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Cropping enterprises achieve better profits when the total spent on fertiliser and chemicals as part of farm inputs is in the range of 25 - 28% of the five year average income... For intensive croppers with high cost paddocks, a 20% reduction in crop area can maintain profits while reducing production and financial risk... Profit is driven by income and costs the impact on income should be considered when changing costs. '..
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Shaun Nolan says diminishing market returns were the catalyst for major changes to their farm management, aimed mostly at efficiency improvements... "Without the moves to finetune efficiency in grain, forage and beef cattle production in the past decade, I doubt our family would still be farming today," Shaun says bluntly... Leaving behind work as an agronomist with Queensland Cotton, Shaun has spearheaded the changes since returning in 2003 to the property he farms with his wife, Amanda, and parents, John and Elizabeth...
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Infant formula in China may seem far removed from the Australian grains industry, but it is a prime target for a $50 million expansion of GrainCorp's oilseed crushing and refining facility at Numurkah, Victoria... Speaking at the Australian Grains Industry Conference in Melbourne at the end of July, GrainCorp CEO Mark Palmquist said the oilseed investment reflected the changing profile of customers in Asia... Mr Palmquist said that following the melamine contamination of infant formula in China in 2008, food safety was a high priority, and Australia was well placed to meet food-safety concerns due to the high level of transparency in its production and processing systems...
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Infant formula in China may seem far removed from the Australian grains industry, but it is a prime target for a $50 million expansion of GrainCorp's oilseed crushing and refining facility at Numurkah, Victoria... Speaking at the Australian Grains Industry Conference in Melbourne at the end of July, GrainCorp CEO Mark Palmquist said the oilseed investment reflected the changing profile of customers in Asia... Mr Palmquist said that following the melamine contamination of infant formula in China in 2008, food safety was a high priority, and Australia was well placed to meet food-safety concerns due to the high level of transparency in its production and processing systems...
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Charles Brett, who has grain farms in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, is focused on producing high-protein wheat targeted to Asian market needs... "Last year we had prolonged cold weather, which caused the chickpeas to abort six to seven positions, and when the temperature warmed it became very hot very quickly, resulting in a limited window to finish the crop," Charles says... Charles and Fiona's son Hamish, 25, recently returned to the farm to run the business, freeing Charles to increase the time he devotes to off-farm interests, an investment he hopes will deliver tangible benefits to local growers and the broader grain-growing community...
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Charles Brett, who has grain farms in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, is focused on producing high-protein wheat targeted to Asian market needs... "Last year we had prolonged cold weather, which caused the chickpeas to abort six to seven positions, and when the temperature warmed it became very hot very quickly, resulting in a limited window to finish the crop," Charles says... Charles and Fiona's son Hamish, 25, recently returned to the farm to run the business, freeing Charles to increase the time he devotes to off-farm interests, an investment he hopes will deliver tangible benefits to local growers and the broader grain-growing community...
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