The Indian Government has made the shock move to increase chickpea tariffs to an effective rate of 44pc.
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.
With searing temperatures the Wimmera in Victoria might not seem the place for summer cover crops - but farmers are happy with trials.
Pakistan has been the big mover and shaker on world pulse markets in recent months, but the market is now watching Indian crop prospects.
Cotton has really pushed out of its northern NSW heartland - with the Murrumbidgee now the leading cotton region in the country.
The impact of the 30pc import tariff on chickpeas and lentils in India is now starting to be felt by Australian pulse exporters.
Eyes glaze over when you hear about trade? Have a listen this time say experts who believe the TPP will be great for Aussie grain growers.
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Summer and spring cropping could be the next big thing in high rainfall zone areas in southern Australia.
Southern farmers are finding various grain and fodder spring and summer crops are working well within their rotation.
There is quiet optimism summer and spring cropping will give croppers in wet parts of southern Australia another string to their bow.
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