meetings with staff can boost performance

Effective management stems from quality relationships and open communication with staff. Yet so many managers and employers avoid regular one-on-one sit-downs and meetings with their personnel, blaming factors such as not enough time, not finding them beneficial or having to discuss complaints or sensitive topics that they would prefer not to. The post Recruitment: How… Read more »

Feedgrain focus: Late dry-planting gamble delivers results

Punts by growers to dry-plant wheat, barley and forage oats on forecast rain last week appeared were rewarded with patchy falls of 20-40mm across a large footprint of southern Queensland and New South Wales cropping areas last week. The post Feedgrain focus: Late dry-planting gamble delivers results appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Victoria puts 55,000 cereal varieties to the test

Agriculture Victoria’s cereal pathology team at the Grains Innovation Park at Horsham is testing 55,000 wheat, barley, oat and triticale varieties to determine their susceptibility or resistance to 10 different foliar diseases. The post Victoria puts 55,000 cereal varieties to the test appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Victoria puts 55,000 cereal… Read more »

Viterra seeking 1500 harvest workers

South Australian grain handler, Viterra, has launched its annual recruitment drive for harvest workers with applications now open for 1500 seasonal jobs. The post Viterra seeking 1500 harvest workers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Viterra seeking 1500 harvest workers

Rain front lifts WA winter crop prospects

Widespread rain across much of the Western Australian cropping belt over the past couple of days has boosted winter crop prospects, particularly in the northern and central regions. The post Rain front lifts WA winter crop prospects appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rain front lifts WA winter crop prospects

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14-day rain outlook, July 4 2018

A SURFACE and upper level trough produced moderate falls in southern Queensland and central New South Wales, while a cold front tracked across west and southern Australia, with moderate to heavy falls recorded near the west coast of Western Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14-day rain outlook, July 4 2018 appeared first on Sheep… Read more »

Big banks should offset Farm Management Deposits: Littleproud

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has called on the big banks to help farmers manage drought and tough times by offering offset accounts for Farm Management Deposits (FMD). The post Big banks should offset Farm Management Deposits: Littleproud appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Big banks should offset Farm Management Deposits: Littleproud

The challenge of regulating agriculture’s emerging technologies: APVMA

APVMA chief scientist, Phil Reeves, discusses the regulator’s approach to two emerging technologies in agriculture – nanotechnology and biopesticides.   The post The challenge of regulating agriculture’s emerging technologies: APVMA appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central The challenge of regulating agriculture’s emerging technologies: APVMA

Record grain price continues to impact profitability in grainfed trading budget

The relentless rise in feedgrain prices this year continues to impact grainfed cattle profitability, illustrated in Beef Central’s latest monthly 100-day grainfed trading budget compiled this morning. The calculation shows a budgeted loss of $62 for a typical flatback feeder steer entering a Darling Downs feedyard today, and closing out for slaughter in October. The… Read more »

Sunrice profit rebounds to $45.1 million

Releasing its results for the year ended April 30, 2018, SunRice reports a consolidated revenue of $1.2 billion for the Group, a six per cent increase on the previous year (FY17) and Net profit After Tax (NPAT) of $45.1 million, a 32pc increase on the previous year. The post Sunrice profit rebounds to $45.1 million… Read more »

One-stop rural loans body opens for business

Farmers will now be able to apply for low interest loans directly with a single national body with the launch today of the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC). The post One-stop rural loans body opens for business appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central One-stop rural loans body opens for business

Patchy rains bring mixed fortunes to eastern croppers

A rain front that passed over the parched eastern Australia cropping belt in the past few days brought solid falls to parts of Queensland and the western farming regions of New South Wales, but largely missed the desperately dry northern NSW slopes and Hunter Valley. The post Patchy rains bring mixed fortunes to eastern croppers… Read more »

Recruitment: Three tips on how to manage a team more effectively

A good leader will not only steer (no pun intended) a red meat supply chain business in the right direction, but also motivate and inspire their team at the same time. Here are some tips on effective management for any business in the red meat industry. The post Recruitment: Three tips on how to manage… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Jul-Sep 2018

July to September is likely to be drier than average in northern and eastern mainland Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest three monthly seasonal climate outlook statement released today. The post Seasonal climate outlook Jul-Sep 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook Jul-Sep 2018

Kangaroo’s odds against dragon, eagle, bear in AGIC 2018 spotlight

Australia’s options to assert itself in the global marketplace among policy and trade heavyweights China, the United States and Russia will be under examination at the 2018 Australian Grains Industry Conference (AGIC) on 1st and 2nd August 2018. The post Kangaroo’s odds against dragon, eagle, bear in AGIC 2018 spotlight appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Southern NSW cotton nudges record 800,000 bales as picking wraps up

Cotton production in the Murrumbidgee and Murray valleys of southern New South Wales has hit a record 800,000 bales, with 53 new growers joining the region’s existing cohort of 110 to grow a record area of 72,000 hectares. The post Southern NSW cotton nudges record 800,000 bales as picking wraps up appeared first on Grain… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 27 June 2018

Cold fronts generated light falls along the southern coast of Australia and moderate falls in western Tasmania. A trough produced showers and moderate falls from the central to southeastern coast of New South Wales. The highest weekly total was 105 mm at Careys Peak (Barrington Tops) in New South Wales. The post Weekly rainfall wrap… Read more »

Sources say COFCO set to close Toowoomba office

Unconfirmed reports say COFCO International is preparing to close its Toowoomba trading office at the end of this week. The post Sources say COFCO set to close Toowoomba office appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Sources say COFCO set to close Toowoomba office

Vintage tractor auction sets market benchmark + PICS

The complete dispersal of a unique collection of vintage tractors at Toowoomba in southern Queensland on the weekend drew a crowd of around 3000 and put a benchmark in the Australian vintage machinery market. The post Vintage tractor auction sets market benchmark + PICS appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Vintage tractor… Read more »

Energy deal to deliver gas 3300km to Incitec fertiliser plant

Fertiliser manufacturer, Incitec Pivot (IPL), has struck a deal with energy company, APA Group, for the delivery of gas from the Northern Territory through 3300 kilometres of pipelines to IPL’s fertiliser plant on Gibson Island near Brisbane, Queensland. The post Energy deal to deliver gas 3300km to Incitec fertiliser plant appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Options narrow for drought-hit eastern croppers

Thousands of hectares of the eastern Australia cropping belt lie fallow as drought takes hold and the winter sowing window begins to close. Only a fraction of this season’s intended plantings are in the ground, with much of that deep sown. The post Options narrow for drought-hit eastern croppers appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

CBH sets sights on lowest-cost supply chain

CBH Group announced today it would cut storage and handling fees by $4/tonne effective from the commencement of the 2018-19 harvest. The post CBH sets sights on lowest-cost supply chain appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central CBH sets sights on lowest-cost supply chain

Recruitment: Value in boosting employees’ team spirit

GREAT workplace environments in the sheep and wool industry don’t just happen – they are a result of hard work from leaders, and buy-in from staff. The post Recruitment: Value in boosting employees’ team spirit appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Value in boosting employees’ team spirit