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Crop Industry News: Australia

01 November 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Farmers Receive Locust Updates Via Text
AUSTRALIA – Officials in north-west Victoria have been keeping farmers up-to-date with regional locust activity by texting landholders details of the pest situation....
Crop Industry News from Australia Sugar Prices Set To Rise
AUSTRALIA – Sugar prices could rise above $0.30 (£0.19) per pound by the end of 2010, the National Australian Bank has predicted....
Crop Industry News from Australia Wheat Classification to Boost Ramen Noodle Market
AUSTRALIA - Recent changes to wheat classification in WA will aid the development of new market opportunities in the Japanese noodle market for Western Australian wheat-growers. ...
Crop Industry News from Australia Harvest Predictions Fall
AUSTRALIA – Western Australia's grain handler has said that up to one quarter of the state's crops may go unharvested this season....
29 October 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Rains Likely To Boost Barley Yields
AUSTRALIA - Recent weather could boost an already bumper malting barley harvest, with beneficial rains expected to cut prices....
Crop Industry News from Australia Farmers Warned Of Flood Risk
AUSTRALIA – New South Wales farmers located along the Murray River at Corowa have been urged to move production equipment in case of 'minor' flooding....
27 October 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Locusts to Begin Flying in WA
AUSTRALIA – Farmers in western regions of Australia are being warned that hatched locusts could begin flying within days, threatening crops and making treatment more difficult....
26 October 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Contractors Surprised by Low Locust Call-outs
AUSTRALIA – Specialist pest spray contractors in Victoria have said that they are surprised by the low numbers of call-outs they have received for locusts on public land in the state....
Crop Industry News from Australia Sugar, Wheat Crops Likely Affected By La Niña
AUSTRALIA – Weather experts have warned that the sugar and wheat crops could be affected by adverse weather conditions expected over the next three months....
25 October 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Dry Winter Causes Drop In Wheat Supply
AUSTRALIA – Specialist wheat varieties in Western Australia have been affected by dry winter weather conditions, causing a reduction in the levels of product available for niche markets....
Crop Industry News from Australia Locust Activity Increases In Victoria
AUSTRALIA – Officials in Victoria reported yesterday that locusts have started banding in central areas of the state....
22 October 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Heavy Downpours Damage Queensland Crops
AUSTRALIA – Grain crops in central Queensland have been damaged by unseasonably wet weather, providing another blow for farmers who previously faced years of drought....
21 October 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia DPI 'Failing To Act' On Locust Reports
AUSTRALIA – Farmers in Victoria have accused the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) of failing to act on some reports of locust infestations....
20 October 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Wheat Price Forecasts Cut
AUSTRALIA – Wheat price forecasts have been cut by the Australian Wheat Board (AWB), as the organisation said that the recent rally was an "overreaction" to corn expectations....
Crop Industry News from Australia Right Weather Needed For Locust Treatment
AUSTRALIA – Authorities in South Australia are waiting for the correct weather conditions to begin aerial spraying for locusts in the region....
Crop Industry News from Australia Uncertainty Over Drought Impact
AUSTRALIA – A grain handler in Western Australia has said that it is too soon to fully understand the impact of this year's drought conditions on crops in the region....
19 October 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Wheat Supply and Exports Monthly - October 2010
AUSTRALIA - Wheat stored by the bulk grain handlers fell to 6.7 million tonnes at the start of September 2010, continuing the usual seasonal pattern, and exports during August were below those...
Crop Industry News from Australia Harvesters Warn Against Road Disruptions
AUSTRALIA – The Australian Grain Harvesters Association (AGHA) has warned authorities against restricting roads as a result of wet weather in Queensland....
Crop Industry News from Australia Farmers Reminded about Harvest Safety
AUSTRALIA – An industrial safety organisation has advised farmers to improve safety in their production business as the harvest period approaches....
Crop Industry News from Australia Floods Have Not Washed Away Locust Threat
AUSTRALIA: The threat of locusts in New South Wales (NSW) is still present, despite flooding, according to industry experts....
18 October 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Aerial Surveillance for Locust Hoppers Resumes
VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA - Wet and cold weather in the state has subsided, which means that aerial surveillance for locust hoppers has now resumed in the north-west of the state....
Crop Industry News from Australia Locusts Need to be Sprayed Manually
AUSTRALIA - Farmers are being urged to spray manually any locusts they find near their crops....
15 October 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Locusts Slowed By Rain
AUSTRALIA – Farmers in Victoria's Wimmera-Mallee may have a temporary reprieve from the current locust threat, after rain and cool weather in the region slowed the pests' spread....
14 October 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Drought Causes Huge Financial Losses
AUSTRALIA – The Australian agricultural minister has warned that drought conditions in Western Australia could have hard-hitting consequences for bush farmers....
12 October 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Rain Fails To Alleviate Drought Pressures
AUSTRALIA – Farmers in Western Australia (WA) received some welcome rain over the weekend, but are still facing crop problems as a result of ongoing drought conditions....
Crop Industry News from Australia Grain Handlers Reduce Receival Sites
AUSTRALIA – The major grain handler in Western Australia (WA) has announced plans to close some of its logistical network sites in anticipation of reduced yields this harvest....
11 October 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Locust Threat Grows In New South Wales
AUSTRALIA – Farmers in New South Wales are stepping up their efforts to control the locust population as hatchings reach a "critical" point....
Crop Industry News from Australia Heat Wave Decimates Crops
AUSTRALIA – Farmers in Western Australia have seen their crops shrivelled by a heat wave this weekend, raising concerns for crop output....
08 October 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Locust Hatchings Expected To Peak
AUSTRALIA – Officials in Victoria have predicted that the current wave of locust hatchings could soon reach its peak....
07 October 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Grain Donations Sought For Drought-Hit Farmers
AUSTRALIA – Farmers in Western Australia have received an appeal to donate some of their harvested grain to other growers who are struggling because of the region's current drought....
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