Trio push for Paddock Planner delay
CBH has been urged to postpone the roll-out of its Paddock Planner system, but the grain handler is standing strong, saying more than half of the total area planted to crop in WA has already been entered into the system.
CBH has come under fire in recent weeks for its bid to access in-depth paddock-specific data, and its plan to provide a 50¢ discount on receival fees to growers who provide the information by August 1.
Three WA farm groups presented a united front at the CBH offices in Perth this week, when they formally asked CBH to postpone the Paddock Planner roll-out until next year and “consult more widely and in more detail with growers”, before continuing.
WAFarmers grains council president Duncan Young, Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA grains committee chairman Gary McGill and WA Grains Group chairman Doug Smith met with CBH chief executive Jimmy Wilson and CBH board chairman Wally Newman on Monday afternoon.
The trio told Countryman the Paddock Planner proposal did “not pass the pub test” with farmers, and in a written statement, listed six main points of concern.
Read the full story, including CBH’s response, in tomorrow’s Countryman.
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