[ASC-media] PROFITABLE FERTILE ADVICE/GROWING AGRIBUSINESS GROUPS: GRDC Grain Flashes

Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed May 24 14:11:52 EST 2006


PROFITABLE FERTILE ADVICE - Growing disparity between fertiliser costs and
grain values is loosening the once tight relationship between fertilising
for yield and fertilising for profit. 
 
Fertiliser is a WA grower's greatest single item expense, representing an
average 22 per cent of total costs in 2005.
 
Wayne Pluske, of Nutrient Management Systems said a GRDC-supported survey
showed the focus of fertiliser advice is shifting from its historical base
of technical information for increased production, towards maximising profit
and reducing financial exposure.
 
"Growers want to have faith in the investment advice consultants provide
them.
 
"Providing more financial information with fertiliser recommendations,
combined with standards to assess advice, will improve fertiliser use
efficiency and alleviate some current concerns about fertiliser advice," he
said.
Contact: Wayne Pluske, Tel 08 9315 2488
 
GROWING AGRIBUSINESS GROUPS - After its 2005 success, WA's Agribusiness
Trial Network has gone national.
 
However, this hasn't been at the expense of WA's grain industry, where six
farmer groups -- five from the Local Farmer Group Network (LFGN) and one
from the Grower Group Alliance (GGA) -- will each receive $25,000 towards
trials.
 
The GRDC-supported trials for the Ninghan Farm Focus Group, Northern Agri
Group, Kellerberrin Demonstration Group, Ravensthorpe Agriculture Initiative
Network and Tammin North and South Groups, will be assisted by the LFGN and
the Facey Group through the GGA. 
 
Trial plans can be found on the LFGN website at
http://www.lfgn.org.au/groups/
 
LFGN Co-ordinator, Paul Carmody said the network encourages agribusiness
consultants to work directly with local farmer groups to address local
issues. 
 
"The Agribusiness Trial Network encourages sharing the results of quality
local trials with other groups," he said.
Contact: Paul Carmody, Tel 08 6488 7937
 
  
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Tel 08  9384 1122 
 




 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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