Why you probably aren’t testing your soil frequently enough


While precision agriculture and the use of specialised cropping technologies have increased in recent years, our soil testing rates have declined. This lack of comprehensive soil testing is troubling for a couple of reasons. We take a closer look at this alarming trend here.

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How to prevent theft and malicious acts on your farm


Across Australia, rates of crime in rural settings are shockingly high. Many farmers have even been victims of property crime - including arson, vandalism and theft - more than twice! There are steps you can take to protect your livelihood, including purchasing comprehensive insurance built for farmers and growers.

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Look, no hands! UK farmers grow barley crop with robots and drones


-Self driving tractors, drones and robots to do your crop monitoring - it all sounds like something out of a futuristic movie. In fact, however, this is the present. Farmers in England have just grown the world's first 'Hands-Free Hectare', a completely automated barley crop.

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Are chickpeas the latest item on the Australian breakfast menu?


Forget pancakes and toast - the latest item on the Australian breakfast menu could soon be chickpeas. Charles Sturt University researcher Steven Cork believes this pulse - packed with protein, fibre and other nutrients - is the perfect morning alternative. Here's why.

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How to prepare your farm for a hailstorm


During summer months, Australian farmers are particularly prone to hailstorms. While hail is a relatively common occurrence, many growers don't have a comprehensive risk management plan in place. Hail may be unpredictable, but that doesn't mean you can't prepare. Let's take a look at how.

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Why produce growers are HARP-ing on about new retailer-led scheme


-Since it was launched in October 2016, more than 700 suppliers have adopted HARPS, a retailer led food safety compliance scheme. Many, however, are saying the audit isn't worth the effort, due to a sea of red tape and extra costs. We explore both sides of this complex program here.

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Want a more useful weather forecast? Go out and do it yourself


According to climate expert Roger Stone, it's time for Australian farmers to stop waiting on the weatherman. In a matter of hours, Stone believes any willing farmer can become an amateur climatologist, capable of using DIY forecasts to make decisions and manage risks in real time.

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2018 begins with the earliest commercial-scale cotton harvest in decades


Cotton growers in central Queensland have already had some great news in 2018 thanks to an unprecedentedly early harvest, arriving over one month earlier than even optimistic farmers expected. We explore what this means and why the latest GM varieties are responsible.

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How to reduce storm damage to your greenhouse


Greenhouses and other structures are critical to the success of many operations. After all, greenhouse offer vital protection for plants and allow us to grow a much wider variety of crops than most farmers could outdoors. We take a look at how to protect these important structures and their contents.

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What does purple corn say about consumer food choices?


Coming to a grocery shelf near you - Australian purple sweetcorn, a newly developed crop rich in vital antioxidants. This modified crop, developed by the University of Queensland and Hort Innovation, is just one example of recent consumer interest in nutrient rich food products.

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