General Comments – Newsletter April 2017

6 April, 2017

The phenomenon of costs rising to meet expected or actual income is being observed at present, partly due to an increasing emphasis on the use of inputs both in cropping and grazing, rather than on tailoring the production system to … Continue reading


Sowing On-Farm Trials

6 April, 2017

Preparation and attention to detail when establishing on-farm trials, will provide better quality data, plus reduced workload and stress at harvest. Improvements in yield mapping capabilities associated with modern harvesters, allows for testing of various treatments on a paddock scale … Continue reading


Deep Soil Nitrogen & Sulphur Testing

6 April, 2017

Levels of soil Nitrogen remaining after the 2016 season will vary significantly, depending on the yield and protein of harvested crops, paddock history, rainfall, plus soil Organic Carbon levels. Nitrogen loss factors such as denitrification, leaching and volatilisation, have also … Continue reading


Group G Herbicide Comparison

6 April, 2017

Group G herbicides when added to knockdown herbicides, generally don’t improve the final weed control results, rather they increase the speed of desiccation. With the exception of Sharpen, Group G products are contact, non-systemic herbicides which can be added to … Continue reading


Choosing Spray Adjuvants

6 April, 2017

Choosing the most suitable adjuvant for each chemical application can be a confusing process, given the vast array of wetters, oils, combinations and other adjuvants available on the market.  Consideration must be given to the type of chemical, the spray … Continue reading


New Crop Herbicide Products

6 April, 2017

A number of new herbicide products have either been released recently, or are expected to be released for the 2017 cropping period. The following products may be useful in specific circumstances, however the cost of new products should be compared … Continue reading


Group J & Group K Herbicide Comparison

6 April, 2017

Herbicide products from Groups J and K are increasingly forming the basis of grass weed control programmes in Wheat and Barley. Boxer Gold and Sakura can be very effective tools for managing ryegrass and other grass weeds. However, at around … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Wheat (April 2017)

6 April, 2017

The following graph shows the movement in Chicago (CBOT) December 2017 Wheat Futures price and the 2017/18 APW Multigrade price delivered port. Since early January both the futures and domestic price have remained flat with the basis at or close … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Canola (April 2017)

6 April, 2017

The following graph shows the movement in ICE November 2017 Canola Futures and the domestic canola price delivered port. Since early January there has been a steady decline in both the futures and domestic prices with both falling approximately A$25/tonne … Continue reading


Wool Market Update (April 2017)

6 April, 2017

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 record wool prices recently. While wool growers have been … Continue reading