Life on the harvest trail

HIS header driving career started 12 years ago, yet long-distance harvesting contractor Peter Stephens is just 22 years old.
HIS header driving career started 12 years ago, yet long-distance harvesting contractor Peter Stephens is just 22 years old.
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AFTER a difficult 18 months dealing with pricing wars and trade deals, Australian dairy farmers will welcome a report on income increases. AFTER a difficult 18 months dealing with pricing wars and trade deals, Australian dairy farmers will welcome a report on income increases.
THE launch of a new macadamia milk product is an indicator of the nut’s diverse potential and golden future. THE launch of a new macadamia milk product is an indicator of the nut’s diverse potential and golden future.
WITH the supply of rural properties on the market still outstripping demand, prices are likely to have stabilised, rather than risen. WITH the supply of rural properties on the market still outstripping demand, prices are likely to have stabilised, rather than risen.
ANGER among National Party MPs at banks' treatment of drought-stricken farmers is creating dangerous divisions in Cabinet. ANGER among National Party MPs at banks' treatment of drought-stricken farmers is creating dangerous divisions in Cabinet.
THE Northern Territory played host to the recent unveiling of the Strategic Export Plan for the Australian Mango Industry.
21 Dec 14 THE Northern Territory played host to the recent unveiling of the Strategic Export Plan for the Australian Mango Industry. | More markets for massive Aus...  | Secret weapon for NT mangoes 
THE intensifying heat from the farm debt debate has prompted a flurry of activity from bankers trying to quell foreclosure fears.
20 Dec 14  2 THE intensifying heat from the farm debt debate has prompted a flurry of activity from bankers trying to quell foreclosure fears. | Betting on the farm pays off...  | 'No need for ­moratorium', say... 
MLA boss Richard Norton is already wondering whether he should allocate more resources towards South East Asia.
20 Dec 14 MLA boss Richard Norton is already wondering whether he should allocate more resources towards South East Asia. | Aussie cattle on a Thai beef roll  | MLA avoiding 'key-man risk' 
Cattle - Beef
BEEKEEPERS are being urged to consider the use of screened hive bottom boards to provide a potential varroa management option.
20 Dec 14 BEEKEEPERS are being urged to consider the use of screened hive bottom boards to provide a potential varroa management option. | World-first data on bee health... 
AN independent review of the Water Act has focused on cutting red tape and improving Basin Plan performance.
19 Dec 14  1 AN independent review of the Water Act has focused on cutting red tape and improving Basin Plan performance. | Changing climate to hit water...  | ACF flags Basin concerns 
VIDEO: LOOKING for the best festive recipe for your baked ham this Christmas? The Land has put together this guide for you.
19 Dec 14 VIDEO: LOOKING for the best festive recipe for your baked ham this Christmas? The Land has put together this guide for you.
AFTER years of turmoil, the Elders AGM in Adelaide yesterday carried a more comfortable and confident tone.
19 Dec 14  1 AFTER years of turmoil, the Elders AGM in Adelaide yesterday carried a more comfortable and confident tone. | GALLERY: Yankee Shout turns 81
THE last week of sheep and lamb sales for the year saw mixed yardings and dearer trends across the country.
19 Dec 14 THE last week of sheep and lamb sales for the year saw mixed yardings and dearer trends across the country. | Breeders flocking to genetic tool  | Sheepmeat rosy, but not wool:... 
THE 175-year-old agribusiness group Elders will shift headquarters from its historic building in the Adelaide CBD next year.
19 Dec 14 THE 175-year-old agribusiness group Elders will shift headquarters from its historic building in the Adelaide CBD next year. | Elders sure of better times  | Elders getting back on track 
WOOLWORTHS suppliers' products could be pulled days before Christmas if they refuse to fund the Cheap Cheap campaign.
19 Dec 14  4 WOOLWORTHS suppliers' products could be pulled days before Christmas if they refuse to fund the Cheap Cheap campaign. | Woolies accused of bullying...  | Woolies goes to town on city sites 
THE Coalition has watered down claims it has slashed water infrastructure funding by half, calling them “completely wrong”.
19 Dec 14 THE Coalition has watered down claims it has slashed water infrastructure funding by half, calling them “completely wrong”. | Water plan no dam good for ag  | Running the well dry for coal 
WARREN Truss is expected to assume the traditional role of acting PM over the festive period as he recovers from a recent illness.
