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  • What is happening in grain farming in Eastern Europe and how does it apply to Australia?

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    23.03.2015
    Presented At
    Geraldton, Merredin and Katanning GRDC Farm Business Updates 23rd, 25th and 26th March 2015
    Region
    Overseas

    • Execution of the plan; make sure three keys are executed timely- plant on time, spray on time and harvest on time. If these three keys are executed well you will limit risk.
    • Identify your most expensive assets and make sure they are maximized to the fullest.
    • Employees – structure, instructions, training, engagement, initiative, empowerment and motivation are crucial to success.

  • The five pillars - how they apply to you and your lives

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    23.03.2015
    Presented At
    Geraldton, Merredin and Katanning GRDC Farm Business Updates 23rd, 25th and 26th March 2015

    • Resilience is the ability to continually perform at a standard regardless of outside stresses/pressures.
    • The ‘five pillars’ provide a structure to reflect on and devise a plan to gain a positive result.
    • We all have options and options provide hope, enthusiasm and instigate action.

  • What is the role of the accountant and what must they do to ensure their clients are getting the essential services?

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    23.03.2015
    Presented At
    Geraldton, Merredin and Katanning GRDC Farm Business Update 23rd, 25th and 26th March 2015
    Region
    West

    • The statutory essentials for your business are just the start.
    • There are a significant number of extra services that Byfields considers to be essential - they are not "add-ons".
    • Without these, dollars will be left on the table through a lack of planning. In extreme cases, farm viability can be put under threat without adequate planning.
    • Regular contact with your accountant throughout the year is an absolute must for these services to be delivered. He/she is also a key for arranging the involvement of other specialist service providers such as lawyers, insurance brokers, etc.
    • A quality accountant is:
    1. good technically - a specialist in his/her industry, and primary production taxation is certainly a specialist industry,
    2. has a natural interest and passion in what he/she is doing, and;
    3. equipped with the resources to provide their services.

  • Analysing and discussing risk in farming businesses

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    23.03.2015
    Presented At
    Geraldton, Merredin and Katanning GRDC Farm Business Update 23rd, 25th and 26th March 2015

    • Farming is the most volatile sector of the Australian economy and by inference the most risky. To cope with this volatility many farmers have developed strategies for production and price variability so they remain in farming.
    • Agricultural extension can take little credit for farmer’s current approach to risk management. Most farmers have developed risk strategies based on intuition and experience rather than on useful extension materials and knowledgeable advisory support.
    • One component of the Grain and Graze 2 program is to support farmers, advisers and consultants to understand and discuss risk. A pilot program conducted in Southern Victoria has developed a risk analysis and discussion format to help farmers quantify the risk in their farming business (the risk profile) and then discuss the implications of the results.
    • This paper presents the approach used and feedback from farmers, advisers and bankers involved in the pilot study.

  • What's going on with frost?

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    20.03.2015
    Presented At
    Lockhart GRDC Grains Research Update, 20th March 2015
    Region
    National, South

    • Frost is a recognised production risk but incidence and severity is hard to predict.
    • CSIRO data suggests the length of the frost season has increased across southern Australia.
    • Screening of wheat varieties to frost is underway to assess the range in genetic responses.
    • Sowing time is a key driver of yield and needs to be planned in relation to yield, frost and heat.
    • Tactics to reduce frost risk include matching varieties to sowing time and maturity through to burning, farm zoning and changing the enterprise mix.

  • UAVs in broadacre agriculture - is there profit in pixels?

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    20.03.2015
    GRDC Project Code
    GRDC funded Nuffield Scholarship
    Presented At
    Lockhart GRDC Grains Research Update, 20th March 2015
    Region
    National, South

    • Despite US lagging behind in regulations to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), there are lots of innovative companies attempting to make money in the space. E.g. Agribotix has commercialised the whole workflow from data to actionable information.
    • UAVs, like satellite imagery are a remote sensing platform. The operational function of the UAV needs to be understood, but most of the complexity lies in the sensor and data processing. Cost benefit of UAV versus satellite data should be considered.
    • Several challenges exist that need to be considered before relying on UAV technology. Some include repeatability and data calibration, spatial accuracy, handling data processes and integrating with existing precision agriculture systems

  • The Gilmac case - a successful Australian agribusiness

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    19.03.2015
    Presented At
    Bendigo GRDC Farm Business Update 19th March 2015

    • Maintain a commitment to high standards in product quality and in performance reliability in dealing with customers, suppliers and staff.
    • Drive to innovate, i.e. finding ways to do things better – turning problems into opportunities.

  • The quality versus quantity debate

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    19.03.2015
    Presented At
    Bendigo GRDC Farm Business Update 19th March 2015
    Region
    National, Overseas

    • Feed grain prices are likely to have greater variability than those of human consumption grades.
    • The price spread between feed grain and human consumption grain will be driven by how much of each there is available domestically.
    • Price implications should also be included when deciding on producing specific feed grades (i.e. don’t focus only on agronomic factors).

  • Tackling subsoil constraints - what are some options?

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    18.03.2015
    GRDC Project Code
    ULA00008
    Presented At
    Sale GRDC Grains Research Update, 18th March 2015
    Region
    South

    • The impact of subsoil constraints on agricultural productivity both at the farm and nation level is huge.
    • Identifying, understanding and managing these constraints require a variety of approaches; it is often difficult, but if successful has the potential to increase productivity dramatically.
    • Subsoil manuring (SSM) increases crop yields in South Western Victoria.
    • More needs to be known about Gippsland sub soils.
    • In situ subsoil manuring may address some problems with the present reliance on chicken litter.
    • Modelling may aid in identifying those soils/regions that are most likely to respond to SSM.

  • Irrigation and automation - a look to the future

    Research Updates

    Grains

    Article Date
    12.03.2015
    Presented At
    Finley GRDC Farm Business Update 12th March 2015
    Region
    South

    • Combining wireless sensors, computer modelling and automation technologies can help you develop your own customised irrigation water management system.
    • Don’t let the availability of connectivity limit your farming practice - create your own internet connectivity if necessary.