Data provision by Middle Kingdom in turmoil

May 19, 2021 | 4 min read
Mystery surrounds the sudden suspension of operations at one of China's primary agricultural data providers. This has left domestic and global merchants, analysts and brokers in the dark about all things agriculture in the Middle Kingdom. Cofeed is a Beijing-based private agricultural consultancy.

Plant Science Industry welcomes continuation of Improved Access to Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals

May 13, 2021 | 2 min read
CropLife Australia welcomes the Morrison Government’s commitment to farming by extending the Improved Access to Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals program with a further $9 million over four years.

Research prompts increase to recommended mouse bait rates

May 11, 2021 | 3 min read
A new research investment by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), led by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has enabled evidence-based increases to zinc phosphide (ZnP) mouse baits that will help grain growers battling above-average mouse numbers in eastern Australia.

GPA welcomes stronger biosecurity measures

May 4, 2021 | 2 min read
Australia’s peak national grain grower advocacy group has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement today of stronger measures to protect their industry from devastation, with a $371 million biosecurity package in the upcoming Budget. Grain Producers Australia Deputy Chair and Western Australian grain farmer, Barry Large, said the investment program was another positive step towards modernising national biosecurity with stronger preventative measures.

UWA researchers discover the cause of devastating crop disease

April 15, 2021 | 3 min read
Researchers at The University of Western Australia have identified the cause of the devastating faba bean gall disease for the first time, a disease that causes significant destruction of bean crops in Ethiopia and China.

Proagrica Sirrus iOS app brings collaboration features

April 3, 2021 | 2 min read
Proagrica, the largest tech and data business serving the global ag market, has released a new version of the Sirrus app for iOS. The latest functionality allows agronomists and farmers to work together to plan and execute in-season work and interpret the outcomes to create an ongoing, living record.

A genetic solution to ensure sorghum stands firm

March 31, 2021 | 3 min read
After decades of study, University of Queensland researchers have identified a genetic solution to the problem of sorghum lodging and falling down, which affects 10 per cent of sorghum crops each year.

Mix up your approach to fenceline weeds

March 9, 2021 | 2 min read
The recent discovery of multi-resistant capeweed along fencelines in Western Australia has put a fine point on the need for integrated weed management tactics to be applied to non-production areas on farms.

NSW to ensure access to future GM Crop innovations

March 2, 2021 | 2 min read
Decision will encourage stronger research and innovation.

Snapshot confirms agriculture’s ability to adapt and grow

Feb. 25, 2021 | 2 min read
A new ABARES report today confirms agriculture has been one of the Australian economy’s standout performers in recent decades.

Record-breaking canola crop credited to science from CSIRO

Feb. 24, 2021 | 3 min read
Dual purpose crops reduce the need for additional off-farm feed to be purchased.

Australian agriculture looking to profitable year ahead – industry outlook

Jan. 29, 2021 | 5 min read
Australia’s agricultural sector is set to enjoy an overall profitable year ahead – underpinned by high commodity prices, positive seasonal conditions and low interest rates, and despite expected continuing trade tensions with China – according to a newly-released industry outlook.

Research highlights summer adaptation of annual ryegrass

Jan. 18, 2021 | 3 min read
Research is investigating whether ryegrass is adapting to Australia’s climatic conditions and becoming more productive in the warmer months.

Strategies to manage feathertop Rhodes grass

Jan. 6, 2021 | 4 min read
When it comes to managing feathertop Rhodes grass (FTR), the successful strategies being used by Queensland and northern New South Wales grain growers and farm advisers focus on stopping weed seed set.


Jan. 5, 2021 | 3 min read
Australia is expecting a strong wheat crop this year, but that would be threatened if a large outbreak of wheat rust occurred. However, researchers at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, led an international effort to develop wheats with a stronger and potentially more durable level of resistance against rust diseases by “stacking” five resistance genes together.