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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
Farmers must be valued for their skills as primary land managers... If we opened up the membership of our farming organisations in this way, but kept the decision base small so as not to become unwieldy or be overtaken by other agendas, I believe farmers would have more clout... I saw numerous examples in Europe of under utilized land going backwards due to the owners effectively being park rangers, rather than farmers...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Double croppers warm to maize expansion.. The ability to get maize off quickly is important on the Reynolds' 900-hectare property at Congupna, near Shepparton in Victoria, because there, at the southern end of the traditional maize-growing region, high moisture levels can delay harvest, causing yield penalties... The ability to harvest maize earlier and faster using the grain dryer has helped shield the summer crop against this seasonal risk and has also enabled them to expand their irrigated maize country...
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Catalogue: GRDC Publications
The twenty drivers of the future of the industry that were identi ed by the participants at the workshop are listed below (in no particular order)... Overall, farming is subject to and more responsive to political in uence which is disconnected or has no association with the industry... The participants who developed the scenario for this quadrant were faced with conceiving what the industry would be like where there is little willingness to change, global and domestic political in uence did not suit the industry and infrastructure is neither developed nor maintained, and the economics of farming are not good, input prices are high and there is limited diversity of markets...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
While Richard's house, sheds and most crops were spared by a change in wind direction, 700 hectares of his farm were burnt including 230ha of wheat, beans and straw, augers, a tubulator and silo bags... When we spoke to Richard in the aftermath of the fire - while he was coordinating hay donations for livestock producers - he described the situation: "The size and ferocity of this fire was like nothing I'd ever seen... From a farming perspective, homes, sheds and machinery are burnt; fences are gone; livestock were killed or had to be euthanased; many growers have lost unharvested crops as well as the straw they would have baled."..
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
While Richard's house, sheds and most crops were spared by a change in wind direction, 700 hectares of his farm were burnt including 230ha of wheat, beans and straw, augers, a tubulator and silo bags... When we spoke to Richard in the aftermath of the fire - while he was coordinating hay donations for livestock producers - he described the situation: "The size and ferocity of this fire was like nothing I'd ever seen... From a farming perspective, homes, sheds and machinery are burnt; fences are gone; livestock were killed or had to be euthanased; many growers have lost unharvested crops as well as the straw they would have baled."..
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
As growers gear up for another harvest, David Adams looks at concerns raised by industry and the Single vision strategy about the deteriorating condition of transport networks in many parts of Australia"s grainbelt... On South Australia"s Eyre Peninsula, grain-carrying trains are said to have to slow to 10kmh because of the condition of some sections of the narrow gauge lines; just one example of the impact on the industry of a chronic rundown in infrastructure investment over recent decades... The condition of state rail networks is raising concerns across the country, but with the bill to bring them up to scratch estimated to run into hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars, some are suggesting it is time for a radical rethink of the way grain is transported in Australia...
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