Rather than seeing sustainability accreditation as a burden, the grains industry should be set to grab new chances it presents.
National Grains Industry Reporter
Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.
The head of Nutrien Ag Solutions has said the ag advisory sector must do the heavy lifting in helping growers bolster yield.
Grain Producers Australia has teamed up with GrainCorp to provide site induction training modules.
Traditional wheat breeding powerhouse AGT continues to increase its presence in the barley space, releasing three new varieties.
Australia's cropped area may level out around current levels but there is scope for more grain production due to yield gains.
Further advances in Australia's grain production will more likely come from yield gains rather than more planted area according to a report.
The wet winter has been good for cropping prospects, but it is not all positive, the moist conditions are also ideal for a fungal disease.
As Australia closes in on its peak cropped area there is no such issue in Brazil, where fertile land can easily be brought into cropping.
Farmers are being warned if they participate in a sustainability scheme they will have to be prepared to be audited.
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