Canola plantings are likely to soar this year.
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.
Canola with higher levels of valuable omega-3 oils is likely to be commercially available in 2018.
Mouse numbers are building ominously across the country, particularly in parts of South Australia and Victoria.
The grains industry has downplayed fears insurance premiums for harvesters will rise to unaffordable levels.
There have been good autumn rains over much of the nation's cropping belt in the last fortnight.
Truckloads of grain have been knocked back at the delivery point at port due to insufficient fumigation.
Farmers are looking at large capacity augers to complement their on-farm grain storage systems.
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