Soil Acidity

20 April, 2018

Lime application rates and incorporation techniques may require reviewing in light of recent survey work by NSW DPI.  Many of the points below are not new, but it is important to revisit such topics, as they can be forgotten. Nearly … Continue reading


Southern NSW Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN)

20 April, 2018

Rural Management Strategies has been facilitating the Southern NSW Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) for GRDC since July 2017.  An initiative of GRDC, the RCSN draws on a group of twelve growers, advisors and researchers from across southern NSW, to … Continue reading


Crop Margins (Firebreaks)

20 April, 2018

Managing crop margins is an ongoing source of frustration for many growers. These areas are prone to erosion, are a source of weeds and are often where herbicide resistance develops. Historically these areas were simply managed with one or two … Continue reading


Feathertop Rhodes Grass (FTR)

20 April, 2018

Feathertop Rhodes (FTR) grass is a weed causing significant challenges for growers in northern cropping regions.  FTR is a summer growing grass weed that germinates and establishes quickly on small amounts of moisture.  It is difficult to control with conventional … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Wheat (April 2018)

20 April, 2018

The following graph shows the movement in Chicago (CBOT) December 2018 Wheat Futures price and the 2018/19 APW Multigrade price delivered Port Kembla. Wheat prices have steadily increased since January 2018 with the domestic price delivered port rising approximately $40/tonne … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Canola (April 2018)

20 April, 2018

The following graph shows the movement in ICE November 2018 Canola Futures and the domestic canola price delivered Port Kembla. Canola prices fell away sharply at the end of the 2017 harvest with little recovery since. However, both the futures … Continue reading


General Comments – Newsletter November 2017

21 November, 2017

This year has reinforced the folly of designing production systems from the top down, based on commodity prices prevailing last year or early this year, rather than from the bottom up based on physical factors.  It has been witnessed yet … Continue reading


Weed Escapes

21 November, 2017

Crop inspections during spring 2017 have revealed relatively high levels of weed escapes in many paddocks.  This is largely the result of the wet spring in 2016 which led to high seed set of weeds, plus the dry frosty conditions … Continue reading


New Crop Varieties for 2018

21 November, 2017

Following is a selection of crop varieties released recently, which are worthy of consideration next year: WHEAT Longsword (RAC 2341) Released for 2018 Marketed by AGT Classification pending EPR TBA, depending on classification, seed sharing permitted between growers Winter wheat, … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Wheat (November 2017)

21 November, 2017

The following graph shows the movement in Chicago (CBOT) December 2017 Wheat Futures price and the 2017/18 APW Multigrade price delivered Port Kembla. Prices have been somewhat variable during the second half of 2017.  Dry and frosty conditions in much … Continue reading