It's hard to compete with the Black Sea on wheat when the cost of production is only two thirds that of Australia.
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.
Rainfall patterns are changing, but grain growers are improving their water use efficiency as they battle to maintain productivity.
The officials of beleagured grain and fodder business GrainPro say its business as usual while the company is in voluntary administration.
A leading economist predicts the US / China trade war to drag out until at least next year's US elections.
A French farmer based investor is providing significant sums of capital for ag-based projects across Europe.
Russia has emerged as the dominant players in the world wheat export space, meaning correlation between its currency and wheat prices
A French company is booming due to its policy of showing how much a farmer receives from sales of their product.
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Canola production is likely to be slightly up year on year, on the back of promising seasons in Victoria and SA.
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