Factsheets

  • Making good farm-expansion decisions

    2 Oct 2017

    Farm expansion involves increasing business scale to become larger, more productive or more profitable. Expand your farm, get the Fact Sheet now.

  • Determining the optimum level of investment in harvest machinery

    2 Oct 2017

    Are you considering contracting or owning your own machine? This Fact Sheet will help you decide.

  • Personal Property Security Register – assisting growers to manage credit risk

    2 Oct 2017

    This Fact Sheet is an important tool for grain growers who are selling or buying grain, equipment and engaging in other farm business transactions. Read about Personal Property Security Register to manage your risk.

  • Documenting a contract harvest agreement – what you need to know

    2 Oct 2017

    Documenting a contract harvest agreement – what the farm business manager needs to know to get

  • Establishing or transitioning to an appropriate business structure

    2 Oct 2017

    Is it time to make a change to your business structure? Use this Fact Sheet to know the right time and what change to make.

  • Resistance Management Strategy for the Green Peach Aphid in Australia Grains

    21 Aug 2016

    In Australia, the green peach aphid (GPA), Myzus persicae, primarily attacks canola and pulse crops, as well as being a common pest in horticulture. This fact sheet outlines the resistance management strategy for GPA.

  • Sunflower nutrition

    21 Aug 2016

    Crop nutrition is a vital management consideration for profitable sunflower production. Getting the rightbalance and supply of nutrients will maximise sunflower yield and oil quality.

  • Key Financial Ratios

    21 Aug 2016

    Understanding your key financial ratios helps manage your farm business sustainability.As farm businesses become more sophisticated and owners strive ever harder to improve profitability and create wealth, the move beyond simple measures of physical production to whole business analysis is gaining momentum. The use of financial ratio and benchmark analysis has become increasingly popular with progressive farm business operators in recent years.

  • Peanut off-flavours

    21 Aug 2016

    In 2008, earthy, musty off-flavours were detected in peanuts in North Queensland, which led to over $1 million of product downgrades. The problem has not been recorded, or studied, anywhere else in the world except North Queensland. GRDC-funded research has discovered the major cause of this off-flavour contamination. The GRDC has developed guidelines for a number of pre-harvest and post-harvest practices to minimise the risk.

  • Precision Agriculture

    21 Aug 2016

    How to put precision agriculture into practice Precision agriculture (PA), also known as site-specific farming, is about doing the right thing, in the right place, in the right way, at the right time.

  • Fertiliser Toxicity

    21 Aug 2016

    Care with fertiliser and seed placement:Increased row spacing and zero-till seeding can result in more fertiliser being placed in the seeding row, causing damage to emerging seedlings. This risk can be reduced by increasing the spread of seed and fertiliser in the row, reducing in-furrow fertiliser rates or separating seed and fertiliser bands.

  • Root-Lesion Nematodes

    21 Aug 2016

    Growing resistant crops and tolerant wheat varieties is the key for management of root-lesion nematodes (RLN).

  • Farm advisory boards

    21 Aug 2016

    Advisory boards can strengthen accountability to lift productivity and profitability without compromising traditional farm ownership autonomy. They can also reduce stress upon individual growers and their immediate families by sharing and consolidating the process of strategic and tactical decisions.

  • Keeping sorghum safe

    21 Aug 2016

    Keeping sorghum safe when using metolachlor-based herbicides. To reduce seedling injuries, applying Concep® II seed safener is an essential step for growers.

  • High Profits from Grain

    7 Nov 2017

    The average cropping farmer, according to ABARE figures shows a profit of around 3% of assets managed. Farmers in Agripath benchmarking average around 6%, while the top 20% of farms achieve around 10%. This fact sheet looks at the ways farmers can improve their profits.

  • Managing Soil Water To Improve Grain Profits

    7 Nov 2017

    Top farmers achieve high profits, partly due to good soil water management. These three fact sheets look at the ways farmers in QLD and NSW can manage soil water to improve their profits.

  • Tips & Tactics: Managing wild oats

    3 Jun 2018

    Control wild oats through crop rotations, smart herbicide use and minimising grain sample contamination. Integrated Weed Management—including correct use of herbicides and other effective agronomic and non-chemical tactics - is crucial for managing wild oats.

  • Grain Storage: Grain Fumigation Guide

    22 Aug 2016

    In order to kill grain pests at all stages of their life cycle (egg, larva, pupa, adult), phosphine gas needsto reach, and be maintained at, a concentration possible only in a gas-tight storage.

  • Break Crop Benefits - West

    22 Aug 2016

    Introducing broadleaf crops into the rotation offers a range of benefits, especially in relation to disease and weed control. In mixed farming systems pastures can offer an alternative break crop option.

  • Snail Bait Application

    22 Aug 2016

    Applying snail bait with a spreader after seeding is a common control method on Yorke Peninsula but recent research has shown growers need to adjust their spreader settings for more effective coverage.