CBH is still deciding whether to push on with its annual grower study tour in September, after banning its own staff from travelling overseas or interstate.
Supply chain certainty and the sharply lower Australian dollar have placed WA grain in good stead for exports, but prices could still fall in an “extremely volatile market”.
Frost-tolerant wheat, fallow rotations, and stubble management’s impact on snail deaths will be the focus of three of six new WA research projects set to kick off this year.
Esperance grain grower Mic Fels is the new president of WAFarmers’ grains section, replacing York farmer Duncan Young at the lobby group’s annual conference today.
A plan by CBH’s board to give itself a 23 per cent pay rise seems to have backfired, triggering action to cull the number of grower directors.
Jenne Brammer and Cally Dupe
WA plant breeder InterGrain has put the final touches on a new flour mill, the first phase of plans to bring all of its quality testing in house.
A new, imidazolinone-tolerant barley variety set to one day replace Spartacus CL is being tested for malt accreditation and is expected to hit the shelves in time for seeding next year.
More than half of all West Australians believe genetically modified wheat is grown commercially in their State, and 51 per cent are convinced GM canola is not.
An 18-month project with CSIRO will provide baseline data around current greenhouse emissions, and shape a realistic plan for emission reduction.
Wayne Pluske is the 2020 recipient of the Seed of Light award.
A 45km stretch of rail used to transport grain from Piawaning to Miling will remain reopen in May, nearly a year after a train derailment forced its closure.
South Stirlings farmer Reece Curwen has taken the reins as Nuffield Australia’s WA chairman, succeeding Bencubbin farmer Nick Gillett.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack will today turn the sod on a major project to upgrade thousands of kilometres of crumbling Wheatbelt roads.
Australian grain farmers could be cashing in on a new $150 million-a year-market as soon as April after a new trade deal opened the floodgates for feed grain to be sent to Indonesia.
Explosive allegations of inappropriate behaviour have emerged against CBH chairman Wally Newman, ahead of director election results for WA’s biggest grain handler being announced.
A combination of extreme dry weather and damaging frost led to WA reaping an 11.29 million tonne harvest, the smallest since the 7 million-tonne 2012-13 harvest.”
CBH Esperance Port Zone manger Mick Daw has lauded the zone’s farmers for delivering 1.87 million tonnes of crop, despite the testing conditions.
“The safety of our employees and tour participants is always our No.1 priority.”
Incumbent Wally Newman, also the CBH chairman, will face competition from Lake Grace farmer Shane Carruthers in District 4.
“We have been following the regenerative agriculture conversations for a while now.”
In coming months, the company also plans to install a custom-built micro-malter to test new barley varieties for malt.
Meet the trio vying for selection in District 1 of the CBH board.
Countryman speaks to the incumbent Vern Dempster, of Northam, and his challenger, John O’Neil, of Mukinbudin.
“Using our own lupins as a base, it is critical for us to provide traceability to our customers.”
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