General Comments – Newsletter September 2015

1 October, 2015

The wet August with above average rainfall was a reminder of how August used to be, wet, with rivers and creeks running full. It has been said that the subsoil needs to be wet at the end of August to … Continue reading


IFMA Congress, Canada 2015

1 October, 2015

During July, Robert Patterson attended the 20th IFMA (International Farm Management Association) Congress in Quebec City, Canada, as well as participating in both the Pre and Post Congress tours in Ontario and the Maritimes respectively. Following this, he toured through … Continue reading


New Crop Varieties for 2016

1 October, 2015

Following is a selection of recently released crop varieties which are worthy of consideration next year. WHEAT Beckom Released for 2016 Marketed by AGT AH in southern NSW $3.25/t EPR, with ability to share seed between growers Similar maturity to … Continue reading


Variable Rate Crop Management

1 October, 2015

Variable Rate Technology (VRT) offers potential cost savings, provided there is sufficient paddock variability to manage. What is VRT Management? The independent management of variation within paddocks and across farms, to either reduce input costs or increase yield potential. The … Continue reading


Nitrogen Contribution from Pulse Crops

1 October, 2015

Large pulse crops with high biomass and relatively low grain yields will contribute significant amounts of residual Nitrogen to the soil. Shorter crops with less biomass that yield relatively well, export much of the fixed Nitrogen as grain and will … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Wheat (September 2015)

1 October, 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 with the APW Multigrade price at $337/tonne port and the (CBOT) December futures price … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Canola (September 2015)

1 October, 2015

The following graph shows the movement in ICE November 2015 Canola Futures and the domestic canola price delivered port. Like wheat, canola prices have also eased since July, although not to the same degree. At the peak for the year … Continue reading


Wool Market Update (September 2015)

1 October, 2015

The following graph shows the AWEX Eastern Market indicator (EMI) in cents per kilogram clean, from August 2009 to date. Predictably prices eased after the peak of 1,373 c/kg during June and have been volatile since. However, current prices are … Continue reading


Interest Rate Update (September 2015)

1 October, 2015

The following graph shows movements in both the 3 month and 3 year Bank Bill yield rates, for the period January 2006 to September 2015. These rates are wholesale rates which are net of any margin charged by financial institutions. … Continue reading