General Comments – Newsletter November 2014

20 November, 2014

Another dry late winter/early spring has presented many challenges to both crop and livestock managers. Low rainfall, relatively heavy frosts on 19 and 20 September 2014, plus warmer than average maximum temperatures combined with colder than average minimum temperatures during … Continue reading


Possible Crop Varieties for 2015

20 November, 2014

Following is a selection of recently released crop varieties which are worthy of consideration next year. Wheat Longreach Trojan Released 2014 Marketed by Pacific Seeds APW in southern NSW $4.00/t EPR, no grower to grower trading allowed Similar maturity to … Continue reading


Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus

20 November, 2014

There was a high incidence of Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV) across southern NSW in 2014. The level of infection was a result of ideal conditions for aphids during the autumn and early winter of 2014, following early sowing of … Continue reading


Seed Treatments for Early Insect Control

20 November, 2014

Seed treatments have provided effective early control of insect pests and reduced the spread of viral infection in wheat and canola during 2014. A number of seed treatments offer control of insect pests, from emergence through to the early growth … Continue reading


Protein Is Important When Feeding Lambs

20 November, 2014

Supplementary feeding lambs to increase weight gain is a common practice, however in many cases the protein component of the diet is lacking, resulting in potential weight gain not being achieved. The two main components of a lamb’s diet are … Continue reading


Ovine Brucellosis

20 November, 2014

Ovine Brucellosis is a bacterial disease of sheep which is characterised by infertility of rams. It appears that the incidence of Ovine Brucellosis is increasing in southern NSW. Ovine Brucellosis is caused by the Brucella Ovis bacteria, which is found … Continue reading


Farm Innovation Fund

20 November, 2014

The Farm Innovation Fund is a NSW Government scheme administered by the Rural Assistance Authority, which provides loans at concessional interest rates to farm businesses, to undertake permanent farm infrastructure work such as silos, shearing sheds, fencing, stock water or … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Wheat (November 2014)

20 November, 2014

The following graph shows the movement in Chicago (CBOT) December 2014 Wheat Futures price and the 2014/15 APW Multigrade price delivered port. Basis has been positive all year, reaching a high of A$76/tonne during the last fortnight. Currently there is … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Canola (November 2014)

20 November, 2014

The following graph shows the movement in WCE November 2014 Canola Futures and the domestic canola price delivered port. The canola price hit its lowest levels for the year during September/October, however it has strengthened significantly during the last 2-3 … Continue reading


Wool Market Update (November 2014)

20 November, 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 two years, the AWEX EMI has largely traded within a range … Continue reading