Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Thu Mar 16 13:16:41 EST 2006


GROWERS WANT GM INFORMATION - WA graingrowers want to know more about
genetically modified (GM) crops and the markets that accept them, so that
they can make informed decisions about adopting them into their farming
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This was revealed at the recent GRDC supported-Local Farmer Group Network
Group Leaders Workshop at the Burswood Entertainment Complex.


Fifty year farming veteran, Nils Blumann of the Gibson Lupin Group, closed
the day by requesting growers demand access to information about GM crops
and the possible effects on their industry.


"Local farmer groups need to talk about GM and decide their position and
then inform and lobby the government with their decision," Mr Blumann said.

Contact: Paul Carmody, Tel 08 6488 1987 

PUSHING BOUNDARIES - Thirty two year old Iowa, United States maize and
soybean grower, Clay Mitchell, made WA no-till farmers at WANTFA's
GRDC-supported 2006 conference take notice as he pushed their belief
boundaries from PC platforms to paddocks.

Limited by available on-farm labor, his family relies on automation to
efficiently manage their 970 hectares.


Using a farmwide, high speed wireless computer network that includes
internet service, they can remotely monitor and control, in real-time, grain
handling and storage facilities.


"In the header, for example, we watch radar maps, see where trucks and grain
carts are and monitor and control conveyors, fans and dryers at the grain
bins," he said.


"Land, sunlight and rain, not machinery and labour, are our most precious
resources and automation has synergies with practices such as no-till, to
conserve those resources."

 Contact: Dr Ken Flower, WANTFA, Tel 08 9622 5584.


WA BARLEY BOOSTED - WA's $52 million export malting barley industry is set
for a boost after Agriculture Minister Kim Chance launched a new malting
barley with the potential to give WA growers increased sales into export
markets in China and Japan.

The new barley, named Vlamingh, has distinct malting characteristics, which
meet the demands of discerning domestic and international malting markets.


Speaking after the variety launch at Fremantle's maritime museum, GRDC
Western Panel Chairman and Hyden grower, Dale Baker said Vlamingh would help
WA consolidate its position as the major barley producing state, accounting
for one third of the national crop in 2004/05.

Contact: Dale Baker, Mob 0427 913 980


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Tel 08  9384 1122 


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