Category: Grains

Heritage Seeds to change name to Barenbrug

One of Australia’s largest seed companies is changing names, with Heritage Seeds to be known as Barenbrug from October 28, 2019. Source: Grain Central Heritage Seeds to change name to Barenbrug

Webster to delist if Canada’s PSP buy-out proceeds

Canada’s PSP Investments has entered into an agreement with NSW irrigator and cotton and nut producer, Webster Limited, to extend its ownership of ordinary shares from 19.1 per cent at present to 100pc. Source: Grain Central Webster to delist if Canada’s PSP buy-out proceeds

Plant burger launches Australia’s v2food with export in sights

v2food’s plant-based meat has launched in Australia this week as the centrepiece of Hungry Jack’s new Rebel Whopper burgers, and if its rapid take-off is anything to go by, it could soon be landing in Australia’s Asian beef markets. Source: Grain Central Plant burger launches Australia’s v2food with export in sights

First new crop grain delivered to Viterra network

Hot weather has brought on the South Australian harvest which is now underway in the upper Yorke Peninsula with the first load delivered yesterday into Port Pirie. Source: Grain Central First new crop grain delivered to Viterra network

Tariff agreement boosts US wheat access to Japan

US wheat imported into Japan will receive the same preferential advantage that is now given to Canadian and Australian wheat following the signing of a tariff agreement between the US and Japan. Source: Grain Central Tariff agreement boosts US wheat access to Japan

Feedgrain Focus: Prices up in thin market

Feedgrain prices were up this week as consumer and supplier haggle over the cheapest new-crop prices for earliest possible delivery. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices up in thin market

Biochar sheep, beef and crop options to feature in farm tour

BIOCHAR’S benefits in sheep, cattle and cropping systems will be the focus of a three-day study tour across south-east South Australia and south-west Victoria this month, as part of the 2019 Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference. Source: Sheep Central Biochar sheep, beef and crop options to feature in farm tour

Organic straws add value to rye as plastic ban nears

A University of Adelaide-supported startup has developed drinking straws made from organic rye which are set for commercial release next year. Source: Grain Central Organic straws add value to rye as plastic ban nears

Pacific Seeds completes $2.4 million custom seed processing line

Pacific Seeds has completed the installation of a state-of-the-art $2.4 million seed processing plant at the company’s site at Toowoomba in southern Queensland. Source: Grain Central Pacific Seeds completes .4 million custom seed processing line

SunRice sheds more jobs after second lowest crop on record

One of Australia’s largest food exporters, SunRice, cuts more than 30 regional staff after producing its second-lowest rice crop. Source: ABC Grain SunRice sheds more jobs after second lowest crop on record

New perennial legume destined for poor soils

A NEW perennial legume with the potential to revolutionise grazing in sandy infertile pastoral areas will be available to Australian and South African farmers next year. Source: Sheep Central New perennial legume destined for poor soils

Feedgrain Focus: Values retreat from highs in heated north

Prompt northern feedgrain values have retreated a little as the market transitions to imminent, paltry NSW new-crop supply, while in southern markets timely rain in some areas trimmed prices a few dollars. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Values retreat from highs in heated north

CBH Group delivers $16 million operations rebate

Western Australia’s CBH Group is giving its growers a rebate of $1 per tonne on its 2018-19 deliveries, but is forecasting a zero rebate for 2019-20. Source: Grain Central CBH Group delivers million operations rebate

Cotton makes a comeback in Australia’s north

Advances in genetically-modified plant technology and a better understanding of how to grow the crop in a tropical environment have reignited efforts to develop a cotton industry in northern Australia. Source: Grain Central Cotton makes a comeback in Australia’s north

Hungry livestock, failed crops drive sell-out demand for hay balers

Farmers and contractors rush to spend up to $350,000 for hay-baling equipment to make the most of grain crops and strong demand for fodder as the drought rolls on. Source: ABC Livestock Hungry livestock, failed crops drive sell-out demand for hay balers

Retaining staff in tough times: a grower’s perspective

NSW grain and cotton grower Gus O’Brien has a straightforward philosophy when it comes to successful staff retention: ‘pay well, provide reasonable accommodation and give them some rein’. Source: Grain Central Retaining staff in tough times: a grower’s perspective

