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  • Performance of current northern farming systems

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    03.09.2015
    GRDC Project Code
    CSA00050
    Presented At
    Dalby GRDC Farm Business Update 3rd September 2015

    • There is potential to improve the performance of current northern farming systems.
    • Cropping intensity, the management of fallows and the configuration of crop sequences appear to be key areas where improvements are possible.
    • here are trade-offs between sequences that maximise profit and optimising resource efficiency and minimising threats to the cropping system.
    • More intense crop sequences with more double crops can increase system production and water-use-efficiency but they also increase economic risk.
    • Most sequences are at risk from increasing soil-pathogens, nutrient depletion and weed management challenges - systems involving alternative ‘break-crops’ or more diversity are required.

  • Drivers of profit and success - use of technology on the farm

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    01.09.2015
    Presented At
    Narrabri GRDC Farm Business Updates 1st September 2015
    Region
    North

    • Satellite is the best bang for your buck for whole farm overview, but can be unreliable (cloud!).
    • Drones are a leap forward, but drain time and are expensive.

  • The future for farming systems - farm smarter, not harder

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    01.09.2015
    Presented At
    Narrabri GRDC Farm Business Update 1st September 2015
    Region
    North

    • Future Australian agriculture will need to hone its efficiency and sustainability through adoption of new technologies and utilisation of data to increase our profitability and maintain our edge over international neighbours.
    • Farming has an image problem. There needs to be a dedicated industry group that is tasked purely to promote Australia agriculture.

  • Managing the dollars and cash flow - the mountains and the moguls

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    01.09.2015
    Presented At
    Narrabri GRDC Farm Business Update 1st September 2015 and Dalby GRDC Farm Business Update 3rd September 2015
    Region
    North

    • Develop and monitor plans, adapt them after seeking advice when particular skillsets are needed.
    • There are numerous options available structure the farm business and its financial flows including tax. Getting the optimum set-up requires understanding the pros and cons of each.
    • A good succession plan will provide a layer of protection for your family business.

  • Sustainability and succession - intergenerational change in a farming family in central west NSW from a grower’s perspective

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    31.08.2015
    Presented At
    Dubbo GRDC Farm Business Update 31st August 2015
    Region
    North

    • Start early.
    • Family comes first and separate it from the business.
    • Be a good listener, be prepared to compromise and respect others needs and opinions.
    • Everyone’s expectations need to be realistic, and don’t forget the big picture.

  • Farming and the numbers - what farmers should know about the economy

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    31.08.2015
    Presented At
    Dubbo GRDC Farm Business Update 31st August 2015, Narrabri GRDC Farm Business Update 1st September 2015 and Dalby GRDC Farm Business Update 3rd September 2015
    Region
    North

    • Australia’s ‘resources boom’ is rapidly fading away.
    • A lower A$ is now helping, in particular tourism, but will also provide a boost to other sectors including agriculture.
    • The Reserve Bank won’t cut interest rates any further – but they will remain low by historical standards for a long time.
    • Rapid growth and rising living standards in Asian economies presents enormous opportunities for Australian agriculture, but Australian agriculture needs to attract capital and boost productivity to capture them.

  • The stories behind the figures

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    31.08.2015
    Presented At
    Dubbo GRDC Farm Business Update 31st August 2015 and Narrabri GRDC Farm Business Update 1st September 2015 and Dalby GRDC Farm Business Update 3 September 2015
    Region
    North

    • Top performers have superior crop sequences to their peers. They make the best use of rainfall, the soils ability to store moisture, and crop choice to achieve high gross margin in the environment they operate in. This is matched with good people and business management skills.
    • Cost management assists profitability on the Top 20% of farms, while teamwork, labour, safety and machinery decisions are also important.

  • Boots and suits - what can corporate and family farms learn from each other?

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    31.08.2015
    Presented At
    Dubbo GRDC Farm Business Update 31st August 2015, Narrabri GRDC Farm Business Update 1st September 2015 and Dalby GRDC Farm Business Update 3rd September 2015
    Region
    North

    • Family farms could benefit from adopting some risk management approaches from corporates.
    • Family farm inter-generational intuition and flexibility can lead to timeliness that corporates could learn from.

  • Skills for a better workplace - get in the Go Zone

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    31.08.2015
    Presented At
    Dubbo GRDC Farm Business Update 31st August, Narrabri GRDC Farm Business Update 1st September and Dalby GRDC Farm Business Update 3rd September 2015
    Region
    North

    • Organise times for intensive activity, moderate decision making and total mental switch-off.

  • Farm business management tools

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    11.08.2015
    GRDC Project Code
    PTP0001
    Presented At
    Presented at Launceston GRDC Farm Business Update 11th August 2015; Wagga Wagga GRDC Farm Business Update 19th August 2015; Ardlethan GRDC Farm Business Update 20th August 2015; Cowra GRDC Farm Business Update 21st August 2015; Dubbo GRDC Farm Business Update 31st August 2015; Narrabri GRDC Farm Business Update 1st September and Dalby GRDC Farm Business Update 3rd September 2015.
    Region
    National, North, South

    • For a sustainable business, monitor annually your business liquidity, efficiency and changes in wealth.
    • Good farm business managers have records that go well beyond their tax return.
    • These are all explained in ‘Farming the Business’, a manual in farm business management.