Victoria has scored ideal follow-up rain a fortnight after the autumn break.
The GRDC has finalised its long-running restructure, with more jobs to move to its regional offices .
Farmers growing chickpeas will have to monitor soil-borne diseases such as sclerotinia and phytophthora this year.
Farmers may be planning a record chickpea plant, but researchers are concerned about mutating pathogens of the devastating disease ascochyta blight.
New crop chickpea contracts remain at historical highs in spite of coming off from the records set for prices during 2016-17.
Southern Queensland farmers are becoming increasingly desperate for a rain to trigger winter crop planting.