Declining winter crop forecasts reflect drop in commodities index: NAB

Ongoing challenging conditions mean eastern Australia will likely face another season of grain imports from WA and overseas, with new season crop prices reflective of this reality, according to the latest NAB outlook. Source: Grain Central Declining winter crop forecasts reflect drop in commodities index: NAB

Feedgrain Focus: Prompt northern market lifts on short covering

With vanishing prospects of northern crops finishing for grain, the surge in hay and silage cutting has lit a fire under spot markets for southern Queensland delivered wheat and barley. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prompt northern market lifts on short covering

Recruitment: Four behaviours that define effective leadership

GLOBAL management advisory company, McKinsey & Co set out to discover what the top behaviours are that successful leaders consistently demonstrate. The survey found that just four kinds of behaviour accounted for 89 percent of leadership effectiveness. What are they? Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Four behaviours that define effective leadership

Processors facing water supply issues as drought deepens

SEVERAL regional meat processing operations could soon be facing water supply challenges if there is no reprieve to the severe drought conditions gripping eastern and northern Australia. Source: Sheep Central Processors facing water supply issues as drought deepens

Nuffield Scholarships for 2020 announced

Twenty-two of Australia’s leading primary producers focused on a more innovative, resilient and sustainable agricultural sector have been awarded Nuffield Farming Scholarships for 2020. Source: Grain Central Nuffield Scholarships for 2020 announced

WA harvest estimates drop below average

Continuing warm dry conditions in the northern half of WA’s cropping zone and recent frost events in the southern half make it unlikely WA winter crop production will exceed 12.5 million tonnes this year. Source: Grain Central WA harvest estimates drop below average

Drought, feedgrain demand factor into mixed commodity outlook: ABARES

The world wheat price is forecast to average 6 per cent lower in 2019–20 at US$218 per tonne while world wheat production is forecast to reach a record 766 million tonnes, according to ABARES Agricultural Commodities report released today. Source: Grain Central Drought, feedgrain demand factor into mixed commodity outlook: ABARES

Recruitment: What type of employee are you?

Poor performance at work can impact your career progression and may lead to unhappiness in the workplace and lower remuneration. What are employers looking for in an employee? Source: Grain Central Recruitment: What type of employee are you?

Two weeks of extreme weather could wipe $750m off WA grain harvest

Brutal heat and bitter cold have cost farmers in WA more than 1.5m tonnes in crops over the course of a fortnight, according to a grain industry report. Source: ABC Grain Two weeks of extreme weather could wipe 0m off WA grain harvest

Crippling drought stretches into even the greenest parts of Australia

Farmers along Australia’s normally green east coast are reeling from the worst drought they have ever seen and face a tough summer if it doesn’t rain in the next few months. Source: ABC Livestock Crippling drought stretches into even the greenest parts of Australia

Farm invasion bill passes Federal Parliament

New laws that will strengthen farmer protections against escalating animal rights activism and harassment have passed the Federal Parliament, introducing tougher penalties for convictions. Source: Sheep Central Farm invasion bill passes Federal Parliament

Feedgrain Focus: Shrinking supply lifts southern prices

Traders say it’s becoming a drought market again as frost, wind and heat are taking their toll on yield prospects and turning failed crops to fodder. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Shrinking supply lifts southern prices

Elders given all clear to acquire AIRR rural wholesaler

The ACCC will not oppose the proposed acquisition of rural wholesale buying group Australian Independent Rural Retailers (AIRR) by Elders. Source: Beef Central Elders given all clear to acquire AIRR rural wholesaler

Drought support kicks in as NSW dry tightens grip

A special, drought support bus is touring the hard-hit regions of NSW, bringing front-line drought assistance and information to farming communities. Source: Grain Central Drought support kicks in as NSW dry tightens grip

Ag prognosis improves slightly, volatility remains: NAB

Agribusiness conditions across the country improved slightly in August 2019, on the back of a solid, late break in southern Australia, according to the NAB’s third Agribusiness Banker Survey. Source: Grain Central Ag prognosis improves slightly, volatility remains: NAB

Poor harvest forecast for Australian grain growers

Australian grain growers will produce one of their smallest crops of the decade this year. Source: ABC Grain Poor harvest forecast for Australian grain growers

Farmer confidence split along drought lines: Rabobank

Farmer confidence is divided across the nation, with those in the west and south increasingly upbeat, while sentiment has waned in the drought-affected eastern states, according to the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey. Source: Grain Central Farmer confidence split along drought lines: Rabobank

