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Farm storage puts a price tag on efficiency.. Brad Jones sees on-farm storage as the way for growers to get closer to the value end of the supply chain... The objective is to achieve the efficiency and flexibility needed for Brad to pursue his ambition to put his on-farm production closer to the consumer - closer to the end of the supply chain where the value of the grain is highest...
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By Kellie Penfold Key points Growers slake Japanese dairies' thirst for hay Network of suppliers and buyers being built Weather and open market the biggest risks It was the middle of a huge hay-making season - 18,000 bales in eight weeks - but Western Australian export oaten hay producers Steve and Suzanne Woods were only too happy to have a break for a few hours when international visitors called... [Photo (left) by Evan Collis: Export hay being baled on Steve Woods' property in Calingiri, Western Australia.].. Steve uses the Vass, Winjardie and Kangaroo varieties and finds it important to have a range of options to suit sowing opportunities and the growing season and to space out cutting and baling times...
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Disc popularity raises need for buyer homework.. Legal and machinery experts are urging grain growers to carefully research the range of disc seeders on the market to make sure the equipment they buy is suitable for their situation... Mr Sulman suggests asking suppliers: for written evidence outlining research data specific to the machine being purchased to assess its suitability for the farming system, soil type and moisture profile; or to sow a trial, or multiple trials, under different seasonal conditions on-farm; or to lease the machine so it can be tested for performance...
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But technology capable of taking highresolution photographs of up to 10,000 grains per sample and comparing them against a standard reference in as little as two to three minutes promises to change all that... Because of the international nature of the project, Mr McMullen says that varieties from other exporting countries will need to be added to the reference files compiled in Australia... Mr McMullen says manufacturers of the technology know that because of the rapid advances in their industry the prototypes will rapidly become obsolete, so they are making substantial investments in ongoing technical developments...
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Market champions needed for pea hay.. Establishing a new product on the market is often a tricky business, and that is a truism known all too well to those experimenting with pea hay... Finding buyers for the product has been one of the biggest challenges, particularly in years when there is plenty of vetch on the market, and Mr Hamilton has taken a break from the crop this year...
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Market champions needed for pea hay.. Establishing a new product on the market is often a tricky business, and that is a truism known all too well to those experimenting with pea hay... Finding buyers for the product has been one of the biggest challenges, particularly in years when there is plenty of vetch on the market, and Mr Hamilton has taken a break from the crop this year...
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In May, GRDC chairman Keith Perrett and the Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Peter Walsh, turned the first sod to ceremonially mark the start of construction of the new Australian Grains Genebank at Horsham, Victoria... When construction is completed in November it will be the southern hub complementing the University of Sydney's I.A. Watson Grains Research Centre at Narrabri, New South Wales, (the northern hub) and the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) in Perth (the western hub), which is a partnership between GRDC and the Western Australian Government... These first three hubs will continue to build on the international research links that the GRDC has already established with bodies such as the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, and the major global companies whose business is the development of advanced crops, products and services...
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The system being trialled comprises a nitrogen generator with pressure swing adsorption (PSA) technology, a condenser, and a diesel air-compressor with an add-on alternator to produce 240 volts of power... When attached to a silo, the system removes oxygen and generates 99.5 per cent pure nitrogen, an inert gas that already comprises 78 per cent of the Earth's atmosphere... When nitrogen is pumped into the silo from the nitrogen generator, insects are simply deprived of the oxygen needed for life...
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Ocean buffer becomes a grain marketing masterstroke.. Kangaroo Island grower Michael Mills is expecting astute marketing of his grain to drive even higher premiums going forward... After an inconsistent 2011 season on the family's 1500-hectare Parndana East property, Michael is expecting better results this year and has also diversified into low-protein biscuit wheats, which attract higher margins over bread wheat...
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Wheat report monitors quality issues.. The 2014 Australian Wheat Quality Report is providing market intelligence for the users of Australian wheat... AEGIC's chief executive officer David Fienberg says millers, bakers and other processors rely on technical data such as protein, moisture and flour extraction levels to understand the functionality of the wheat they are using...
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