Wasted cotton textiles will return to the ground where they were grown as part of an innovative waste reduction and soil health project.
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.
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Rainfall of up to 15mm through cropping regions in Victoria and SA will be critical in getting crop established.
The mouse plague is having impacts on hay quality but it could also see less fodder area go in this year due to potential in-crop concerns.
A weather station at Mt Baw Baw recorded a single day total the BOM believes is in the top 5 all time tallies for Victoria.
Grain Producers Australia says it remains focused on a safe solution to the mouse problem and that zinc phosphide is the best option.
There has been a lot of work into getting plants that are more drought tolerant, now work is going on to help create similarly robust seeds.
ABARES is tipping a second consecutive boom year for Australia's winter croppers, with an estimated crop of 46.8m tonnes.
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