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Aeration helps speed harvest
24 Nov 04 DIRECT heading of canola is becoming more popular with the development of silo aeration techniques and new, shorter length varieties, allowing farmers to harvest earlier than usual and eliminating the need for swathing in some areas. The silo
FTA a done deal
24 Nov 04 THE Australia/US free trade agreement (FTA) is set to become a reality on January 1, 2005, after final arrangements for the historic deal were announced last week. The deal is tipped to generate an annual $6 billion boost to the Australian economy
Good quality makes up for lower yields
24 Nov 04 THE FLUSH of hot weather last weekend triggered the beginning and the end of this year¹s harvest. While the first tentative pokes into the crop were occurring in southern Wheatbelt areas, a bin party at Canna, south of Mullewa, was in full swi
High moisture wheat trial needs support
24 Nov 04 SOUTH Coast wheatgrowers are being urged to get behind a trial for receivals of high moisture wheat this harvest. AWB Ltd, Co-operative Bulk Handling, the South East Premium Wheat Growers Association (SEPWA) and members of the Fitzgerald Biosphere
Long wait for Iraq debt money
24 Nov 04 WA wheatgrowers could have to wait another seven years to get any money owed from wheat sales to Iraq, after the Federal Government agreed to write off 80pc of the debt owed to Australia. Under an agreement negotiated at the Paris Club last weeken
New record for Boyanup heifer sale
24 Nov 04 BOYANUP will be the place to be on Friday December 10 for producers looking for quality first-cross breeding females . Elders will be offering a record number of springing heifers at its annual supreme springing heifer sale. Like in previou
Spray drift rules to be tightened
24 Nov 04 THE Agriculture Department has confirmed that WA farmers can expect tougher legislation governing their chemical applications. It comes in the wake of recent news that Australia is considering adopting Canadian measures to reduce spray drift f
Strong demand boosts exports
24 Nov 04 STRONG demand for Australian wool has been reflected in the latest export figures and Elders State wool manager Stuart Macaulay says the September quarter showed a 32pc increase on the same period last year. Mr Macaulay says China continues to be
Truss welcomes WA EC proposal
24 Nov 04 THE Federal Government has welcomed WA Agriculture Minster Kim Chance's proposal for the Federal and state governments to equally share the burden of Exceptional Circumstances (EC) relief funding up to $20 million. Mr Chance said farmers did n
WA state trials help to identify outstanding bulls
24 Nov 04 THIS year's WA State Bull Trial finished recently and once again was well represented by a variety of breeds. The trial, held at the WA College of Agriculture, Narrogin, encompassed three different types of feed efficiency trials. Strathtay
ARGT risk high
17 Nov 04 ABOVE average rainfall from May to July has increased the risk of Annual Ryegrass Toxicity (ARGT) throughout the Wheatbelt. Biological and Resource Technology plant pathologist George Yan said there have already been several ARGT outbreaks this ye
Bairstows back cattle
17 Nov 04 WHEN Noel and Karen Bairstow decided to quit sheep and go full-time cropping they raised a few local eyebrows in the Lake Grace area. Ten years later, they found the pressure from weeds, declining soil fertility and increasing inputs made con
Breeders not worried by change
17 Nov 04 THE change to WA's Ovine Johne's disease (OJD) status from low to very low last week is likely to have little impact on WA's sheep trade with other states according to WA's Stud Merino Breeders vice president Neil Jackson. The national Animal
Field peas look more attractive
17 Nov 04 WA is on the verge of a dramatic increase in the production of field peas, according to the Agriculture Department. Department pulse extension officer Ian Pritchard said one variety - Kaspa had attracted the most attention from growers. Mr Pr
Mt Marshall landcare work praised
17 Nov 04 THE Shire of Mt Marshall may have just 600 ratepayers and a rate base of under $1 million, but it is leading the way in developing integrated solutions to rural WA's water problems. The shire won a 2004 WA Water Industry Award for its project
17 Nov 04 WAFarmers board member and meat section president Mike Norton has been elected to the position of vice-president of the Cattle Council of Australia. The annual general meeting at Tamworth had many changes to the council with Bill Bray replacing lo
Reducing salinity takes precedence: US expert
17 Nov 04 PERTH residents should place the benefits of reducing the huge environmental problem of salinity above the costs of diverting saline water to the ocean through the Swan River, US drainage expert Wayne Scaggs said. Mr Scaggs was the keynote speaker
Sheep lotfeed day pulls crowds
17 Nov 04 MORE than 100 farmers turned out for a sheep lot feeding and summer nutrition information day held by Elders at Katanning last week. Agriculture Department sheep and pasture research officer Ned Crossley was the only speaker who did not have t
Spotlight on alternatives
17 Nov 04 RESEARCHERS have been working on various alternatives to mulesing for almost five years. But protests by animal rights groups have prompted Australian Wool Innovation to fast-track their research to allow some of the new methods of controlling fly
WA salt problem exaggerated
17 Nov 04 CSIRO investigators believe the extent of WA's salinity problem is closer to half the figure commonly reported. CSIRO regional co-ordinator Don McFarlane said he and his research team used the highly-accurate Land Monitor system of digital terrain
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PARENTS campaigning to save Moora Residential College (MRC) have cautiously welcomed WA Liberals’ announcement it will keep the facility open if it wins the next State election.
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China has followed through with flagged plans to resume importing United States beef, lifting a ban that has existed since mad cow disease was found in the States in 2003.
Indonesia has relaxed its trade restrictions on secondary beef cuts, re-opening a market that was worth $42 million to Australian exporters two years ago.
The recent rainfall will lead to a change in the micron profile of the Australian wool clip next spring, while boosting production volume and lamb marking rates.
While the favourable season is spurring lamb prices and providing more marketing options for producers, livestock agents are concerned rates are reaching unsustainable levels.
There will be more cases of sclerotinia in canola in areas that do not traditionally have problems with the disease due to the wet spring.
Chickpea prices have jumped $30 to $50 a tonne above global market values as farmers caught with soggy crops look for alternative grain supplies to fulfill their forward contract commitments.
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