Grains industry news in brief

Grains industry news in brief February 20


Soybean production in Brazil is likely to be down this year.

Soybean production in Brazil is likely to be down this year.

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Brazilian soybean production down, a new glasshouse development closer to reality and new CBH directors.

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Soybeans down

Brazilian government analysts have cut the size of its soybean crop by 3.5 million tonnes, or 2.9 per cent since its last report a month ago.

The size of the soybean crop is now expected to be 115.3m tonnes.

Forecasts were cut on the back of dry conditions in key production zones.

It would mean the crop is 4m tonnes smaller than last year's, but it will still be the second largest on record if there are no further cuts.

Nectar Farms approval

An ambitious greenhouse farming development in western Victoria is a step closer to reality after winning council planning approval this week.

The Nectar Farms project, to be constructed near Stawell, will eventually feature 30 hectares of glasshouses.

The Northern Grampians shire granted planning permission for five separate 6ha glasshouses to be constructed at Joel Joel, to the east of Stawell.

The $215 million project will be powered by energy from the Bulgana Wind Farm between Stawell and Ararat, which is also in the development phase.

The glasshouses are expected to grow primarily cucurbits, such as cucumbers.

GRDC award

Deb Slinger, the director of NSW Department of Primary Industries southern cropping systems has won a coveted Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) 2019 Recognising and Rewarding Excellence Award.

Ms Slinger, based at Wagga Wagga,  has spent the past 25 years working in relaying scientific information and research through to the production sector.

New CBH director 

A new director has been elected to the board of CBH.

Jeff Seaby, Mukinbudin, was elected to represent district 2 at the recent director elections.

In the other elections, incumbent directors Kevin Fuchsbichler, Bruce Rock, district 3, and Trevor Badger, Pingrup, district 4, were re-elected.

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