Farm debt hits $109.9 billion

July 31, 2023 | 2 min read
The latest agricultural lending statistics provided by the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) show an increase in aggregate lending to the farm sector of 9% in 2021–22.

Cotton Seed Distributors MD set to retire

July 17, 2023 | 1 min read
After decades of leading Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD) outstanding growth, Peter Graham will retire from the managing director position on 31 December 2023.

Cotton Seed Distributors announces new CEO

July 17, 2023 | 1 min read
Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD) is pleased to announce Dr Ian Taylor as it’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Sustainability update targets improvements

July 15, 2023 | 3 min read
The Australian cotton industry’s just-released 2022 Sustainability Update, reveals the complexity of sustainability in farming systems, and the extent of the industry’s investment in collaborative initiatives to accelerate positive impacts.

Exceptional quality pick as cotton season ends

July 14, 2023 | 3 min read
Around 90% of the Australian cotton crop has now been picked with growers and cotton gin operators reporting better than expected yields and, in some cases exceptional quality despite the challenges.

Biostimulant trial boosts almond crop

July 13, 2023 | 3 min read
New trial results demonstrate that Mycorrcin, a biostimulant from Biostart, has been found to increase the size of young almond trees, as well as the amount and weight of both nuts and kernels, while also improving soil biology.

Sheep EID made simple with Datamars Livestock

July 12, 2023 | 2 min read
As Australia continues to prioritise livestock traceability, the implementation of electronic identification (EID) systems is crucial.

The swings and roundabouts of supply management

July 11, 2023 | 3 min read
Anyone involved in Australian agribusiness is used to the challenges of running a successful operation in an environment with cyclic demand and supply disruptions – nobody more so than our growers, who have been operating in our harsh and challenging climate for hundreds of years, writes Peter O’Keeffe.

Growing the best in the west with Yara

July 10, 2023 | 5 min read
It’s quality first and daylight second in every aspect of the operations at Bogdanich Farms, one of the state’s largest producers of leafy vegetables.

Protect canola with Exirel insecticide

July 10, 2023 | 3 min read
The recent registration of Exirel insecticide to control pests in canola will help growers maximise yields with a proven, effective product against key pests such as diamondback moth and native budworm.

2023 winter crop weed control advice

July 9, 2023 | 2 min read
Farmers can get the latest information on effective weed control, to ensure successful and profitable winter crop production, in the free ‘2023 Weed Control in Winter Crops management guide’ published by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

Efficon a game changer for aphid diseases

July 8, 2023 | 2 min read
In what could be a game changer for the management of aphids and PRSV, Australia’s first-ever Efficon spray was applied earlier this year at Rapisarda Enterprise at Clare near Ayr in Queensland on a block of vegetative watermelons and pumpkins.

Agronomist now farmer wins Young Grower award

July 7, 2023 | 3 min read
A first-generation farmer from Tasmania who got a foothold in horticulture through the generosity of a neighbour has claimed the 2023 Corteva Agriscience Young Grower of the Year at the Horticulture Awards for Excellence.

drumMUSTER champion wins Stewardship Award

July 7, 2023 | 2 min read
Allan McGann, the face behind Australia’s extremely successful Agsafe drumMUSTER and ChemClear agvet chemical recycling programs, has been awarded the E.E. Muir and Sons Community Stewardship Award at Hort Connections 2023 in Adelaide.

Why people resist change (and what to do about it)

July 7, 2023 | 3 min read
The human brain is wired for comfort and certainty. It likes routines, patterns and habits. Change challenges us – like that being experienced by rural businesses across Australia after natural disasters, COVID-19, skills shortages and technology advances, writes Leah Mether.