Elders Presents series covers summer grain production this season
The fourth instalment in the Elders Presents series saw Thomas Elder Markets provided independent advice on supply and price expectations for the upcoming summer grains seasons. Producers, industry and researchers joined Elders, Thomas Elder Consulting (TEC) and other technical experts from across the summer grains industry to present solutions to producer problems.
Joining the panel was Andrew Whitelaw an independent market analyst at Thomas Elder Markets, part of the newly formed independent data driven market analysis service that provides agricultural market analysis and reports on commodity markets. Within the Australian wheat production market more acreage has gone in to ground, that coupled with very good rainfall he predicts the first or second largest crop in Australian history this season. Andrew also walked us through the global market benchmarked pricing that dictates our local market.
Speakers addressed the importance of collaborative tools and how impactful data and technology is to the summer grains industry in order to make good decisions to drive productivity and return. Neal Stevenson from Thomas Elder Consulting looked at practical decision making including gathering data, collecting information, gaining knowledge and solving a problem with stats-based research. He walked us through a real-life grower example, which utilised AgTech tools within AgIntel to make practical changes on farm to increase yield by reducing water logging in highly irrigated crops.
We were joined by AgTech leaders in industry who covered AgTech tools, the importance of consolidating plans with your advisory team and the impact of water usage. Proagrica provided practical examples of data usage in differing scouting methods and tissue sampling plus aeroplane distribution to reduce variable rate applications. Pioneer Seeds presented high tillering hybrid research trials and Pacific Seeds presented Grain Sorghum Risk Management, primarily around water usage. Dr Melina Miles from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries highlighted the new pest in the summer grains industry named Fall Armyworm and some starting points to consider with your advisory network.
Elders Presents series will continue throughout 2020, bringing agricultural producers greater access to information to support on-farm decision making from some of the industry’s leading minds. To stay across the next event follow us on Twitter for updates.
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