General Comments (April 2019)

16 April, 2019

In early March, Robert Patterson and Mark Harris attended the 22nd IFMA (International Farm Management Association) Congress in Launceston, Tasmania. Some observations and quotes from the Congress are as follows: Australian agriculture is losing market access due to flat productivity … Continue reading

General Comments (November 2018)

14 November, 2018

High demand relative to supply of feed grain in northern NSW, has again lead to wheat and barley basis levels at Port Kembla (PKE) being $30 – $40/tonne above that at Melbourne/Geelong Ports. For canola, the basis premium at Port … Continue reading

General Comments – Newsletter September 2017

18 September, 2017

This News Bulletin marks the 30th anniversary of the farm business consultancy now known as Rural Management Strategies, commenced by Robert Patterson in October 1987.  It also marks another milestone in terms of employees becoming partners in the business, with … Continue reading

Protecting Crop Income from Adverse Weather Events

18 September, 2017

Frosts, droughts, floods and hot windy days can make farming a frustrating business at times.  When everything under the control of management has been done to obtain the best result, but a weather event occurs that significantly reduces the expected … Continue reading

Southern NSW RCSN

18 September, 2017

Rural Management Strategies has been engaged by Grain Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to co-ordinate the newly formed Southern NSW Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN). An initiative of the GRDC, the RCSN draws on a group of twelve growers, advisors … Continue reading

Work Health & Safety Policies – Can it be made Easier?

18 September, 2017

Clear and concise descriptions of the expectations and standards associated with the operation of a business, will provide a safe and more productive work environment.  So why doesn’t every small business do it?….because most small businesses find it difficult to … Continue reading

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

Interest Rate Update (April 2017)

6 April, 2017

The following graph shows movements in both the 3 month and 3 year Bank Bill yield rates, for the period January 2006 to March 2017. These rates are wholesale rates which are net of any margin charged by financial institutions. … Continue reading