Supplementary Feeding of Livestock on Pastures

20 April, 2018

Dry autumns are common in southern NSW and are not necessarily linked to dry conditions during winter and spring. However, when the season does not break until late April / early May, there is little time for pasture growth to … Continue reading

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

Wool Market Update (April 2018)

20 April, 2018

The following graph shows the AWEX Eastern Market indicator (EMI) in cents per kilogram clean, from August 2009 to date. Decreased wool availability plus strong demand from buyers has led to all time record wool prices recently. While wool growers … Continue reading

Interest Rate Update (April 2018)

20 April, 2018

The following graph shows movements in both the 6 month and 3 year Bank Bill yield rates, for the period January 2006 to April 2018. These rates are wholesale rates which are net of any margin charged by financial institutions. … 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