The hybrid canola seed shortage has plagued the industry this season has led to growers seeking some novel solutions.
National Grains Industry Reporter
Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.
The ACCC has made several strong recommendations in regards to the Port Access Code which applies to the nation's major bulk handlers.
Anything is possible, but it is more likely than not that the 2018-19 will be a below average year in terms of grain production.
There may be high prices in parts of the country, but current values are unlikely to coax farmers in southern and westenr Australia to sell.
Hay is travelling massive distances to drought ravaged Queensland and northern NSW - with the freight costs worth more than the hay itself.
WA growers hope it is a case of history repeating after another late opening break. Last year croppers got out of jail with late rain.
Ag-tech start-ups do not require a pot of government money to prosper, they just need a workable operational environment.
GrainCorp's capital expenditure spending spree of recent years is drawing to a close and the investments are starting to pay off.
Out here, the only options are to sit it out, pack a swag or risk the licence. So is it time we found a transport option for rural people and help bring back the country meeting place?
- Farmers are being warned not to sign the Australian Rail Track Corporation's land access agreement 'template'.
- The Australian Agricultural Company’s $100 million beef processing plant near Darwin is to be mothballed
- The popular wheelbarrow races returned to the Brewarrina track at this year’s Cod Cup meeting. Check out the photos.
- The enemies are at the gate of Yass Valley Shire Council, says one of its councillors who is pushing for a clear message to be sent to the NSW state government about industrial wind turbines.
- Find out how this reunion in Leeton came about.
- "What people don't see is parents crying because they don't understand why their children need teeth taken out."
- HEALTHY support was shown to the Millner family at the recent 29th annual bull sale held at their Rosedale stud, Blayney last week.
- Controlled horse riding also given approval in four national parks
- Of the 10 major issues identified by Robert Poole as affecting agricultural production across Australia, the two with the most impact are market volatility and climate volatility.
- The Ripple Effect is a rural, largely grassroots program, aimed at farming families in particular.
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