The Indian government has upped the ante in terms of lentil import duties.
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.
CBH has extended its Paddock Planner crop planning system but not all growers are happy about the move.
The first shipment of Manildra's Canadian wheat imports has arrived at Port Kembla as debate rages about remaining Aussie wheat stocks.
NSW Farmers has vowed to keep fighting to get a workable farm income protection industry established in Australia.
A Rabobank analyst believes Australia cotton prices will fall in the second half of the year on the back of sluggish global demand.
The wheat industry will watch to see if Asian nations will slap a ban on purchases of US wheat after an outbreak of GM wheat was found.
The grain market expected cuts to US corn production in this week's USDA report, but was surprised by the extent of the downgrade.
Solid May rainfall in southern Australia has bolstered national winter crop prospects but a below average year is still likely.
WA has had a long awaited seasonal break, rain is heading to Victoria, but it remains stubbornly dry in northern NSW and Queensland.
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