19 Dec 14  1 WARREN Truss is expected to assume the traditional role of acting PM over the festive period as he recovers from a recent illness. | Heat on cabinet over drought...  | Joyce as Deputy PM - a thought... 
THE outlook for pulses is positive for next year, in spite of this year’s poor spring in key pulse growing regions of southern Australia.
19 Dec 14  2 THE outlook for pulses is positive for next year, in spite of this year’s poor spring in key pulse growing regions of southern Australia. | Aussie fabas risk becoming 'has...  | Pulse FTA benefits down the track 
CHANGES to MLA's international team are “head count neutral, revenue neutral” but should deliver long-term efficiencies.
19 Dec 14 CHANGES to MLA's international team are “head count neutral, revenue neutral” but should deliver long-term efficiencies. | Global team restructure for MLA  | MLA's transformation begins at AGM 
Cattle - Beef
WITH earnings from this season's grain harvest dwindling badly, GrainCorp is again on the lookout for more diversification options.
18 Dec 14  4 WITH earnings from this season's grain harvest dwindling badly, GrainCorp is again on the lookout for more diversification options. | ADM ups Wilmar stake  | Dry bites hard at GrainCorp 
PRICE declines for dairy products have slowed while export volume clearances have soared, according to Rabobank's latest report.
18 Dec 14 PRICE declines for dairy products have slowed while export volume clearances have soared, according to Rabobank's latest report. | Dairy incomes on the rise  | Gina's Qld dairy push for G20 
FORECASTS suggest Christmas Day will be typically hot in the north, windy in the south, wet in the southeast and dry on the west coast.
18 Dec 14 FORECASTS suggest Christmas Day will be typically hot in the north, windy in the south, wet in the southeast and dry on the west coast. | Changing climate to hit water...  | El Nino taunts, records tumble 
WOOLWORTHS has been accused of bullying suppliers into paying millions of dollars to fund a discount war, drawing ACCC's attention.
18 Dec 14  4 WOOLWORTHS has been accused of bullying suppliers into paying millions of dollars to fund a discount war, drawing ACCC's attention. | Woolworths' baby steps into China  | Humbled Coles admits it did wrong 
A NEW body with a direct line to Queensland Cabinet has been established to tackle the issue of agricultural electricity costs.
18 Dec 14 A NEW body with a direct line to Queensland Cabinet has been established to tackle the issue of agricultural electricity costs.
RSPCA Australia says it supports the continuation of livestock saleyards, but believes animal welfare standards must be lifted.
18 Dec 14  3 RSPCA Australia says it supports the continuation of livestock saleyards, but believes animal welfare standards must be lifted.
DESPITE an early start to the SA weaner selling season, which could affect numbers offered in January, agents remain optimistic prices will hold up.
18 Dec 14 DESPITE an early start to the SA weaner selling season, which could affect numbers offered in January, agents remain optimistic prices will hold up. | Operation Poach combats stock theft  | Figures help US Simmentals... 
Cattle - Beef
BARNABY Joyce promised the rural debt roundtable would not become a bank bashing exercise but his rhetoric since has escalated.
18 Dec 14  14 BARNABY Joyce promised the rural debt roundtable would not become a bank bashing exercise but his rhetoric since has escalated. | Banks calm foreclosure furore  | 'No need for ­moratorium', say... 
WITH falls of up to 150mm in the past 10 days, Christmas has come early for many Queensland summer croppers keen to get planting.
18 Dec 14 WITH falls of up to 150mm in the past 10 days, Christmas has come early for many Queensland summer croppers keen to get planting.  | Rain a shot in the arm for fodder  | Canola pricing mystery 
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Producers borrow way to much and when it all goes bad the bank gets the blame my neighbours
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What amazes me is the constant blindness I see as to what is going on here. Creation of money
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Australian exporters compete with the rest of the world when trying to sell their products. This
THE sad passing of Susan Whitehead known to most as Sue or Susie will be hard felt by her family and the Nebo Community. 
16 Dec 14 THE sad passing of Susan Whitehead known to most as Sue or Susie will be hard felt by her family and the Nebo...
THE proposed Fitzroy Gap dam is not the priority for Central Queensland, Senator Matt Canavan said today. 
'Dreaming is nice but doing is better.08 Dec 14 THE proposed Fitzroy Gap dam is not the priority for Central Queensland, Senator Matt Canavan said today....