“The country’s improved... It’s been fantastic for the farm and things have really picked up.”
The most significant records broken this year were in the State’s South West, Great Southern and Wheatbelt, with the Mid West not far behind.
EXCLUSIVE Shannon Verhagen
While it has been a near perfect start to the season, it has driven a surge in demand for fertiliser and supplies have run short.
Already this year, it has been detected in the Esperance region, Mount Barker, Mount Madden, Lake King, Borden and Williams.
Some workers picking grapes and zucchinis on Australian farms are earning less than $1 per hour, with unions labelling worker exploitation near ubiquitous.
Australia’s biggest grain exporter expects to pump about $250 million a year into its Wheatbelt network in coming years but it will need to increase its fees to help cover the costs.
“The quality of the program is still there, it’s got one of the most amazing networks and they will definitely be travelling overseas at some point — it’s just a matter of when.”
“They’re getting growth on the shoulders of the season, so instead of growing for five months you’re growing for six or seven. It makes a big difference — Western Australia’s a desert.”
Former CBH chairman Wally Newman has been unsuccessful in his bid to return to the board he walked away from 14 months ago amid controversy.
Six candidates vied for just two positions on the board, one in District One and the other in District Four.
WA’s $14.2 billion grain industry has avoided disaster thanks to the keen eyes of a WA warehouse staff member, who detected khapra beetle activity in a shipment of cardboard last week.
Early product development for a range of new WA-grown lupin products has been a slam dunk, with an oat milk and noodles derived from the regeneratively-grown grain set to hit shelves by Christmas.
The end of seeding has signalled the start of heavy-duty clean-up efforts for Mid West farmers still picking up the pieces after cyclone Seroja smashed through.
CBH’s plans to build one of WA’s biggest fertiliser storage facilities at Kwinana are being examined by the environmental watchdog.
EXCLUSIVE, Cally Dupe
Murdoch University has welcomed four new scientists to its Food Futures Institute, with hopes they will strengthen the university’s leading position in agricultural sciences.
Researchers from The University of WA’s Institute of Agriculture have used genome mapping on chickpea root traits to improve the efficiency of phosphorus acquisition and use.
New York State’s Julie Young came to Kulin in 2012 on a seven-month adventure ... and she’s never left
WA’s outlook is in stark contrast to the rest of the country, which is anticipated to see above average winter falls.
Grain will be sourced from across Australia, including WA, and exported from multiple Australian ports to Saudi Arabia.
After a tough few years battling frost and drought, there are hopes the tides are turning for Newdegate farmers.
Walkaway grain, sheep and cattle farmer Josh Garratt’s investment in one of the latest blockage monitoring systems, has proved valuable this seeding, particularly in sowing canola at low rates.
CBH Group has named Ben Macnamara as its acting chief executive, following the resignation of Jimmy Wilson last week.
Mouse numbers have increased in parts of rural WA, prompting calls for farmers to watch closely for further signs of the rodents to avoid a repeat of the horrific plague gripping eastern Australia.
Jenne Brammer and Cally Dupe
It has been dubbed a “game changer” for WA’s rangelands, but has drawn varying opinions as to its’ potential in the Wheatbelt, where the State Government has set its sights on a $15million investment.
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