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This month’s Editorial is written by Chris Robinson, Agronomist and with a nod to the unexpected election result, Chris suggests that with some tactical thinking, planning and a little luck anything can be achieved ‘against the odds’. And he writes,
Some tactical changes in rotations, some forward planning for supplementary feeding of livestock, knowing and understanding of production potentials, having someone to help make well measured decisions are all required to beat the odds. Oh, and good spring rains is the little bit of luck we need. …. .”
David Ward, Farm Management Consultant talks through what it takes to produce a tonne of grain in each of the rainfall zones, based on the Farmanco Profit Series benchmark data for 2019, providing a decision base for early planning on inputs for a below-average year. Example table below:
Brent Pritchard, Agronomist provides some techniques on improving pastures through manipulation. Mae Connelly, Grain Marketer reviews the potential of blockchain technology in grain marketing. Following are the ‘key points’ of these articles:
Revise your Production Costs for 2019, by David Ward, Farm Management Consultant
|Limited subsoil moisture has reduced yield potential in much of the north and central region of Western Australia||The southern region maintains potential for above average yields|
|Frost remains a risk for most of the state given emergence is likely to be delayed||Models are projecting a drier than average winter, decile 4–7 in WA|
Pasture Manipulation, by Brent Pritchard, Agronomist
|Assess feed requirements and density before starting||Manipulate pastures early for best weed control|
|Spray grazing may contribute to herbicide resistance||Fix more nitrogen by increasing legume density|
Blockchain in Grain Marketing, by Mae Connelly, Grain Marketer
|Blockchain allows digital information to be distributed, but not copied or changed without everyone who has access agreeing||It is starting to transform how financial transactions are performed|
|Advantages of blockchain include faster payments, lower supply chain costs and improved traceability along supply chains||Blockchain is already being used in grain marketing|
|Issues with blockchain include slowness, expense of electricity required to run blockchain networks, and potential lack of privacy|
Every edition of Farmanco Facts includes updated Wool and Livestock Reports for WA and NSW/VIC, prepared by Richard Brake, Farm Management Consultant.