Life on the harvest trail

HIS header driving career started 12 years ago, yet long-distance harvesting contractor Peter Stephens is just 22 years old.
HIS header driving career started 12 years ago, yet long-distance harvesting contractor Peter Stephens is just 22 years old.
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AFTER a difficult 18 months dealing with pricing wars and trade deals, Australian dairy farmers will welcome a report on income increases. AFTER a difficult 18 months dealing with pricing wars and trade deals, Australian dairy farmers will welcome a report on income increases.
THE launch of a new macadamia milk product is an indicator of the nut’s diverse potential and golden future. THE launch of a new macadamia milk product is an indicator of the nut’s diverse potential and golden future.
WITH the supply of rural properties on the market still outstripping demand, prices are likely to have stabilised, rather than risen. WITH the supply of rural properties on the market still outstripping demand, prices are likely to have stabilised, rather than risen.
ANGER among National Party MPs at banks' treatment of drought-stricken farmers is creating dangerous divisions in Cabinet. ANGER among National Party MPs at banks' treatment of drought-stricken farmers is creating dangerous divisions in Cabinet.
THE outlook for pulses is positive for next year, in spite of this year’s poor spring in key pulse growing regions of southern Australia.
19 Dec 14  2 THE outlook for pulses is positive for next year, in spite of this year’s poor spring in key pulse growing regions of southern Australia. | Aussie fabas risk becoming 'has...  | Pulse FTA benefits down the track 
WITH falls of up to 150mm in the past 10 days, Christmas has come early for many Queensland summer croppers keen to get planting.
18 Dec 14 WITH falls of up to 150mm in the past 10 days, Christmas has come early for many Queensland summer croppers keen to get planting.  | Rain a shot in the arm for fodder  | Canola pricing mystery 
GRAIN rail lines must be viable to remain open was the clear message delivered by Premier Colin Barnett during a tour of the Wheatbelt last weekend.
Mr Barnett embarked on a visit to the northern Wheatbelt last Friday and Saturday and discussed the Miling Tier 2 rail line with Miling grain growers at a community meeting.
The future of the Miling to Toodyay Tier 2 line is unclear as the arbitrati
18 Dec 14 GRAIN rail lines must be viable to remain open was the clear message delivered by Premier Colin Barnett during a tour of the Wheatbelt last weekend. Mr Barnett embarked on a visit to...
IN spite of a lack of fundamental news, grain prices have rallied sharply over the past week.
17 Dec 14  10 IN spite of a lack of fundamental news, grain prices have rallied sharply over the past week. | Aussie wheat undervalued  | Canola pricing mystery 
THE grain industry’s version of an emergency fire drill will be staged next year to identify potential flaws in its biosecurity battle plan.
16 Dec 14  2 THE grain industry’s version of an emergency fire drill will be staged next year to identify potential flaws in its biosecurity battle plan.
SOME American groups are eyeing parts of Asciano's freight rail business, as talks with China Merchants over the potential sale of a stake in its Patrick ports business drag on.
15 Dec 14 SOME American groups are eyeing parts of Asciano's freight rail business, as talks with China Merchants over the potential sale of a stake in its Patrick ports business drag on. | Archaic systems crippling export  | Growers need to speak up on... 
FARMERS with on-farm storage and bulk handlers now have another option in their battle to control insects in stored grain.
15 Dec 14 FARMERS with on-farm storage and bulk handlers now have another option in their battle to control insects in stored grain. | Hidden costs of grain storage  | On-farm storage a question of... 
A WA-BASED wheat researcher has won an international fellowship to study in Mexico and Germany for six months.
14 Dec 14 A WA-BASED wheat researcher has won an international fellowship to study in Mexico and Germany for six months. | Growers' delight at sugar taskforce  | Aussie wheat undervalued 
A LARGE proportion of Australia’s canola crop remains unsold as farmers wait for a potential lift in values.
12 Dec 14  3 A LARGE proportion of Australia’s canola crop remains unsold as farmers wait for a potential lift in values. | US rally boosts canola prices  | Canola research insight for... 
ST GEORGE irrigator Scott Armstrong has described changes to eight of the State's channel irrigation schemes as
11 Dec 14 ST GEORGE irrigator Scott Armstrong has described changes to eight of the State's channel irrigation schemes as "a wonderful Christmas present".
