Some climate forecasters are predicting an El Niño event this year, but prediction skill is low in late summer.
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.
More efficient supply chains and the use of derivatives will be critical for growers wanting to extract maximum value for their grain.
THE Federal Government, via the GRDC has committed to a bilateral agreement with the NSW Government for grains research.
People are sitting up and taking notice of oats once again, with new health-focused markets opening up in Asia.
A farmer who used multi-peril crop insurance this year said it is a good concept but does not work for all growers.
The president of a Queensland horse charity under investigation over allegations of donation misuse has stood down from her position.
After two other trips to the heart of western Queensland at the height of one of the worst droughts ever experienced, many of the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners’ trucks could almost drive themselves to their destination on the third journey.
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