According to trial results the pre-emergent herbicide Sakura is still going strong after a decade in action.
National Grains Industry Reporter
Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.
There may have been bigger grain production years, but it is expected there has never been a better combination of yields plus high prices.
Some Australian wheat farmers are concerned at what they say is a lack of focus on quality by major grain buyers.
Australia's ag industry must look at multiple customers rather than focusing too heavily on just one or two big ones.
Australian grain is well and truly price competitive into key export markets, so should growers be targeting higher farmgate returns?
This year saw a massive deterioration in trade relations between Australia and China. What was the catalyst for relationships breaking down?
Not all farmer groups are pleased at the government taking China to the WTO over barley tariffs, GPA labelling the move a waste of time.
A crucial rail line is out of action at the worst possible time for those looking to export grain out of Port Kembla in NSW.
A new grain research facility cented at Murdoch and Curtin Universities in Perth has officially been opened.
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