Countryman - - WOOL -

Lupin grow­ers look­ing to re­tain seed have been ad­vised by the De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment to har­vest crops as soon as pos­si­ble rather than risk poor crop es­tab­lish­ment from grain hit by rain.

Rabobank has de­liv­ered its 2017-18 win­ter crop pro­duc­tion fore­cast, with the ru­ral lend­ing spe­cial­ist say­ing Aus­tralian grain pro­duc­tion will only be around the 35 mil­lion mark this year — 41 per cent down on last year's crop.

The to­tal value of wool sold this sea­son has soared past the bil­lion dol­lar mark, mark­ing the first time since 2002 the mile­stone was achieved so early in the sea­son.

WA farmer Ray Har­ring­ton has called for in­de­pen­dent peer-re­viewed test­ing of the ef­fec­tive­ness of ma­chines en­ter­ing the mar­ket sim­i­lar to his world-first in­ven­tion that kills weed seeds in grain crops dur­ing har­vest. At least two other sim­i­lar ma­chines are cur­rently be­ing en­gi­neered.

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