Leave ag levies alone: Tas croppers

PLANS by a senior government senator to review all agricultural levies are counterproductive, says a leading Tasmanian cropper.
PLANS by a senior government senator to review all agricultural levies are counterproductive, says a leading Tasmanian cropper.
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SENATOR Sean Edwards says beet western yellow virus has “blindsided” croppers, but a potential solution is being stifled by political gamesmanship. SENATOR Sean Edwards says beet western yellow virus has “blindsided” croppers, but a potential solution is being stifled by political gamesmanship.
NSW dairy co-operative Norco will more than double sales of fresh milk to China, a sign of how Australia's reputation for high-quality and safe food is helping it sell produce at premium prices overseas. NSW dairy co-operative Norco will more than double sales of fresh milk to China, a sign of how Australia's reputation for high-quality and safe food is helping it sell produce at premium prices overseas.
INSIDE a small white house, surrounded by bright yellow fields of canola, police found a short, scribbled note. INSIDE a small white house, surrounded by bright yellow fields of canola, police found a short, scribbled note.
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VIDEO: SOUTHERN grain growers could maximise returns this harvest by simply raising the height of their header’s cutter bar.
2:00 AM  6 VIDEO: SOUTHERN grain growers could maximise returns this harvest by simply raising the height of their header’s cutter bar.
THE good news for farmers contemplating subsoil manuring is that it works, the bad news is that it's expensive.
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A SCIENCE project with tangible benefits for Australian grain farmers received the 2014 Department of Agriculture Landcare Eureka Prize.
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SENATOR Sean Edwards says beet western yellow virus has “blindsided” croppers, but a potential solution is being stifled by political gamesmanship.
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CRUNCH time is coming for NSW’s early sunflower crop as dry conditions in the State’s North West threaten to throw up a repeat of last season’s measly harvest.
15 Sep 14 CRUNCH time is coming for NSW’s early sunflower crop as dry conditions in the State’s North West threaten to throw up a repeat of last season’s measly harvest.
THE Cooke family at Homeward Vale, on the Darling Downs,  is looking forward to its next bumper crop of chickpeas.
15 Sep 14 THE Cooke family at Homeward Vale, on the Darling Downs, is looking forward to its next bumper crop of chickpeas.
RESEARCH and experimentation on sandy rises has shown improvement in grain yield for the Riverina's Michael Pfitzner.
14 Sep 14 RESEARCH and experimentation on sandy rises has shown improvement in grain yield for the Riverina's Michael Pfitzner. | Grains unity moves closer  | Crop diagnosis a click away 
THE fallout from the unusual stem frost event that has swept through large tracts of south-eastern Australia could yet have an impact on overall production through Victoria, South Australia and NSW.
13 Sep 14 THE fallout from the unusual stem frost event that has swept through large tracts of south-eastern Australia could yet have an impact on overall production through Victoria, South... | Biggest wheat state comes a cropper  | Grains unity moves closer 
THE Australian Grain Exporters Association has “serious reservations” about the mandatory code of conduct for managing port access on bulk wheat exports.
12 Sep 14  2 THE Australian Grain Exporters Association has “serious reservations” about the mandatory code of conduct for managing port access on bulk wheat exports. | Co-ops in line for ports exemption  | No east-west wheat split, says... 
THE Wheatbelt's vibrant economy, communities, natural environment and clever people are the characteristics that will frame the way the region grows.
12 Sep 14  38 THE Wheatbelt's vibrant economy, communities, natural environment and clever people are the characteristics that will frame the way the region grows.
LOGISTICS group Qube Holdings warns Port of Melbourne investors rising costs will force exporters elsewhere.
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GROWERS will have more options at seeding next year following the launch of two new Noodle wheat varieties this week: Arrino and Calingiri.
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GRAINS industry groups are “inching” towards adopting an agreed model for a unified industry representative organisation.
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HOPES for a record wheat crop in WA have faded after the government predicted a 20pc plunge in production as dry weather begins to hurt winter crops.
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VIDEO: IMPRESSIVE yields and positive agronomical traits have boosted pea hay as a reliable break crop option for a Geelong farmer.
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THE Coalition has rejected accusations of disunity over wheat export regulations, as the deadline for implementing a mandatory code of conduct on grain port access looms.
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THE AUTHOR of a Rabobank report into Australian grain storage and logistics infrastructure believes the sector will undergo a dramatic change as more investment flows in ports, logistics and up-country storages.
08 Sep 14  3 THE AUTHOR of a Rabobank report into Australian grain storage and logistics infrastructure believes the sector will undergo a dramatic change as more investment flows in ports, logistics...
FIGHTING between Russia and Ukraine is causing doubts about the ability of grain exporters to use a Ukrainian port.
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THE BOM is expecting spring to be drier than average in many cropping regions, but warns a complex set of climate drivers are a factor.
07 Sep 14  6 THE BOM is expecting spring to be drier than average in many cropping regions, but warns a complex set of climate drivers are a factor. | Fire season threatens despite rain  | Two months of rain in one night 
BY MAKING minor low-cost adjustments to his seeding techniques, Steve Waters can improve water penetration in non-wetting soils, leading to better crop germination and prevention of rye grass spreading.
07 Sep 14 BY MAKING minor low-cost adjustments to his seeding techniques, Steve Waters can improve water penetration in non-wetting soils, leading to better crop germination and prevention of rye... | Cropping for the long term  | CBH rebate gives $4.55/t 
A SOYBEAN breeding program has led to soybean variety yield gains of 20 to 25 per cent, vastly improved grain quality that’s meant greater penetration into overseas and local markets, and big advances in disease resistance and improvement to agronomic type.
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A PRODUCTION risk premium is opening up in grain markets, balanced by continuing bearish world grain markets.
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AFTER a golden five-year period canola producers are now facing the lowest prices for their product since 2009.
05 Sep 14  4 AFTER a golden five-year period canola producers are now facing the lowest prices for their product since 2009. | Putting canola in its genetic place  | Aussie crop forecast under pressure 
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BUILDING relationships in China is about establishing links between Chinese companies and WA businesses, according to Department of Agriculture and Food director general Rob Delane.
Recently returned from a week long trip through China, Mr Delane said finding out more about Chinese businesses will help the WA industry.2:00 AM BUILDING relationships in China is about establishing links between Chinese companies and WA businesses, according...
A column dedicated to grain photos, news, jokes, stats and industry gossip.16 Sep 14 A column dedicated to grain photos, news, jokes, stats and industry gossip.