The Land - RUTH CASKEY
WIDESPREAD rainfall and improved dam levels have given the country’s cotton crop a much-needed boost, with the industry expecting to plant its biggest area in six years.
Crop estimates have increased dramatically in the past month as access to supplementary flows allowed irrigators to fill storages.
Rainfall has also improved dryland and semi-irrigated cotton prospects.
The rain has come at a good time, coinciding with an increase in the bale price, up to $500 earlier this week.
According to Namoi Cotton trading supervisor Pedr Harvey, growers were currently selling 2017-crop cotton at or just below the $500 mark, and cotton seed was trading at $300 a tonne in most growing regions.
The Land - Andrew Marshall
Australia’s biggest farm services business, Landmark, will potentially be tapping a bigger choice of crop nutrition technology from North America in the wake of a Canadian agribusiness mega-merger unveiled last week.
Fertiliser giants Agrium and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan plan to combine to create a $36 billion fertiliser and farm retailing behemoth.
Landmark has been one of Agrium’s southern hemisphere merchandise, advisory and livestock marketing outposts since late 2010 when the struggling AWB company was privatised and split up.
Despite some whispers in recent years suggesting Agrium was considering off-loading its Australian arm, Landmark management insists there has been no change to the company’s committed local focus.
The Land - Bob Freebairn
Winter fodder crops sown reliably early on good sub soil moisture plus paddocks of dense winter annual legumes in tropical and native grass pastures is part of our system aiming for good quality feed right throughout the year to run a profitable livestock fattening business.
A field day to highlight such a system, by no means the best-conducted one in NSW, but I feel a good example of how to achieve efficient use of erratic rainfall, is scheduled on our property near Coonabarabran on Monday September 12.