Article from The Land.
The incorporation of Lucerne into pasture rotations, whether on its own in in combination with other pasture species underpins many mixed farming operations across the state.
It is imperative, therefore, according to Frank McRae, Product Development Manager, Auswest Seeds, Borenore to ensure landholders have the right variety to suit both their soil types and enterprise aspirations.
On-farm stocks of feed and fodder in south-Eastern Australia were relatively high going into the drought, and prices of hay and feed grain were relatively low. However, as poor conditions have continued, prices have increased rapidly, and are now approaching levels observed during the 2006-07 drought. Continue reading “On-farm stocks of feed and fodder were relatively high going into the drought”
The current drought conditions are severe in some regions – particularly in NSW. Rainfall to the end of September 2018 in NSW is the 3rd lowest ever recorded at 190.9mm. Rainfall to date across Australia is as poor as any period in the last 20 years. However, the extent of rainfall deficiencies is currently smaller than in previous droughts. Continue reading “The current drought is severe in some regions but covers a smaller area than previous events”
ABARES has conducted a preliminary assessment of the expected impact of the unfavourable seasonal conditions during early spring on Australian winter crop production. We expect 2018-19 winter crop production to be around 15% lower than the previous forecast of 33.2 million tonnes published in the September edition of the Australian Crop Report. Continue reading “October Winter Crop Condition Update”
Five key challenges will be central to Australian agriculture’s continued success, according to ABARES Executive Director, Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds. Speaking at the Outlook 2018 Conference in Canberra today, he listed the five key areas which will have a major impact of the sector’s future. Continue reading “Five ingredients for a thriving agricultural sector”