HARVEST has been completed in a number of regions across the state, with many farmers gaining a well-earned break over the Christmas period.
11 Dec 14  1 HARVEST has been completed in a number of regions across the state, with many farmers gaining a well-earned break over the Christmas period. | AGG, Carlsberg brew barley bond  | Bright outlook for Callington... 
THE past week’s rain has been a godsend for fodder production in parts of the State, but far more is needed if producers are to overcome significant shortfalls predicted for 2015.
11 Dec 14 THE past week’s rain has been a godsend for fodder production in parts of the State, but far more is needed if producers are to overcome significant shortfalls predicted for 2015.
THE recent sharp decline in the $A and increase in US futures has one analyst questioning whether Australian wheat is now too cheap.
11 Dec 14  9 THE recent sharp decline in the $A and increase in US futures has one analyst questioning whether Australian wheat is now too cheap. | International wheat prices rally  | Rain clouds crop yield forecasts 
GRAIN Producers SA has commended the industry contribution of Bordertown graingrower Jeff Arney, who, after a long battle with illness, died at the weekend.
10 Dec 14  1 GRAIN Producers SA has commended the industry contribution of Bordertown graingrower Jeff Arney, who, after a long battle with illness, died at the weekend.
SUGARCANE growers welcomed today's confirmation that a government-led taskforce will consult widely with them.
10 Dec 14 SUGARCANE growers welcomed today's confirmation that a government-led taskforce will consult widely with them. | Commodities left out of FTA party  | Aus sugar industry takes on the US 
CBH resignation; Pulse prices remain firm; Rural Bank scholarships; Milling tour; New wheat; CropLife board.
10 Dec 14 CBH resignation; Pulse prices remain firm; Rural Bank scholarships; Milling tour; New wheat; CropLife board. | MPCI a confidence boost  | FTA requires rail upgrade 
GRAIN industry analysts ProFarmer will release a report on grain pools this month to help growers with grain marketing decisions.
09 Dec 14  6 GRAIN industry analysts ProFarmer will release a report on grain pools this month to help growers with grain marketing decisions. | Grain pools spark grower interest  | Storage not automatic dollars: NAB 
IN a week when ABARES estimated 2014-15 wheat production would be 14pc lower year on year, crop quality is emerging as an issue.
06 Dec 14 IN a week when ABARES estimated 2014-15 wheat production would be 14pc lower year on year, crop quality is emerging as an issue. | Wild weather hits crop quality 
FARMERS and ag executives have warned there will be little benefit from the FTA with China unless railways are urgently upgraded.
05 Dec 14  5 FARMERS and ag executives have warned there will be little benefit from the FTA with China unless railways are urgently upgraded.
FARM sector confidence and cropping yields could soar almost overnight if multi-peril crop insurance was widely available.
05 Dec 14  1 FARM sector confidence and cropping yields could soar almost overnight if multi-peril crop insurance was widely available.
APPLICATIONS for the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia’s  Tertiary Scholarships are now open.
04 Dec 14 APPLICATIONS for the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia’s Tertiary Scholarships are now open. | Westblade scholarship... 
CONCERNS over a winter kill in the Former Soviet Union and a lack of fresh news in the market have given international wheat prices a strong kick.
04 Dec 14  35 CONCERNS over a winter kill in the Former Soviet Union and a lack of fresh news in the market have given international wheat prices a strong kick. | Move to reverse CBH exemption  | Overcoming difficult soils 
THE main players in the Tier 3 rail dispute need to
04 Dec 14 THE main players in the Tier 3 rail dispute need to "put all their cards on the table" and look at each line's viability to find a solution to the on-going issues. Comparing road and...
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Producers borrow way to much and when it all goes bad the bank gets the blame my neighbours
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What amazes me is the constant blindness I see as to what is going on here. Creation of money
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Australian exporters compete with the rest of the world when trying to sell their products. This
AS the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies (QCAS) gears up for another show-stopping season next year there is a renewed focus on youth involvement and adaptability, according to the organisation's Next Generation president Rowan O'Hara.3:00 AM AS the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies (QCAS) gears up for another show-stopping season next year there...
WHEN it comes to picking the perfect pork product, it seems Queensland is the place to be.15 Dec 14 WHEN it comes to picking the perfect pork product, it seems Queensland is the place to be.