Life on the harvest trail

HIS header driving career started 12 years ago, yet long-distance harvesting contractor Peter Stephens is just 22 years old.
HIS header driving career started 12 years ago, yet long-distance harvesting contractor Peter Stephens is just 22 years old.
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AFTER a difficult 18 months dealing with pricing wars and trade deals, Australian dairy farmers will welcome a report on income increases. AFTER a difficult 18 months dealing with pricing wars and trade deals, Australian dairy farmers will welcome a report on income increases.
THE launch of a new macadamia milk product is an indicator of the nut’s diverse potential and golden future. THE launch of a new macadamia milk product is an indicator of the nut’s diverse potential and golden future.
WITH the supply of rural properties on the market still outstripping demand, prices are likely to have stabilised, rather than risen. WITH the supply of rural properties on the market still outstripping demand, prices are likely to have stabilised, rather than risen.
ANGER among National Party MPs at banks' treatment of drought-stricken farmers is creating dangerous divisions in Cabinet. ANGER among National Party MPs at banks' treatment of drought-stricken farmers is creating dangerous divisions in Cabinet.
AT the peak of harvest in WA, farm gates have been thrown open to a group of Japanese visitors with a long-standing relationship with CBH.
The ZEN-NOH delegation were hosted on farms near York and at CBH's Kwinana terminal, giving the foreign delegation an insight into grain production processes in Australia.
The relationship between CBH and ZEN-NOH spans 40 years and the co-
21 Dec 14 AT the peak of harvest in WA, farm gates have been thrown open to a group of Japanese visitors with a long-standing relationship with CBH. The ZEN-NOH delegation were hosted on farms...
FINDING staff for harvest can sometimes be a struggle, but one Wubin farmer has found a solution, employing his son and friends from one of WA's agricultural colleges.
20 Dec 14 FINDING staff for harvest can sometimes be a struggle, but one Wubin farmer has found a solution, employing his son and friends from one of WA's agricultural colleges.
FOR the beer enthusiast, the story beyond how cold the beer is can be a bit of a mystery.
But one local brewing company is connecting the consumer to the farmer in a new campaign.
Gage Roads Brewing Co is telling the story from paddock to bottle, starting with a community barley crop at Tammin.
The brewery, which is the largest consumer of domestic malting barley in WA, used
20 Dec 14 FOR the beer enthusiast, the story beyond how cold the beer is can be a bit of a mystery. But one local brewing company is connecting the consumer to the farmer in a new campaign. Gage...
THE outlook for pulses is positive for next year, in spite of this year’s poor spring in key pulse growing regions of southern Australia.
19 Dec 14  2 THE outlook for pulses is positive for next year, in spite of this year’s poor spring in key pulse growing regions of southern Australia. | Aussie fabas risk becoming 'has...  | Pulse FTA benefits down the track 
THE Kwinana and Albany port site capacities are still
19 Dec 14 THE Kwinana and Albany port site capacities are still "tight", but pressure is being relieved as shipping services continue.
WITH falls of up to 150mm in the past 10 days, Christmas has come early for many Queensland summer croppers keen to get planting.
18 Dec 14 WITH falls of up to 150mm in the past 10 days, Christmas has come early for many Queensland summer croppers keen to get planting.  | Rain a shot in the arm for fodder  | Canola pricing mystery 
GRAIN rail lines must be viable to remain open was the clear message delivered by Premier Colin Barnett during a tour of the Wheatbelt last weekend.
Mr Barnett embarked on a visit to the northern Wheatbelt last Friday and Saturday and discussed the Miling Tier 2 rail line with Miling grain growers at a community meeting.
The future of the Miling to Toodyay Tier 2 line is unclear as the arbitrati
18 Dec 14 GRAIN rail lines must be viable to remain open was the clear message delivered by Premier Colin Barnett during a tour of the Wheatbelt last weekend. Mr Barnett embarked on a visit to...
IN spite of a lack of fundamental news, grain prices have rallied sharply over the past week.
17 Dec 14  11 IN spite of a lack of fundamental news, grain prices have rallied sharply over the past week. | Aussie wheat undervalued  | Canola pricing mystery 
THE grain industry’s version of an emergency fire drill will be staged next year to identify potential flaws in its biosecurity battle plan.
16 Dec 14  2 THE grain industry’s version of an emergency fire drill will be staged next year to identify potential flaws in its biosecurity battle plan.
SOME American groups are eyeing parts of Asciano's freight rail business, as talks with China Merchants over the potential sale of a stake in its Patrick ports business drag on.
15 Dec 14 SOME American groups are eyeing parts of Asciano's freight rail business, as talks with China Merchants over the potential sale of a stake in its Patrick ports business drag on. | Archaic systems crippling export  | Growers need to speak up on... 
