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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Jamie Grant has developed a machine to renovate the wheel tracks on his property near Jimbour, Queensland... Queensland grower Jamie Grant has developed a novel scraper using two 900-millimetre-wide buckets to renovate the wheel tracks on his controlled-traffic farm near Jimbour... To renovate the wheel tracks, Jamie decided he wanted to use two small drag buckets the width of each wheel track (900mm) to scrape soil off the peaks and fill the troughs that had been hollowed out as machinery trafficked wet spots...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
Keywords: farm business management, increasing scale, escalating costs, volatility, people.. As a farm becomes bigger and involves another generation, there is a need to turn our attention to the people inside the organisation and the formalities (job descriptions, staff reviews, training, individual equity in the business) needed to foster their individual long term growth and development... As grain farming has become a more sophisticated business, there is a heightened need to source reliable, skilled and informed assistance to enhance the quality of decision making...
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The policy and schedule can help focus purchase decisions on farm efficiency and profitability.. While government rebates, good deals and discounts will come and go, a machinery replacement policy can remove the emotion and provide guidance that reflects the strategic requirements of an individual business over the medium to long term... A machinery replacement policy captures the philosophy of a business towards machinery upgrades and renewal...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
Management Decision for Cropping Advisers - Philip OCallaghan, ORM Consulting, Bendigo.. If their advisers understand these business characteristics, then advice can be tailored to best suit each business... The best advice for one farm may not be the best for a neighbouring farm, so advisers should be aware of the business variables and adapt their advice to suit each business...
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Weeds researcher Peter Newman is encouraging growers with autosteer on their headers who burn harvest windrows for weed seed control to move their windrows by one metre each year to minimise the amount of nutrients lost from windrowed stubble... If the header follows a different path each year, the potassium is eventually redistributed across the paddock and only nitrogen is lost, Mr Newman says... With higher fertiliser prices and most headers fitted with autosteer, he says "the game has changed and we need to react "...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Weeds researcher Peter Newman is encouraging growers with autosteer on their headers who burn harvest windrows for weed seed control to move their windrows by one metre each year to minimise the amount of nutrients lost from windrowed stubble... If the header follows a different path each year, the potassium is eventually redistributed across the paddock and only nitrogen is lost, Mr Newman says... With higher fertiliser prices and most headers fitted with autosteer, he says "the game has changed and we need to react "...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates (South)
The paper firstly reviews how land values have increased over the last 20 years and the rate at which they have increased... In conjunction with the Management Team and Assistant Manager ensure that the property secure at all times and the property takes on a tidy appearance, and that tidiness is maintained... A recent survey conducted by Michael Pengilley suggests that 53 per cent of those surveyed (those working in agriculture; predominantly farmers) own a smartphone with 36 per cent owning a tablet (n=662)...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
Options include increasing the capacity or number of header(s) we own, bringing in contractors, starting harvest earlier with aeration drying through a large storage complex, and methods to improve harvesting efficiency (chaser and mother bins)... For many the extreme rainfall events over 2010 resulted in income losses similar to the value of a header, suggesting if they purchased a second header then it could have paid for itself in one year... In the base case of a class 8 header the total cost of harvesting is $13.22/tonne (from table 2) plus $3/tonne to increase harvest efficiency by 30% with a chaser bin for a total of $16.22/t...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
The aim of the study was to quantify the economic benefits of PA on six farms across SA... Savings using VRT were calculated from comparing variable rate fertiliser application with a previous "blanket" rate of fertiliser used before PA was employed... Production increases from VRT were calculated from higher yields achieved by increasing fertiliser rates on low fertility areas of paddocks...
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Catalogue: GRDC Factsheets
Successful farm businesses know the cost of production of each commodity they produce... Copies of all the above fact sheets are FREE plus P&H and available from: Ground Cover Direct Freephone: 1800 11 00 44 or email: ground-cover-direct@canprint.com.au These can also be downloaded from www.GRDC.com.au/fbm could be made that the figures are giving barley a bad rap, due to it being the crop of choice when 'rolling the dice' in a tight season... For example, if you have $1m of machinery and $800k of it is solely cropping related, then apportion the depreciation to the cropping enterprise...
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