You have to cast your mind back to the early 80s to find such a big year on year boost to grain production across Australia.
National Grains Industry Reporter
Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.
Australian grain growers are looking forward to a rare mix of good yields and high prices as international concerns fuel price rises.
The rebound in NSW grain production is likely to a record, with the 2019-20 drought followed by the predicted 2020-21 bumper.
Hay producers using a hay preservative are impressed at the cuts to curing time and the reduction of storage risk it creates.
There is a lot of hype on the east coast about the upcoming harvest but in the west things do not look so good due to a dry spring.
A new high fibre wheat is being trialled by a Japanese miller. Aussie officials are hopeful it could spark a new niche wheat market.
Workers left unemployed by COVID-19 will be able to retrain to work in the grains industry thanks to Victorian government funding.
There's likely to be a lot of wheat about this year but high protein wheat is expected to be in high demand.
Farmers are contending with a high load of yellow dwarf virus this year following ideal conditions for the disease's build up over autumn.
Connecting Livestock Buyers & Sellers: Your one-stop shop for livestock news, reports and sale listings.