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[Photo (left) by Brad Collis: Bill Yates] "Tertiary education is the greatest gift anyone can give their kids, particularly when they are in agriculture, as it creates options within and beyond the farm," Bill says... "Education counters isolation, builds confidence, opens the way to establish networks and develops the capacity to analyse, plan and develop a business, to sift through the plethora of information into clear decision-making.".. With a Diploma of Agricultural Economics and a Masters in Professional Accounting, done externally following a Masters in Rural Science from the University of New England (UNE) in 1972, it is no surprise Bill also laments what he sees as a lack of business focus in agricultural research...
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Catalogue: GRDC Factsheets
Machinery in cropping enterprises can be up to 30 per cent of a business's total asset value, land being the other main asset... A business with an average annual farm income of $1 million may plan to spend an average of $80,000 to $140,000 per year on machinery capital replacement... The items can be financed to spread the annual capital cost...
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Catalogue: GRDC Factsheets
Machinery in cropping enterprises can be up to 30 per cent of a business's total asset value, land being the other main asset... A business with an average annual farm income of $1 million may plan to spend an average of $80,000 to $140,000 per year on machinery capital replacement... The items can be financed to spread the annual capital cost...
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Catalogue: GRDC Factsheets
Machinery in cropping enterprises can be up to 30 per cent of a business's total asset value, land being the other main asset... A business with an average annual farm income of $1 million may plan to spend an average of $80,000 to $140,000 per year on machinery capital replacement... The items can be financed to spread the annual capital cost...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
In recent years, GRDC machinery investment has focused on how machinery works in the farming system... "To date GRDC has invested in machinery in the farming system but not in the development of engineering solutions for specific problems," explains the GRDC"s Martin Blumenthal, manager of agronomy, soils and environment... [Photo (left) by Emma Leonard: Researcher Dr Jack Desbiolles with a selection of stubbleclearers being tested to help reduce blockages with no-till seeding systems.] "Until we really understand how soil moves around a point or disc, and what is happening in the seeding trench, we cannot develop a seeding system that creates the ideal seeding environment," he says...
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Increasing the focus on farm biosecurity makes good sense to LeAnne and Wes Judd, dairy farmers who grow grain and fodder for their dairy on the Condamine River in Queensland... After attending a farm biosecurity and grain storage workshop last year, LeAnne has initiated several biosecurity activities for their farming operation... "The main reason we moved to Riverton from Emu Vale, east of Warwick, was to expand our business and ensure our sons had a future in the industry," LeAnne says...
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Dr Hare was working as a plant breeder for the then NSW Department of Primary Industries (now Industry and Investment NSW) at Tamworth when his accident happened... Dr Hare says one of the innovations introduced in plot harvesters following his accident is a feature that requires the operator to be in the harvester cabin while it is operating, and no other staff are needed to assist with the harvesting operation... Mr Temperley says entanglement in exposed drive belts and drive shafts on augers remains the greatest risk to farm workers, followed by electrocution when harvesters and augers are being moved and make contact with overhead powerlines...
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Machinery investment can have significant implications on the ability of a farm business to produce grain profitably... As an example, a recent case study of a modest wheat-growing farm near Booleroo Centre in upper-north South Australia compared investment in machinery with cost of production of wheat ( Table 2 )... Running a level of machinery investment significantly above what would be regarded as reasonable resulted in the cost of production of wheat in an average year rising by $14 per tonne, even after allowing a five per_cent improvement in productivity due to better equipment...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
The core issue addressed is the elimination of lateral slip of the implement... A thorough analytical study has been undertaken by the researchers and has come up with a design that has special controls on the seeding unit which will enable the streamlined seed placement... The commercial arm of the University of New South Wales has expressed its desire to patent the new invention...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Grain growers urged to "future proof" machinery investment Grain growers are encouraged to "future proof" their farm machinery investment by factoring into their equipment purchasing decision-making the expected evolution of agricultural technology and the capabilities of currently available machinery... The advice comes from central New South Wales primary producer and Nuffield Scholar James Hassall who has studied the future role of precision agriculture (PA) and the new technologies being developed to enhance PA. Mr Hassall says the development of new PA electronic equipment has allowed growers to increase the efficiency of their operations and develop new farming practices the technology can become superseded relatively quickly and does not tend to hold its capital value... Speaking at recent Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) technical research Updates in the southern cropping region, Mr Hassall gave growers an insight into the future of agricultural technology and what it means for machinery currently in use...
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