Dry winter goes against the grain

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 13/08/2004, pg. 10

PRIZE-winning Darling Downs wheat grower Roland Teakle surveyed the expanse of dry empty paddocks yesterday where hundreds of hectares of lush winter crop should be emerging.

“Normally we plant 323ha a year of wheat,” said Mr Teakle, of Jondaryan west of Toowoomba.

“This year — not a seed.

“We usually win second prize in […]

Grower conserves showers for a grainy day

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 03/12/2003, pg.19

FARMER Bill Hoare harvested a bumper wheat crop at his Jandowae property this year despite the district being in the grip of drought.

Using various farming techniques, Mr Hoare stored the few summer showers in the soil for his winter wheat, which has helped swell a national record winter grain harvest forecast to […]

Graingrowers set to move on fuel market

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 12/02/2003, pg. 7


QUEENSLAND farmers are poised to capitalise on what could be one of Australia’s next boom

industries — ethanol.

Dalby graingrower David Wise is among many farmers waiting for the Federal Government to decide whether to extend to ethanol the 38.4 a litre fuel excise exemption.

Such a decision would mean grain and sugar farmers […]

It goes against the grain, but less earns more

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 17/12/2002, pg. 2

WINTER grain harvests on the Darling Downs are down 70 per cent, to the lowest tonnages since the 1994 drought.

But for those lucky enough to harvest a crop, prices have been at record highs.

Pampas graingrower Lyndon Pfeffer managed only a tenth of his usual wheat harvest but counts himself fortunate.

“Further north […]

Chemical drift ruins grain crop

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 10/08/2002, pg. 17

BUYERS have rejected sorghum from at least a dozen Darling Downs growers after their crops were found to be contaminated by a chemical used on cotton crops.

The chemical is organo phosphate profenofos, an active ingredient in several cotton sprays used in the third stage of the crop to control the pest heliothis.

Profenofos […]