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Irrigators pour cold water on trade trial

PEEL Valley irrigators have branded the State government’s latest move to decrease water costs a “joke”, saying a trading trial announced by water minister Kevin Humphries would have little impact on skyrocketing water use charges.
PEEL Valley irrigators have branded the State government’s latest move to decrease water costs a “joke”, saying a trading trial announced by water minister Kevin Humphries would have little impact on skyrocketing water use charges.
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ONE couple's ambitions to get a foothold in the northern beef industry has been helped by investor Brett Blundy. ONE couple's ambitions to get a foothold in the northern beef industry has been helped by investor Brett Blundy.
IT'S “business as usual” for the farm machinery market with sales across most product sectors showing only a slight decline after three strong years. IT'S “business as usual” for the farm machinery market with sales across most product sectors showing only a slight decline after three strong years.
ANIMAL activists are harming the hard-earned reputation of the RSPCA by clouding community perception, says NSW CEO Steve Coleman. ANIMAL activists are harming the hard-earned reputation of the RSPCA by clouding community perception, says NSW CEO Steve Coleman.
THE National Wild Dog Action plan launch brought hope to producers – but a collective approach is needed. That’s where we come in. THE National Wild Dog Action plan launch brought hope to producers – but a collective approach is needed. That’s where we come in.
NEAR contract wheat prices slipped to four year lows last week, and even the increased geopolitical risk in Ukraine has not pushed prices up.
2:00 AM  8 NEAR contract wheat prices slipped to four year lows last week, and even the increased geopolitical risk in Ukraine has not pushed prices up. | Bees hit in canola virus fight  | Stripe rust adapting to Aus heat 
THE peat soil on Sam Croser’s farm near Millicent, SA grows excellent crops but is not without its challenges.
2:00 AM THE peat soil on Sam Croser’s farm near Millicent, SA grows excellent crops but is not without its challenges. | Farm chemical changes welcomed  | Emerald plans $3m Elmore upgrade 
BUNGE Australia farewelled its first grain shipment from Bunbury last Saturday.
24 Jul 14  11 BUNGE Australia farewelled its first grain shipment from Bunbury last Saturday.
GREATER areas of Australia’s wheat belt may become susceptible to stripe rust as the disease continues to evolve and adapt to warmer climates.
24 Jul 14 GREATER areas of Australia’s wheat belt may become susceptible to stripe rust as the disease continues to evolve and adapt to warmer climates. | GrainCorp closures stir silo stress  | Grain updates to look at robots 
EMERALD Grain will invest $3 million upgrading its site at Elmore, Victoria, in time for this year's harvest.
23 Jul 14 EMERALD Grain will invest $3 million upgrading its site at Elmore, Victoria, in time for this year's harvest. | Grain venture boosts buying clout 
FARMERS have welcomed the repeal of legislation that will do away with the need for re-registration and re-approval of farm chemicals.
22 Jul 14  2 FARMERS have welcomed the repeal of legislation that will do away with the need for re-registration and re-approval of farm chemicals. | Syngenta defends paraquat  | Bees hit in canola virus fight 
THE volume of mungbean produced in Australia has increased threefold in five years, but there's room for even more expansion.
22 Jul 14 THE volume of mungbean produced in Australia has increased threefold in five years, but there's room for even more expansion.
A NEW research project is looking at what motivates cotton farmers and their employees to “stick at it” through thick and thin.
22 Jul 14 A NEW research project is looking at what motivates cotton farmers and their employees to “stick at it” through thick and thin. | Cotton agreement opens markets  | Southern cotton boosts crop 
THE world under our feet is critical to the success of a crop, says agricultural ecologist David Hardwick.
21 Jul 14 THE world under our feet is critical to the success of a crop, says agricultural ecologist David Hardwick.
BEEKEEPERS across southern Australia are concerned their hives will suffer collateral damage as broadacre farmers address a canola disease.
21 Jul 14 BEEKEEPERS across southern Australia are concerned their hives will suffer collateral damage as broadacre farmers address a canola disease. | Pesticide use hits farm birds  | Canola virus raises alarm 
INDIA hit by monsoon's dry start; EU push for GM products for feed processing; sclerotinia stem rot alert.
20 Jul 14  2 INDIA hit by monsoon's dry start; EU push for GM products for feed processing; sclerotinia stem rot alert. | 'Hiccups' won't stop grain drop  | GrainCorp closures stir silo stress 
DESPITE the advantages of no-till farming systems in high rainfall zones, managing slug damage remains a challenge.