National crop outlook varies as eastern dry grinds on: ABARES

Prospects for Australian winter crop production in 2019–20 deteriorated over winter because of unfavourable growing conditions in some regions, according to ABARES’ latest crop report. Source: Grain Central National crop outlook varies as eastern dry grinds on: ABARES

Feedgrain Focus: Prices firm as thin crops turn to hay

A tough start to spring is cribbing tonnage from the eastern Australian cereal crop as hay-cutting advances on struggling crops, and supports prices for cereals in nearby and new-crop slots. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices firm as thin crops turn to hay

Farmers condemn 60 Minutes’ portrayal of glyphosate

Farmer groups have expressed concern over the misrepresentation of glyphosate on last night’s episode of 60 minutes on Channel 9 television. Source: Grain Central Farmers condemn 60 Minutes’ portrayal of glyphosate

From animal feed to a schooner: Drought-tolerant beer grain

Australian scientists develop a drought-tolerant beer grain they hope will be a saving grace for some Australian farmers. Source: ABC Grain From animal feed to a schooner: Drought-tolerant beer grain

Grain, graze or fodder? Crunch time for eastern winter croppers

Decision time is fast approaching for farmers in the drought-hit farming areas of eastern Australia where the fate of this year’s winter crop hangs in the balance. Source: Grain Central Grain, graze or fodder? Crunch time for eastern winter croppers

Growers look to be hardest hit by GrainWorks insolvency

Growers rather than traders appear to be shouldering the burden of the latest insolvency in the grain industry, which has come with the demise of GrainWorks Australia. Source: Grain Central Growers look to be hardest hit by GrainWorks insolvency

Model puts AMPS at forefront of production research

It’s not just the members of AMPS who are reaping the benefits of up to 20 years of production data through a business model which allows investment in ongoing research. Source: Grain Central Model puts AMPS at forefront of production research

Plant-based meat opens opportunities for crop growers

Australia’s plant-based meat sector is on the cusp of massive expansion, creating a potentially lucrative opportunity for Australian farmers to grow crops for the plant-based meat supply chain. Source: Grain Central Plant-based meat opens opportunities for crop growers

Plant-based meat could boost economy by up to $3 billion by 2030, modelling suggests

Australia’s plant-based meat sector is on the cusp of massive expansion, potentially contributing up to $3 billion to the nation’s economy by 2030, according to a new economic modelling report released this week by a plant-based and cell-based protein lobby group. Source: Beef Central Plant-based meat could boost economy by up to billion by… Read more »

Donald medallist calls for urgent action on acidification, phosphorus

Distinguished research scientist, John Angus, believes deepening subsurface acidification and low brigalow phosphorus are two of the most pressing issues in Australian farming that urgently need addressing. Source: Grain Central Donald medallist calls for urgent action on acidification, phosphorus

Feedgrain Focus: Trade slows as crunch nears for borderline crops

Values for WA wheat ex Brisbane have eased for current-crop and fallen considerably in new-crop slots, while in NSW time is running out for crops with limited yield prospects. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Trade slows as crunch nears for borderline crops

CBH Group provides shareholder loan to Interflour

CBH Group has provided a US$30 million shareholder loan to Interflour to support the Asian flour milling and malting business’ turnaround plan, and balance current debt and equity levels. Source: Grain Central CBH Group provides shareholder loan to Interflour

Tributes flow at Agronomy Society awards

Eminent research scientist, John Angus, and emerging South Australian researcher, Kenton Porker, were among the award recipients at this week’s Australian Agronomy Conference. Source: Grain Central Tributes flow at Agronomy Society awards

This silo is special, even though it has no mural

While many grain silos around Australia are getting large-scale mural makeovers, one century-old structure is still operational, little-known and unadorned. Source: ABC Grain This silo is special, even though it has no mural

CBH lends $43m to struggling Asian flour miller

One of Asia’s largest flour millers, Interflour, will receive millions from Australia’s CBH Group after the joint venture failed to meet performance expectations. Source: ABC Grain CBH lends m to struggling Asian flour miller

Australian Agronomy Conference celebrates farming advances + PICS

The Australian Agronomy Conference has drawn more than 300 agronomists, advisers and researchers to Wagga Wagga to explore the latest research under the theme, ‘Cells to Satellites’. Source: Grain Central Australian Agronomy Conference celebrates farming advances + PICS

