IT IS not often farmers in Australia's low rainfall zones are happy with getting less rain than expected. Last week was one of those times.
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.
A LONG running dispute between Emerald Grain and a group of WA farmers is back off to arbitration following a WA Supreme Court ruling.
Some farmers were hoping against hope predicted rainfall would be less than expected, but tallies are beginning to build already.
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THE CROPPING belt of south-eastern Australia was lit up like a city street last night as farmers worked feverishly to beat the rain.
Farmers are working around the clock in the lead-up to a series of storms expected to dump up to 250mm on south-eastern Australia.
Cotton seed sales valued at million of dollars to China remain in limbo due to an ongoing trade dispute surrounding the Bollgard 3 trait.
The torturous EU debate on glyphosate has finally been resolved, with the product winning a five year extension.
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