Bumper crop keeps barley price down


Australia’s barley is currently the cheapest in the world, go Australian Farms! It’s due to a bumper crop of higher grade malting barley. The price is now just $145 per tonne and grain dealer Christian Norgard hopes it’s stabilised. Are you looking for a harvest job on a barley farm? There’s many positions available year round and many count towards the 2nd Year Visa. For the full story story ABC Rural

A special year for farmers begins


One of the men behind the Australian Year of the Farmer says 2012 is a good year to be in agriculture. Geoff Bell is the managing director of AYOF. “Farming is actually the world’s largest growth business,” he said. “As the population of the world grows, and it is growing very, very rapidly and it will for the next 40 or 50 years or so, agriculture is going to play an absolutely essential role in feeding and clothing and housing all of those extra people.” Mr Bell says the idea for a special year started years ago when he and Read more

Canola bonanza


Australia has delivered its biggest canola crop on record, both in volume and value. Nick Goddard, from the Australian Oilseeds Federation, says the season’s harvest exceeds the previous record set in 1999 by over half a million tonnes. And with prices between $450-$490 a tonne, it should deliver record earnings. Mr Goddard says even the rain in NSW didn’t ruin the party. For the full story please visit ABC Rural

Marginal melon season for QLD growers


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A southern Queensland watermelon grower says significantly lower fruit quality and a very low price has combined to make a disastrous season for queensland farms. Ian and Sharon Beard grow 11 hectares of seedless melons near Chinchilla and this year they’ll probably have to throw out 70 per cent of their crop because of quality defects, which means less harvest jobs. Ian Beard says despite growing the fruit the same way they have for years they’ve had serious melon imperfections. “I think the combination of the cold and we had a bit of heat in November, lack of pollination has Read more

Making a buck from bananas


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Making a buck is suddenly very hard again for banana growers, a challenging period for Australian Farms. The shortage caused by Cyclone Yasi last year pushed prices in the supermarket to $17/kilo, but there’s a massive oversupply now and they are as cheap as chips. Growers on the north coast of NSW are struggling with other problems as well. They blame the supermarkets for preferring big bananas and those grown in QLD which have less skin blemishes. Ron Gray, president of the of the Coffs Harbour banana growers, says prices have plummeted in the supermarket and he’s struggling to make Read more

Farmers clean up after Christmas floods



Farms in western Victoria are cleaning up after flash flooding damaged properties during the week before Christmas. Stock and fences were washed away at Joel Joel, east of Stawell and some areas received more than 100 millimetres of rain in an hour. Farmer, Larry McLean from Joel South didn’t lose any stock but says the clean-up has kept him busy during the summer break, there’s still many jobs out there though, especially those looking for the 2nd Working Holiday Visa. For the full story please visit ABC Rural