Australian crop production is forecast to fall in 2017/18 (ABARES Agricultural Commodities Report September 2017) after a record season in 2016/17, and grain prices are on the rise back toward 2015 levels. In fact, prices during September 2017 reached the highest levels since mid-2015.
Recent key developments in the Australian economy and their implications for South Australia’s grains industry will be discussed at a farm business forum in Adelaide.
Australia’s capabilities as a supplier of high-quality food, services, expertise and technologies that can increase the productivity and efficiency of food value chains were on show during an Australia–India food seminar in New Delhi.
The latest National Australia Bank (NAB) Rural Commodities Index fell 1.2 per cent in July 2017, driven by weaker livestock prices offsetting some big gains across some grains.
2016’s Pantry Blitz, a citizen science project in Western Australia, was so successful that it is once again running in WA and has been extended to include South Australians.
A unique opportunity exists for Australian grain growers to visit and learn from their US counterparts by joining a grains tour of the American Midwest.
Prominent southern New South Wales agronomist Barry Haskins has been recognised for his invaluable contribution to northern grains research, being awarded the 2017 Seed of Light Award by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).