Welcome to Farmanco Facts, July 2019!
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This month’s Editorial is written by Ben Curtis, Farm Management Consultant out of Esperance.
Blake O’Meagher says that the level of paddock data and information we have access to now is becoming more apparent within the industry, as technology service providers and machinery manufacturers offer more opportunities to gather data and production insight into paddock productivity and capabilities.
Andrew Smith says that an integrated approach needs to be taken to manage blackleg disease in canola (which is becoming an increasing issue).
Greg Easton reviews land value trends; how much to pay; and return on investment.
Jane Packard introduces the new pricing service, Farmanco Grain Market.
Stacey Bell writes about a recent Farmanco project undertaken with MLA regarding the return on investment of implementing electronic identification tags in a commercial sheep flock. It focuses on the south west of Western Australia.
Following are the ‘key points’ of these articles:
Precision decisions – building the paddock database for improved management decisions and applications: by Blake O’Meagher, Agronomist & Precision Ag Specialist
|The importance and value of building data layers to help make better management decisions, on farm, today.||Even without the use of Precision Application Technology, the use of single and multiple data sets provides valuable information to make more efficient and economical management decisions.|
|Building paddock trials to measure responses and application decisions.|
Blackleg is becoming more of an issue: How to best manage it: by Andrew Smith, Agronomist
|An integrated approach needs to be taken to manage blackleg disease in canola.||Later seasonal breaks increase blackleg infection risk, due to the timing of spore shower release.|
|Blackleg is becoming an increasing issue, due to the breakdown of resistance genes in some common varieties.||BlacklegCM is a new app available to assist with disease management. Farmanco will be testing in the field as part of a 2-year GRDC funded project.|
Farmland Values: by Greg Easton, Farm Management Consultant
|Farmland values continue to rise over the long term.||Growth is sporadic with declines, flat periods and strong growth periods.|
|Land is increasingly scarce.||In global terms, our land values are still reasonable.|
|How to work out what is a reasonable value.|
Getting started with Farmanco Grain Market: by Jane Packard, Grain Marketing Analyst
|Farmanco Marketing clients now have access to the ‘Farmanco Grain Market’ price service.||Prices are live throughout the day.|
|Includes a mobile app.||You can control your price lists to show any combination and number of prices, across port zones and seasons.|
|Prices include cash, swaps, futures, basis, and currency.|
Benefits of incorporation eID technology into your sheep flock: by Stacey Bell, Farm Management Consultant (trainee)
|Sheep producers now have a variety of technologies available to help improve their flocks and increase profitability.||A project is underway to determine the ideal entry point and flock size when implementing eID technology.|
|There are many qualitative advantages of using eID technology.||Some concerns have been expressed by producers.|
Every edition of Farmanco Facts includes updated Wool and Livestock Reports for WA and NSW/VIC, prepared by Richard Brake, Farm Management Consultant.