International Day of Plant Health:

May 11, 2022 | 2 min read
Inaugural International Day of Plant Health is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of healthy seed to healthy plants. Mr Osman Mewett, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Seed Federation (ASF), the peak national association for Australia’s seed for sowing sector said, “The seed industry has been supportive of the idea of celebrating an International Day of Plant Health from the very beginning.”

New tool helps grain growers preserve beneficial insects on-farm

May 4, 2022 | 2 min read
A critical new tool will help Australian grain growers understand what pesticides to select to preserve ‘beneficial’ insects that play a critical role in pest management in the paddock.

The impacts of China’s COVID lockdowns on Australian agriculture

May 3, 2022 | 3 min read
Current strict lockdowns in many major cities in China – as the country tries to eradicate the spread of COVID – are not only affecting its local citizens, but also having flow-on impacts on trading partners, including Australia, according to agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank.

Long, longer, longest: new trials weigh up benefits of long coleoptile wheat varieties

April 28, 2022 | 4 min read
Strong interest amongst Western Australian growers in new lines of “moisture seeking” wheat is driving the expansion of regional trials this year, with results set to inform future agronomic and farming systems guidelines for long coleoptile varieties.

Growing Smarter in the Mallee 2022 agtech summit

April 28, 2022 | 2 min read
Practical demonstrations, workshops, speakers, trade stalls and farm tours will all be on offer at the Growing Smarter in the Mallee 2022 agtech summit. The summit is an initiative of the Mallee Regional Innovation Centre (MRIC) and will be held at Mildura’s SuniTAFE Smart Farm on Thursday 5 May and Friday 6 May.

Prospects for Australian wheat exports amid the Ukraine-Russia conflict

April 20, 2022 | 5 min read
A Charles Sturt University agribusiness expert suggests Australia can anticipate an increase in wheat exports to countries affected by the Ukraine-Russia conflict and should target those importing nations’ requirements.

Booster-Mag for safe crop protection

April 14, 2022 | 3 min read
Booster-Mag is an environmentally friendly, easy-to-apply foliar spray, developed to align with the market's need for non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-dangerous and crop-safe products that can help maintain healthy crops.

Building mouse and insect pressure highlights importance of hygiene

April 13, 2022 | 2 min read
As seeding preparations build during this busy time of year, growers are encouraged to prioritise hygiene around seed grain and storage infrastructure.

Mungbean makeover on the menu

March 30, 2022 | 2 min read
From ancient, ‘gassy’ legume to low-carbon, nutritional powerhouse, mungbeans are being given a global makeover, led by researchers at The University of Queensland.

Margin control critical for Australian farmers in volatile global commodity market

March 28, 2022 | 3 min read
Keeping track of margins and controlling input costs will be vital for Australian farmers preparing for winter crop planting, say Rabobank analysts closely monitoring the global market.

New chemistry vital option in Central West

March 19, 2022 | 3 min read
The release of the new pre-emergent, Overwatch Herbicide in 2021 has been welcomed by Nutrien Forbes agronomist Jim Cronin as a vital rotational option in key winter crops.

La Niña yields record crops

March 17, 2022 | 2 min read
Both winter and summer crops across Australia have seen extraordinary outcomes in 2021–22.

Major partnership to deliver spray hazard warning system

March 15, 2022 | 3 min read
The grains and cotton industries have today announced a $5.5 million investment to help minimise spray drift through a five-year partnership with Australian agtech company, Goanna Ag. The investment will see the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC), in partnership with Goanna Ag develop a spray drift hazardous weather warning system that will provide real-time weather data and alerts to growers and spray operators about the presence of temperature inversions.

New insights into how wheat roots respond to salinity

March 15, 2022 | 2 min read
Researchers from The University of Western Australia have unearthed new data about how wheat root tips respond to salinity, which is an important first step towards improving salt tolerance.

GRDC Research Updates uncover potential phosphorous savings

March 3, 2022 | 3 min read
Good summer rainfall across parts of the northern grain growing region has boosted optimism for the winter cropping season and with fertiliser prices at an all-time high, growers are encouraged to make informed decisions to get the most out of their inputs.