Sustained dry weather conditions have significantly cut Australian winter crop production, with the upcoming grain harvest now expected to come in 41 per cent below 2016/17, and well below the five-year average, according to Rabobank’s latest crop forecast.
Well-known local face Rob McCarron is celebrating 35 years of service with Pacific Seeds, after starting work with the organisation in October 1982.
Higher wheat prices and improved dairy auction results were offset by poorer livestock prices and weakness in sugar and cotton to leave the NAB Rural Commodities Index unchanged in June 2017.
No tractor electronics at planting time and half a paddock of lodged wheat did not stop the Thompson family at Kyabram from ending 2016 with a bin-busting crop.
Australian canola growers will be able to claim $100 cashback on every bag of selected Hyola new technology hybrids they purchase in the coming season.
The higher rainfall across many grain growing regions in 2016 is providing farmers with more opportunities for summer cropping. Weeds also stand to gain from the additional soil moisture putting additional pressure on summer fallow spraying programs.
Record breaking floods in 2010 and 2012 on Adam McVeigh’s irrigated farm in the South Burnett, QLD, provided the cotton and grain grower with a lasting impression of the need to minimise the devastating financial impact of crop loss and farm damage from natural disaster.