It may be dry for many but there is still a threat of plant disease in cereal crops.
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.
The steady stream of new varieties all with different strengths and weaknesses is a boon for growers according to one agronomist.
The government's move to introduce a governance board to the APVMA and make industry pay for it has been slammed by CropLife.
Australia's grains industry is calling for a serious look at our nation's fuel reserves in light of the drone attack on Saudi oil plants.
The environmental and organics sector support a disallowance motion for changes to the gene technology act, but other farm groups do not.
There is some serious downside risk to current national crop projections, due to heavy frosts and dry conditions.
All eyes are on the Aussie crop over the critical next six week period, with grain markets set to take a lead from what happens.
We've hit a record for ag exports but it is a bittersweet milestone, as much of the gains have been made due to destocking.
The market is awash with options for post harvest weed seed management, a group of farmers explained the pros and cons of different choices.
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