19 Jul 14 DESPITE the advantages of no-till farming systems in high rainfall zones, managing slug damage remains a challenge. | Canola virus raises alarm  | GrainCorp closures stir silo stress 
AFTER early reports of a dry winter because of projected El Nino conditions, most SA cropping districts are tracking about 50mm above the average rainfall expected.
18 Jul 14 AFTER early reports of a dry winter because of projected El Nino conditions, most SA cropping districts are tracking about 50mm above the average rainfall expected. | Bumper start for YP crops  | ‘New’ wasp puts bite on pests 
THERE are many lessons Aussie no-till farmers can take from their Dakotan counterparts in the US.
18 Jul 14 THERE are many lessons Aussie no-till farmers can take from their Dakotan counterparts in the US. | 'Hiccups' won't stop grain drop  | GrainCorp closures stir silo stress 
INTERGRAIN is on the cusp of releasing two new varieties tailored to keep WA growers in the Noodle wheat-growing game and stop them from swapping to Hard varieties.
18 Jul 14  2 INTERGRAIN is on the cusp of releasing two new varieties tailored to keep WA growers in the Noodle wheat-growing game and stop them from swapping to Hard varieties.
FARMERS in the Warrumbungle LGA have nowhere to store their grain unless they build a lot of silos or are prepared to cart crops long distances.
17 Jul 14  4 FARMERS in the Warrumbungle LGA have nowhere to store their grain unless they build a lot of silos or are prepared to cart crops long distances.
WA'S grain industry is taking direct action to try and lift agriculture's profile and attract more people into the industry.
17 Jul 14  11 WA'S grain industry is taking direct action to try and lift agriculture's profile and attract more people into the industry.
THE use of robots and drones in grain production will be among the topics to be discussed at the Northern Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) grains research updates later this month in NSW.
16 Jul 14 THE use of robots and drones in grain production will be among the topics to be discussed at the Northern Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) grains research updates later... | Around the crop circles  | Promise of 'magical' weed kill 
THREE young achievers in the cotton industry have been named as finalists for one of the most coveted awards in the industry.
16 Jul 14 THREE young achievers in the cotton industry have been named as finalists for one of the most coveted awards in the industry.  | Southern cotton boosts crop  | Cottoning on to inland rail 
VIDEO: TRIALLING precision seeding equipment has given the Newbiggings greater insight into their NSW farm’s cropping capabilities.
16 Jul 14 VIDEO: TRIALLING precision seeding equipment has given the Newbiggings greater insight into their NSW farm’s cropping capabilities. | Canola virus raises alarm  | Good season prompts forward... 
FARMERS left stranded by GrainCorp's closure of 70+ sites are wondering how they will cope delivering a big harvest to alternative storage points.
16 Jul 14  13 FARMERS left stranded by GrainCorp's closure of 70+ sites are wondering how they will cope delivering a big harvest to alternative storage points. | GrainCorp port regulations reduced  | GrainCorp's $200m country upgrade 
THE brilliant start to the WA cropping season prompted a relatively high percentage of WA grain to be forward sold early this year.
15 Jul 14  5 THE brilliant start to the WA cropping season prompted a relatively high percentage of WA grain to be forward sold early this year.
PETER and Sue Wilkie have planted 100 hectares of Strzelecki on share-farmed country, and another 190ha of the Kennedy variety on their home block Boon Boon, near Jambin.
15 Jul 14 PETER and Sue Wilkie have planted 100 hectares of Strzelecki on share-farmed country, and another 190ha of the Kennedy variety on their home block Boon Boon, near Jambin.
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As one West Aussie to another, X Ag Socialist, it is clear, as you say, that many bloggers
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Taxpayer, so why wouldn't that logic equally apply to unreasonably charging everyone via a
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Nobody begrudges Bunge from getting their first ship away. Well done. They are as good as any
CBH chief executive officer Andy Crane has helped put co-operative business models and Australian agriculture on the corporate map.2:00 AM CBH chief executive officer Andy Crane has helped put co-operative business models and Australian agriculture on the...
THE farm mechanisation industry has thrown its support behind CBH CEO Dr Andy Crane's call to take direct action over attracting people into agriculture.24 Jul 14 THE farm mechanisation industry has thrown its support behind CBH CEO Dr Andy Crane's call to take direct action...