FARMERS with on-farm storage and bulk handlers now have another option in their battle to control insects in stored grain.
15 Dec 14 FARMERS with on-farm storage and bulk handlers now have another option in their battle to control insects in stored grain. | Hidden costs of grain storage  | On-farm storage a question of... 
A WA-BASED wheat researcher has won an international fellowship to study in Mexico and Germany for six months.
14 Dec 14 A WA-BASED wheat researcher has won an international fellowship to study in Mexico and Germany for six months. | Growers' delight at sugar taskforce  | Aussie wheat undervalued 
A LARGE proportion of Australia’s canola crop remains unsold as farmers wait for a potential lift in values.
12 Dec 14  3 A LARGE proportion of Australia’s canola crop remains unsold as farmers wait for a potential lift in values. | US rally boosts canola prices  | Canola research insight for... 
ST GEORGE irrigator Scott Armstrong has described changes to eight of the State's channel irrigation schemes as
11 Dec 14 ST GEORGE irrigator Scott Armstrong has described changes to eight of the State's channel irrigation schemes as "a wonderful Christmas present".
HARVEST has been completed in a number of regions across the state, with many farmers gaining a well-earned break over the Christmas period.
11 Dec 14  1 HARVEST has been completed in a number of regions across the state, with many farmers gaining a well-earned break over the Christmas period. | AGG, Carlsberg brew barley bond  | Bright outlook for Callington... 
THE past week’s rain has been a godsend for fodder production in parts of the State, but far more is needed if producers are to overcome significant shortfalls predicted for 2015.
11 Dec 14 THE past week’s rain has been a godsend for fodder production in parts of the State, but far more is needed if producers are to overcome significant shortfalls predicted for 2015.
GRAIN transport woes have swollen CBH's port terminals at the peak of harvest deliveries.
The Albany and Kwinana port zone sites have neared capacity in recent days causing a ripple effect at nearby district sites. 
The problem arose last week when consecutive incoming grain transport vessels failed government hygiene inspection or arrived later than anticipated in what is the busiest time of ye
11 Dec 14 GRAIN transport woes have swollen CBH's port terminals at the peak of harvest deliveries. The Albany and Kwinana port zone sites have neared capacity in recent days causing a ripple...
ONGOING rain events are affecting grain quality and slowing harvest in the southern Wheatbelt, while Geraldton and Esperance zone growers are all but finished their 2014 season.
11 Dec 14 ONGOING rain events are affecting grain quality and slowing harvest in the southern Wheatbelt, while Geraldton and Esperance zone growers are all but finished their 2014 season.
THE recent sharp decline in the $A and increase in US futures has one analyst questioning whether Australian wheat is now too cheap.
11 Dec 14  9 THE recent sharp decline in the $A and increase in US futures has one analyst questioning whether Australian wheat is now too cheap. | International wheat prices rally  | Rain clouds crop yield forecasts 
GRAIN Producers SA has commended the industry contribution of Bordertown graingrower Jeff Arney, who, after a long battle with illness, died at the weekend.
10 Dec 14  1 GRAIN Producers SA has commended the industry contribution of Bordertown graingrower Jeff Arney, who, after a long battle with illness, died at the weekend.
SUGARCANE growers welcomed today's confirmation that a government-led taskforce will consult widely with them.
10 Dec 14 SUGARCANE growers welcomed today's confirmation that a government-led taskforce will consult widely with them. | Commodities left out of FTA party  | Aus sugar industry takes on the US 
CBH resignation; Pulse prices remain firm; Rural Bank scholarships; Milling tour; New wheat; CropLife board.
10 Dec 14 CBH resignation; Pulse prices remain firm; Rural Bank scholarships; Milling tour; New wheat; CropLife board. | MPCI a confidence boost  | FTA requires rail upgrade 
GRAIN industry analysts ProFarmer will release a report on grain pools this month to help growers with grain marketing decisions.
09 Dec 14  6 GRAIN industry analysts ProFarmer will release a report on grain pools this month to help growers with grain marketing decisions. | Grain pools spark grower interest  | Storage not automatic dollars: NAB 
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Some complete ignorance on manufacturing by GFA. I note the release this week that the biggest
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coles and woolworths did and are still doing this with homebrand milk. is the accc
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George is cute and beaut! Fab idea.
ESCALATING dissatisfaction with the Pastoralists and Graziers Association's (PGA) Grains Committee has prompted CBH chairman Wally Newman to dump his membership.19 Dec 14  6 ESCALATING dissatisfaction with the Pastoralists and Graziers Association's (PGA) Grains Committee has prompted CBH...
THE Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project continues to grow with the announcement of preferred proponents for two parcels of land in the Packsaddle area.19 Dec 14 THE Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project continues to grow with the announcement of preferred proponents for two...