Getting Paid for Grain Sales – Counterparty Risk

17 November, 2015

The season is not over until the money is in the bank! All the hard work during the year can be for no gain, if a buyer defaults on payment for some or all of the grain sold from harvest. … Continue reading


Yield Mapping Tips – Harvest 2015

17 November, 2015

Yield mapping is an effective way to capture crop performance, providing a measure of total production from each paddock, plus the variation within paddocks. Yield maps are particularly useful for on-farm trials of new varieties, fertilisers, fungicides or other crop … Continue reading


Graze Summer Weeds – Once They’re Dead

17 November, 2015

Summer fallow weeds should be sprayed before grazing with sheep. Weeds growing over summer use moisture and nutrients that would otherwise be available to the next crop. Weeds use available nutrients such as Nitrogen directly, but they also dry the … Continue reading


Canola Seed – Size Matters

17 November, 2015

Sowing larger canola seed can lead to better crop establishment, increased seedling vigour and early plant growth. These benefits have been demonstrated in replicated trials and observed in farmer demonstrations, often leading to increased crop yield. The size of canola … Continue reading


Smut in Barley

17 November, 2015

Many growers have commented on a noticeable level of smut in barley during spring 2015. Smut is a seed borne disease which is best managed through sowing clean, fungicide treated seed. In severe cases, a smut infected crop suffers yield … Continue reading


Multi-Peril Crop Insurance

17 November, 2015

Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) is slowly gaining momentum in Australia, with a number of companies showing interest in this segment of the market. MPCI compensates for crop yield loss by allowing participating producers to insure either their cost of production, … Continue reading


Sourcing Grain Prices

17 November, 2015

In recent years a proliferation of apps and websites have made sourcing grain prices relatively fast and easy. These tools are a reliable and efficient way to source pricing information on a site and grade basis, allowing growers to make … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Wheat (November 2015)

17 November, 2015

The following graph shows the movement in Chicago (CBOT) December 2015 Wheat Futures price and the 2015/16 APW Multigrade price delivered port. During July, prices peaked when the APW Multigrade price was $337/tonne port with the (CBOT) December futures price … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Canola (November 2015)

17 November, 2015

The following graph shows the movement in ICE November 2015 Canola Futures and the domestic canola price delivered port. Although prices eased during August and September, there has been a significant strengthening in the lead up to harvest. This has … Continue reading


Wool Market Update (November 2015)

17 November, 2015

The following graph shows the AWEX Eastern Market indicator (EMI) in cents per kilogram clean, from August 2009 to date. Prices have been high but with some volatility since May. Current prices are very strong relative to historical values which … Continue reading