Farmland in Self Managed Super Funds

12 May, 2014

Owning farmland in a Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) can create a tax effective way of separating the farming operation from the ownership of the farmland, achieving asset protection in the process, but potentially placing future restrictions on the functioning … Continue reading


Deep Soil Nitrogen (DSN) Testing

12 May, 2014

Early rainfall whilst soil temperatures were still warm, will have led to significant mineralisation of Nitrogen in most paddocks. Mineralisation rates of up to 1.0 kg/Nitrogen/ha/day are likely, resulting in up to 50 – 60 kg N/ha (110 – 130 … Continue reading


Factor Plus Status Mixes to Control Annual Ryegrass

12 May, 2014

There has been increasing publicity of late regarding mixes of two Group A “dim” herbicides to improve the control of annual ryegrass. Mixing Factor (Butroxydim) and Status (Clethodim) has been reported to lead to increased control of ryegrass populations with … Continue reading


Canola Damage from Clethodim

12 May, 2014

Group A “dim” herbicides such as Clethodim have a narrow safety margin on canola, especially at higher rates and later application timings. Trials conducted in South Australia by Michael Zerner and Rob Wheeler from SARDI during 2013 at Hart and … Continue reading


Improving Nitrogen Management using Yield Prophet Plus PAWC Mapping

12 May, 2014

A GRDC funded project was undertaken by Rural Management Strategies in 2013, to demonstrate the use of Yield Prophet and plant available water capacity (PAWC) mapping, to improve Nitrogen decision making in wheat. Background Nitrogen represents the largest single cost … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Canola (May 2014)

8 May, 2014

The following graph shows the movement in WCE November 2014 Canola Futures and the domestic canola price delivered port. Like wheat, there was a lift in the domestic price during early March. However in comparision to historical prices, the domestic … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Wheat (May 2014)

8 May, 2014

The following graph shows the movement in Chicago (CBOT) December 2014 Wheat Futures price and the 2014/15 APW Multigrade price delivered port. The graph shows an increasing price trend for the early part of the year. For this period the … Continue reading


Interest Rate Update (May 2014)

8 May, 2014

The following graph shows movements in both the 3 month and 3 year Bank Bill yield rates, for the period January 2006 to May 2014. These rates are wholesale rates which are net of any margin charged by financial institutions. … Continue reading


Wool Market Update (May 2014)

8 May, 2014

The following graph shows the AWEX Eastern Market indicator (EMI) in cents per kilogram clean, from August 2009 to date. Whilst there has been some volatility over the last 2 years, the AWEX EMI has largely traded within a range … Continue reading


General Comments – Newsletter May 2014

8 May, 2014

The early autumn break was welcome relief for those handfeeding livestock, providing exceptional autumn feed growth due to the warm soil temperatures and associated soil Nitrogen mineralisation, after a relatively long, hot dry period.  Livestock markets rose predictably in response … Continue reading