Grain farmers are benefiting from good subsoil moisture from earlier rains, an early break to the season and strong grain prices.
The average value per hectare of WA farmland is $3066 after a 19.3 per cent surge in 2020, thanks to low interest rates, good grain prices and a reasonable season
One three-year term position is available in CBH’s District One, while one two-year term position is available in District Four.
CBH board candidates will need to watch their mouth or risk being expelled from the contest as the grain handler aims to improve the behaviour of those vying for a director’s role.
The former CBH board chair launched legal proceedings against Mr Hassell mid-last year and sued him for defamation over two matters between December 2019 and February 2020.
EXCLUSIVE Cally Dupe
A wetter and better start to the season than usual prompted an early Easter start to seeding for York farmer Erin Emin.
“It’s good to actually seed into some moisture for once.”
The region will have more of a golden glow than usual, with growers expected to add up to 15 per cent more canola into their rotations to take advantage of the moist soil conditions and high prices.
It will bring canola, wheat and barley plantings into a roughly one-third split in their rotation, which also includes 200ha of lupins and 75ha of hay.
WA produces more than half of Australia’s oats, but for almost 20 years the national oat breeding program has been based in South Australia. That is changing to WA.
The boss of Australia’s biggest investor in grains research has defended accusations WA farmers aren’t getting bang for their buck from their annual spend on projects to increase crop profitability.
The Newdegate farmer has put himself forward for a district four position, exactly a year after departing the board he served on for 20 years.
The greenhouse has been constructed with transparent solar power that provide power and have insulting properties which help control the microclimate to deliver higher yields.
Rain has come at the perfect time for farmers across the Great Southern.
WA plant breeder InterGrain will join forces with two Australian universities to improve barley “yield stability among climate variability” after being awarded a lucrative Federal Government grant.
CBH has taken its above-rail operations to market as it approaches the end of a 10-year contract with existing rail operator Watco Australia.
Grain Producers Australia has doubled down on calls for the creation of a $20 million, industry-managed fund to help barley growers find new markets.
Widespread rain across nearly all of the State’s farming areas has set WA grain growers up for their best start to the season in more than a decade — once the clean up effort is complete.
Mid West exporters face an anxious wait to learn when port operations will resume as authorities assess the damage left behind in the wake of Cyclone Seroja.
A long-running legal battle between two former CBH directors — one who is now WAFarmers president — will drag on for the foreseeable future after a mediation session failed to reach an outcome.
Cally Dupe & Jenne Brammer
A “super high oleic” safflower is set to touch down in the Wheatbelt next month as trials begin to see how the winter crop used to produce industrial-grade plant-based oil fares across the State.
EXCLUSIVE, Shannon Verhagen
Come spring, a small group of WA growers’ paddocks will be awash with a different shade of gold as they swap deep ripping for trials of a biological option — safflower.
The delays are likely costing WA tens of millions of dollars and are jeopardising the State’s enviable reputation as a reliable supplier.
WA farmers are set to pocket at least $80 million in carbon credits, thanks to a new Perth-based company which rewards them for storing carbon.
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