Crops are hitting paddocks at Mid West farms as swathing kicks off, with WA growers poised to start an early harvest within weeks.
Farmers who have campaigned for 14 years for grain to be moved by rail say they are encouraged by the State’s announcement, and welcome the prospect of safer regional roads.
A new pilot project investigating the feasibility of using diquat for crop-topping barley has been launched in WA to potentially reduce growers’ reliance on glyphosate for weed seed control.
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York farmer Rhys Turton has beaten former CBH chair Wally Newman and Grains Research Development Corporation contractor Julianne Hill for a seat on the GrainGrowers board.
Prices have regained ground since China slapped hefty tariffs on Australian barley in May, and are now trading above their long-term average.
The State Government is preparing a business case to secure nearly $500 million to potentially reopen three of WA’s mothballed Tier 3 grain train lines.
A plan to deliver better connectivity in WA’s grainbelt by laying 4700kms of fibre optic cable in the State’s railway easements, is moving to the capital raising stage.
WA grain king John Nicoletti is already churning his newly acquired farm property portfolio by listing his 1000ha Gingin farm for sale and eyeing others in the central and eastern Wheatbelt.
Around the State, 500 driver jobs are going begging, with hundreds parked up and no one to drive them.
As part of the $301 million nationwide Drought Communities Programme initiative, 25 WA local governments were awarded $1million and a further 10 received $500,000.
Growing up on a hobby farm in Gidgegannup, Darren Best grew up with a love for life on the land.
CBH is putting the finishing touches on major upgrades to three of its key receival sites, with plans to unveil the projects to growers next week.
WA farmers need to “look very seriously” at the cost benefit of crop-topping lupins with paraquat compared with the potential market access risk the practice poses.
A decline in the number of sheep in WA and a change in the composition of the flock has slashed at least 400,000 tonnes of local demand for lupins during the past 20 years.
WA’s $295 million pulse industry has set its sights on cracking into the elusive lupin as human food markets in India, China and Japan.
A dual breeding strategy to create lupins fit for both human consumption and stock feed is needed to double WA lupin production to at least 800,0000 tonnes in the next seven years.
An unusually early start to hay cutting has kicked off in the Wheatbelt, but it will be at least three weeks before mowers start to whirr in the South West.
A Rabobank report found WA was the weakest performing of all States for median farmland value growth.
With the weather warming up and crops at peak water use, more rain is urgently needed to avoid this year’s harvest crashing more than one million tonnes.
Reputational rather than financial damage will be the biggest implication of China’s decision to ban barley imports from CBH’s marketing and trading arm, according to a CBH heavyweight.
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The wettest May and June in a decade provided the perfect amount of moisture for crops at Garrick and Nicole Connelly’s Corrigin farm, with canola now blooming and some barley starting to fill.
The annual Planfarm Benchmarks survey reveals 2019 was the toughest financially in a decade for the State’s farmers but could have been worse had grain and sheep prices not been so strong.
With 7000 workers needed for agricultural work in coming months, the State Government has announced a scheme to entice seasonal agricultural workers into regional WA.
WA’s harvest will start next month, and despite low rainfall ABARES is forecasting 15.7 million tonnes.
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