Drought, pricing cut Sunrice profit 27pc

The SunRice Group has reported consolidated revenue of $1.2 billion for the year ending April 30, 2019, which is up 1.3 per cent on the prior year, and a Net Profit After Tax of $32.8 million, down 27 per cent on the previous year. Source: Grain Central Drought, pricing cut Sunrice profit 27pc

Feedgrain Focus: Barley shapes up in fuzzy new-crop picture

Strong winds, warm days, some frosts and no rain have battered the yield potential of crops, but January delivered WA boat barley is buying demand in feedlot rations in southern Queensland. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Barley shapes up in fuzzy new-crop picture

GM crops: to ban or not to ban? That’s not the question

With SA and Tasmania recently in the news over their GM policies, debate over GM crops continues. Many people’s opinions relate to their views on what constitutes acceptable risk, and whether they see GM foods as substantially equivalent to non-GM foods. Source: Grain Central GM crops: to ban or not to ban? That’s not… Read more »

Tasmania’s GM ban stands as SA move largely welcomed

South Australia’s move to lift its moratorium on GM crops has been largely welcomed by industry groups, and leaves Tasmania as the only Australian state with a GM ban still in place. Source: Grain Central Tasmania’s GM ban stands as SA move largely welcomed

New projects tap the pulse of northern Australia

A new funding agreement has been announced to support the development of a northern Australian broadacre cropping industry. Source: Grain Central New projects tap the pulse of northern Australia

Fickle season confounds national crop estimates

A strong, late break in Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia has led to good winter crop condition reports, with the latest ABARES crop outlook predicting a slightly improved wheat volume of 21.2 million tonnes (Mt). Source: Beef Central Fickle season confounds national crop estimates

SA lifts GM moratorium

The South Australian Government has today announced farmers on mainland SA will be given the choice to plant GM food crops next season. Source: Grain Central SA lifts GM moratorium

Perdaman eyes NSW fertiliser market with Narrabri plant

Perdaman plans to build a fertiliser plant in north-west NSW using power from Santos’ proposed Narrabri Gas Project. Source: Grain Central Perdaman eyes NSW fertiliser market with Narrabri plant

Fickle season confounds national crop estimates: NAB

Spring rain’s a must, despite good early conditions for winter crops in Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia the dry outlook is concerning says NAB. Source: Grain Central Fickle season confounds national crop estimates: NAB

WA season hangs in the balance

The winter crop growing season in Western Australia hangs in the balance for the majority of the grainbelt. Source: Grain Central WA season hangs in the balance

Feedgrain Focus: Inverse stymies sales, prices ease on US tumble

Some growers in NSW are weighing up their options for grain, grazing or hay, while cereals trade flat to lower in the feed market to reflect Monday’s drop in US futures. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Inverse stymies sales, prices ease on US tumble

Can we feed the world without wrecking the planet?

Can agriculture meet the food demands of the world into the future and do it in a sustainable way? Source: Grain Central Can we feed the world without wrecking the planet?

Dry winter keeps mouse numbers in check

Mouse numbers remain low in all areas across Australia, and will continue to decline through winter until spring when breeding starts. Source: Grain Central Dry winter keeps mouse numbers in check

Recruitment: Technology adoption in agriculture creates changing trends in jobs market

Agriculture is now undergoing its third major revolution from mechanical and scientific revolutions into the digital agriculture age, leading to an explosive demand for candidates possessing technology skills to fill the job market. Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Technology adoption in agriculture creates changing trends in jobs market

BASF to enter Australian wheat seed market

BASF plans to launch its first new wheat seed varieties onto the Australian market in 2021, working with Seednet as its commercial partner. Source: Grain Central BASF to enter Australian wheat seed market

Feedgrain Focus: Grower sales ramp up on southern rain

Rain this week in most South Australian and Victorian growing regions, and pockets of southern NSW, have prompted some forward selling of new-crop wheat and barley as yield prospects consolidate. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Grower sales ramp up on southern rain

Fuel reserves run low as peak farming season approaches

The perilous state of Australia’s fuel reserves could threaten supplies to the cropping sector as farmers head into the busy haymaking and grain harvest seasons. Source: Beef Central Fuel reserves run low as peak farming season approaches

