Farmanco Facts Jan Feb 2019
Welcome to 2019 and the first edition of Farmanco Facts for the year, which has been out now for a couple of weeks.
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The Editorial this month was written by Tim Haines, Management Consultant at Albury. Tim writes about some of the challenges facing farm businesses in the east of Australia, particularly with regard to irrigation water.
Rob Sands, Management Consultant discusses long-term investments for business; Ben Curtis, Management Consultant explains the challenges of the season in Esperance. He has also written an article on how Donald Trump can make you a better farmer!
David Cameron, Agronomist looks at regulations for pesticide use in Australia and at a relatively new perennial legume pasture, Tedera.
The Farmanco Grain Marketing Team discusses harvest quality and variety review for 2019; and Keith Symondson, CEO takes a brief look at the projects that Farmanco is involved in, and discusses how feedback from those projects will benefit Farmanco clients.
Rob Sands, David Ward, Ben Curtis, Eric Nankivell and Tim Haines provide a debrief of the season around Australia.
Key points from these articles are outlined below:
“Regulations for Pesticide use in Australia”, by David Cameron, Agronomist
|Regulation of pesticides helps manage risk associated with their use||Regulations vary across states, with some doing more to help farmers manage risk than others|
|The process of harmonizing laws across the country is under way||You can influence pesticide access through your GRDC Regional Copping Solution Network (RCSN)|
“Could Donald Trump help you become a better farmer?” by Ben Curtis, Farm Management Consultant
|Negotiation and deal making are a common part of modern farming||Most people can improve their skills in deal making|
|Becoming better at deals and negotiation could be the best training you do for making the biggest improvements in your business||Seek out a mentor and study others who you think are good at it|
“Tedera – a well bred pasture”, by David Cameron, Agronomist
|Tedera is a perennial legume pasture species with good drought tolerance||It has a high nutritional value and there are no known negative animal health issues|
|Up to 40% of its production is in summer-autumn|
“Harvest quality and variety review 2019” by Jane Packard, Grain Marketing Analyst
|The 2018/19 WA crop was the second biggest ever delivered into CBH||This season’s crop is expected to be the highest value crop on record, at up to $7 billion dollars|
|It was another low protein wheat crop, with ASW1 the dominant grade delivered||Malt barley tonnes delivered were more than ample to meet demand|
|Canola oil was lower than the last couple of seasons|
“Farmanco Projects” by Keith Symondson, CEO
Current and ongoing Projects
|The profitable integration of cropping and livestock enterprises||The Return on Investment (ROI) of Using Drones|
|The ROI case of using eID tags||The Nematode Project|
|Crop Sequencing Workshops (ongoing) – next workshops at Ravensthorpe, March 25th and Wickepin, March 28th. See event calendar!||‘Applying Technology Solutions for Improved Frost Detection, Diagnostics and Precision Management Decisions’|
|MLA sponsored visit to leading South African Goat producers (postponed to 2020 due to current SA election risks)||Read January NEWS article on Farmanco Projects.|