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Farmanco Facts – March 2022

An insight to what our teams of professionals (Farm Management, Agronomy, Grain Marketing, Precision Ag and Bookkeeping) can offer, in our monthly newsletter – Farmanco Facts.

In the March 2022 edition.

Key Points:

Grain Marketing Operational Developments

Mae Connelly (Grain Marketing Consultant)

  • New requirements for the ISCC sustainability certification program

  • Noodle wheat blend kept at 80% Noodle and 20% APWN

  • Calingiri has now been phased out as a Noodle variety

  • AWW and AIW are two new wheat classes introduced by Wheat Quality Australia

  • WA crop a 24 million tonne record, but the hangover is the 5 million tonne plus carryover expected

“This article provides an update on some important operational updates in the grain market.”

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, consumer sentiment & the future impact on Agriculture

  • Consumer sentiment through social media is putting the spotlight on agriculture regarding carbon emissions

  • The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt will ramp up attention on food and agriculture in this area

  • The spotlight will move away from ‘country of origin’ discussions to farming methods and a country’s approach to carbon emissions

  • Farmanco has started to introduce enterprise-level carbon audits into our farm reviews to provide clients with more information in this area.

“Agriculture and food production will increasingly be under the spotlight.”

Changes to the herbicide mode of action classification system

(David Cameron, Agronomist)

  • Australia is adopting the global numbering system to classify herbicide modes of action. You will start seeing the numbers used instead of letters this season. The numerical system will be used exclusively by the end of 2024.

Knockdown & pre-emergent use of Group 14 (Group G) herbicides

(David Cameron, Agronomist)

  • There are Group 14 herbicides registered across all crop stages, with some useful pre-emergent activity

  • Some have activity on broadleaf and grass weeds

  • They work differently from glyphosate, but complement it well if you get both herbicides into the plant

  • They complement paraquat well when targeting small weeds

“There has been an increase in the number of Group 14 (previously Group G) herbicides in the market. Historically, these have been used as spikes with knockdown herbicides prior to sowing, but now there are registrations for all crop stages.”

2022: Reduce crop & buy sheep?

(Katrina Kowald, trainee Management Consultant)

  • This year, decisions are more critical than normal

  • A late break means crop options are higher risk

  • In a late break, sheep are likely to be a lower risk option than most crops

  • Mixed farms in all zones are considering increasing sheep in 2022

  • 100% crop farm late break options are more legumes or fallow

  • A good break might see a sea of yellow

  • Be sure to consider forward pricing to protect your position — talk to your consultant about the extra risks

“With international volatility playing havoc with availability of cropping inputs, many of us are thinking through our rotational options.”

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