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18 August 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Victoria Hopes for 10-Year Harvest High
AUSTRALIA – Grain farmers across the state of Victoria are preparing for what they believe could be their strongest harvest in at least a decade....
Crop Industry News from Australia Smut-Resistant Cane to Aid Recovery
AUSTRALIA – Producers of sugar cane are confident that six new varieties of the plant will help the industry recover from the devastating impact of smut....
17 August 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Crop Farmers Braced For Locust Hatching
AUSTRALIA – Producers of grain and oilseeds across the state of New South Wales have been warned to expect the early arrival of peak locust hatchings....
Crop Industry News from Australia Dry Weather Cuts WA Canola Hopes
WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA – Oilseeds analysts have trimmed estimates for the canola crop of the country's most important farming state, citing persistent dry weather for their cautious approach,...
16 August 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Mouse Plague Moving to Victoria
AUSTRALIA – The invasion of mice in fields across South Australia is reported to be easing but the problem may now have moved to Victoria, according to one news supplier....
13 August 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Wheat Exports to Benefit from Russian Ban
AUSTRALIA – Producers of wheat in parts of Australia could be among those to benefit from Russia's ongoing drought, which president Vladimir Putin attempted to remedy last week by imposing...
Crop Industry News from Australia Wheat Farmers Welcome Rail Investment
AUSTRALIA – Farmers in parts of Victoria and Queensland have welcomed the Labour party's announcement that it will commit to the next phase of an inland rail link between Toowoomba and Melbourne....
11 August 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Heavy Rains Swamp Victorian Wheat Fields
AUSTRALIA – Severe rainfall across the state of Victoria has reportedly been muddying farms and flooding wheat fields over the past few days....
10 August 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Sugar Mill Workers Set To Strike
AUSTRLIA - A number of employees at one of Queensland's major sugar cane processing plants are said to be gearing up for industrial action....
Crop Industry News from Australia Wheat Exports Approaching Record Levels
AUSTRALIA – Wheat exports have the potential to achieve 'near-record' levels, it has been reported, by picking up buyers left in the lurch by Russia's ban on grain exports and poor output expectations...
09 August 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Peanut Farms 'Invaded By Cockatoos'
AUSTRALIA – Australian peanut growers in Atherton, west of Cairns in north Queensland, have said that they are dealing with a cockatoo invasion of epic proportions....
Crop Industry News from Australia Canola Could Help Mining Industry
AUSTRALIA - A biofuels company is hoping that a new variety of canola can be used to supplement the mining sector's increasing demand for diesel....
06 August 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Rains Too Late For Main Wheat Region
AUSTRALIA – A "significant portion" of wheat in Western Australia, the country's largest grain-producing state, is destined for a below-average harvest, even if rains arrive as predicted, officials...
03 August 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Wheat Growers Battling Rain Shortage
AUSTRALIA – Farmers of wheat in Western Australia, the nation's biggest producing state, are currently battling against poor soil moisture, after below-average rain last month is thought to...
30 July 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia CSIRO Develops Oil Detection Method for Soils
AUSTRALIA - CSIRO scientists have developed a revolutionary technique for the rapid on-site detection and quantification of petroleum hydrocarbons (commonly derived from crude oil) in soil, silt,...
Crop Industry News from Australia Farmers Getting Deeper In Debt
AUSTRALIA – Crop farmers in Western Australia are reportedly in more debt than they ever have been before, according to new research....
29 July 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia More Staff For Manildra Canola Mill
AUSTRALIA – A canola processing plant in west-central New South Wales is set to increase its workforce by up to 25 per cent, an Australian news source has revealed....
28 July 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Canola Exports Increase as Canadian Output Drops
AUSTRALIA – Canola producers are expecting to take a considerable share of the oilseeds market this year, on the back of bumper production and a poor outlook for Canadian growers, as prices...
Crop Industry News from Australia Sugar Workers Ordered Not to Strike
AUSTRALIA – Operations staff at the country's largest sugar milling company, Sucrogen, have been ordered by Fair Work Australia not to stage industrial action for at least another month....
27 July 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Sugar Cane Could Unlock Ethanol Affordability
AUSTRALIA – Scientists in Australia have suggested that they may have found a cheaper alternative to conventional methods for producing the chemical ethanol....
Crop Industry News from Australia Canola Growers Seek Insecticide For Grub
AUSTRALIA – Farmers of canola on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula are calling for an emergency permit to use insecticide, as they battle to control the potentially devastating diamondback moth...
26 July 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Sugar Research Funding Scrapped
AUSTRALIA – Western Australia's Department of Agriculture and Food has passed a decision to axe all funding for the state's only sugar cane trial in Kununurra....
22 July 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Chinese Exports 'Climb To 5-Year High'
AUSTRALIA – Exports of wheat from Australia to China, the world's biggest consumer of the grain, have risen to their highest level in five years, as the country seeks to rebuild its inventories....
Crop Industry News from Australia Wheat Prices Surge Over Production Concerns
AUSTRALIA – The price of wheat in Australia has jumped by as much as $50 (£28.94) a tonne during the last month, sending shockwaves through the grains market....
21 July 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Queensland Opts For Smut-Resistant Sugar
AUSTRALIA – The Queensland region in which sugar cane smut was first detected has now made an almost complete switch to resistant varieties of the crop....
20 July 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia AUSTRALIA – Biotech Grant 'To Boost Crops'
AUSTRALIA – Farming and food industries in Australia will soon benefit from a new A$31 million biotechnology Centre of Excellence to be based at the University of Adelaide's campus in Waite....
19 July 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Locusts A Major Concern For Grain Farmers
AUSTRALIA – Grain growers in Australia are concerned that their produce could be rejected come harvest time, because of the number of locusts making it into the final output....
16 July 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia Rice Returns To Ord Valley
AUSTRALIA – The first rice crop to be grown in Western Australia for almost three decades is due for harvest this weekend, it has been revealed....
15 July 2010
Crop Industry News from Australia The Rise Of The Grubs
AUSTRALIA – Growers of canola in South Australia are battling persistent pests which threaten to decimate this season's crop. ...
Crop Industry News from Australia Fight Against Smut 'Nearly Over'
AUSTRALIA – Researchers have claimed that Australian farmers' fight against the sugar cane smut disease is almost over, which will come as a relief to many concerned growers. ...
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