Tasmania extends ban on GMOs

The Tasmanian Government has extended its ban on the introduction of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) into the island state until 2029. Source: Grain Central Tasmania extends ban on GMOs

Fuel reserves run low as peak farming season approaches

The perilous state of Australia’s fuel reserves could threaten supplies to the cropping sector as farmers head into the busy haymaking and grain harvest seasons. Source: Grain Central Fuel reserves run low as peak farming season approaches

Farrer Medal winner Tim Reeves calls for greater sustainability

Farrer Medal winner Tim Reeves has championed the researcher-farmer relationship to bring about constructive practices, and called out some widespread farming practices as unsustainable. ..Read More Source: Grain Central Farrer Medal winner Tim Reeves calls for greater sustainability

Welcome to Grain Central’s new agtech platform

With the launch of a new standalone AgTech Central website today, the Ag Central team is endeavouring to help farmers and other industry stakeholders to find the information they need to help drive the uptake of important new efficiency-driving innovations…Read More Source: Grain Central Welcome to Grain Central’s new agtech platform

Battle of the bull elephants threatens to trample Australian grain

As China and the United States battle it out in their ongoing trade war like a pair of bull elephants, Australia and its international grain trading arrangements risk being trampled in the melee…Read More Source: Grain Central Battle of the bull elephants threatens to trample Australian grain

Delta Ag acquires major Victorian ag services business

Delta Agribusiness has completed the acquisition of the independent rural services business North West Ag Services and AGRIvision consultants (NWA-AVC) that operates in the Wimmera and Mallee regions of Victoria…Read More Source: Grain Central Delta Ag acquires major Victorian ag services business

AGIC brings together 500 delegates to navigate the future + PICS

The Australian Grains Industry Conference kicked off in Melbourne today as the national forum for those in the supply chain to gather with international visitors and analysts to talk about what lies ahead…Read More Source: Grain Central AGIC brings together 500 delegates to navigate the future + PICS

Reputation, resilience feature in NFF’s drought-hit picture: AGIC

The NFF has launched the ‘Telling Our Story’ initiative to build a better connect between rural Australia and urban communities and encourage a multi-tiered approach from government to help farmers build resilience and a bright future for agriculture…Read More Source: Grain Central Reputation, resilience feature in NFF’s drought-hit picture: AGIC

GrainPro trades on under voluntary administration

Wagga Wagga-based grain-trading company GrainPro is continuing to trade now that it has entered voluntary external administration…Read More Source: Grain Central GrainPro trades on under voluntary administration

Feedgrain Focus: Trade tightens as eastern crop prospects split

The illusion of green crops could fade quickly as worsening conditions creep southward, growers nervous about committing further grain sales and export buyers adding impetus to the rise in new crop prices…Read More Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Trade tightens as eastern crop prospects split

ANZ Terminals’ planned buy of GrainCorp arm sparks ACCC concerns

ANZ Terminals divestment of its Osborne storage in South Australia has not allayed Australia’s consumer watchdog’s concerns about a reduction in competition resulting from the company’s proposed buy of GrainCorp’s oil storage arm. ..Read More Source: Grain Central ANZ Terminals’ planned buy of GrainCorp arm sparks ACCC concerns

One Tasmanian feed plant opens, another on its way

Ridley has officially opened its extrusion plant at Westbury, and Tasmanian Stockfeed Services has announced plans to build a new feedmill at its Devonport site…Read More Source: Grain Central One Tasmanian feed plant opens, another on its way

Cotton’s high achievers recognised at awards + PICS

The excellence and achievements of the Australian cotton industry over the past year were recognised at the 2019 Australian Cotton Industry Awards last night…Read More Source: Grain Central Cotton’s high achievers recognised at awards + PICS

Future Drought Fund passes Parliament

The National Farmers’ Federation has heralded the passing of the Future Drought Fund in the House of Representatives overnight, which it says ushers in a new era in drought preparedness support for farmers…Read More Source: Beef Central Future Drought Fund passes Parliament

Rural property market set to come off the boil, says Rabo

The heat is set to come out of Australia’s ‘on-fire’ agricultural land market – with increased property availability and decreasing farm operating profits forecast to slow price growth in the coming 18 months, lender Rabobank says…Read More Source: Beef Central Rural property market set to come off the boil, says Rabo