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Drought continues in the west

Drought continues in the west

Wee Waa and western regions are still in need of drought breaking rain, with the dry conditions persisting as the weather warms up.

Crops are struggling with the warm change and more rain is needed to ensure plants mature properly.

Gary Wooldridge from the Pilliga Community Links Centre said conditions have not improved.

“It’s still pretty shocking out here, wheat crops are going back into the ground and it’s not looking good,” he said.

“There have been a few little cloud bursts here and there, but there has been no decent rain events yet.

“We’re hoping for storms for the wheat crops, but it does seem to have dried up.

Thursday, 8 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Variable results expected for north west harvest

Variable results expected for north west harvest

Harvest time is near, but local agronomists and farmers are expecting highly variable results across the region.

ABOVE: Narrabri’s George Scilley, Shaun Thomson and Richard Scilley and a row of headers ready for hopefully a busy harvest.

For some grain growers this year’s crop will be the best they have had for many years, but for others, crops won’t be worth stripping.

Pursehouse Rural Agronomist James Fleming is currently seeing growers at both ends of the spectrum.

“There is patches that will go quite well and other patches that are fast running out of moisture,” he said.

“Some of my clients are having a really good season, while others aren’t having such luck.

“Rain is probably too late for most crops but some that were planted late would benefit.”

Thursday, 8 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Rural Support Service Network for Narrabri

Rural Support Service Network for Narrabri

Rural support services in the local area have resolved to set up a network to improve the delivery and effectiveness of support for the rural sector.

ABOVE: Cattle on the road near Pilliga.

The newly formed Rural Support Services Network (RSSNs) held its first meeting in Narrabri recently, with financial counsellors, Centacare representatives, landholders, government representatives and other organisations in attendance.

RSSNs are usually made up of local rural service providers including agribusiness and government, but also include interested landholders and representatives from community groups.

The network meets quarterly to discuss the needs of the local rural community with a view to working towards servicing these needs.

The meetings also allow for the sharing of information between service providers and the identification of any gaps in service delivery.

Narrabri Rural Financial Counsellor Fiona Mead said the first meeting of the Narrabri RSSN was an overwhelming success.

“We had 17 people at the meeting which was a great turn out, we plan on meeting every three months at this stage with the next meeting to be held in February,” she said.

Friday, 2 October 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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University of Newcastle tours region to investigate local attitudes to development, changing land use

University of Newcastle tours region to investigate local attitudes to development, changing land use

Researchers from the University of Newcastle are currently seeking to interview local people within the Narrabri Shire about their attitude to changing land use.

ABOVE: University of Newcastle researchers Dr Meg Sherval and Dr Hedda Haugen Askland. Interested parties should contact Hedda Askland on 0405 066 470.

Researchers from the University of Newcastle are currently seeking to interview local people within the Narrabri Shire about their attitude to changing land use.

The collaborative pilot project is run by both the University of Newcastle and the NSW Department of Primary Industries and will form part of a planned state-wide study exploring changing land use in rural and regional communities.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (1064)/Comments (0)/
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Local farmers urged to promote agriculture

Local farmers urged to promote agriculture

A local farmer has called on all involved in agriculture to start actively promoting the industry.

ABOVE: Drew Penberthy, Bellata, Penny Blatchford, Gurley and James Tydd (Bellata) at the recent agribusiness forum in Narrabri.

At a recent conference held in Narrabri, agronomist Drew Penberthy argued that people in agricultural industries were failing to communicate their good news stories to the wider community.

He said the farming sector had much to be proud of.

“A lot of people have no idea how scientific agriculture has become, I think they’d be amazing if they knew what we’re actually doing out here,” he said.

“Robotics are coming in and new varieties released in the last few years have led to massive inroads.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Plan points to CSG problems

Plan points to CSG problems

MOREE Plains mayor Katrina Humphries has criticised the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART) draft report into coal seam gas landholder benchmark compensation rates, calling it an “admission of guilt”.

The NSW government asked IPART to undertake the review, under Action 12 of the NSW Gas Plan, to provide benchmark compensation rates for landholders who host gas exploration and production activities on their properties.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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​​​‘Thanks, Narrabri’ says famed scientist

​​​‘Thanks, Narrabri’ says famed scientist

Rotary scholarship began research career of achievement

ROTARIANS MEET RAJARAM: Narrabri Rotarians welcomed Dr Sanjaya Rajaram back to Narrabri on Friday, from left, Pat Carberry, Barry Keys, Dr Kedar Adhikari, Vesna Rendulic, Rotary president Daryl Bartlett, Dr Rajaram, Michael Carrigan and Clive Norrie.

The winner of the World Food Prize, the agricultural research equivalent of the Nobel Prize, Dr Sanjaya Rajaram, returned to say ‘thanks’ to Narrabri last week.

“I owe it all to Narrabri” the world renowned plant breeder told an audience of Narrabri Rotarians and researchers at the Plant Breeding Institute (PBI)on Friday.

Dr Rajaram is the keynote speaker at the 9th International Wheat Conference in Sydney this week.

Last year he was awarded the World Food Prize for his work in developing 480 new wheat varieties which have been adopted in 51 countries and provide the annual wheat consumption for more than one billion people.

Friday, 25 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Narrabri beef producer receives MLA Nuffield award

Narrabri beef producer receives MLA Nuffield award

By Beef Central, 20 September 2015

Liz Manchee, from Narrabri in New South Wales, has received a Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship supported by Meat and Livestock Australia.
Tuesday, 22 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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PBA Nasma released at Narrabri

PBA Nasma released at Narrabri

RUTH CASKEY22 Sep, 2015 04:00 AM The Land Newspaper

GROWERS looking to maximise nitrogen fixes and improve crop rotations could look towards the latest faba bean variety on the market, PBA Nasma.

The variety was released at the annual University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute field day at Narrabri last week.

It's the first variety released since PBA Warda in 2012.

Narrabri-based University of Sydney plant breeder Kedar Adhikari said Nasma was a much improved version of Warda, improving crop quality while maintaining a solid disease package.

"The biggest improvement is that Nasma can yield three to five per cent more than Warda, in both irrigated and dryland operations," Dr Adhikari said.

"It does that with no compromise in the disease package, so farmers are sure to be happy about that."

Tuesday, 22 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Wee Waa High School show team takes out national title

Wee Waa High School show team takes out national title

ABOVE, The winning team: Hayley Constable, Emily Shearin, Dylan Dixon, Verity and Jack Gett, Caitlyn and Maddison Galagher, Alana Bennett Clancy, Tom Pattison, Rylee Sadler and Harry Kinstler.

Wee Waa High School’s agricultural show team has secured a national title, winning Grand Champion school at the National All Breeds Heifer Show held in Dubbo recently.

Students exhibited five Charolais heifers for local stud Myona Charolais and won numerous awards.

Emily Shearin won reserve champion in Junior Judging, Maddison Galagher prepared and presented the reserve champion heifer in her class, Jack Gett won first place in his paraders class and Dylan Dixon placed fifth in his paraders’ class.

Friday, 18 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Dorper sells for $12,000

Dorper sells for $12,000

A ram bred locally has achieved top price at the National Dorper and White Dorper Sale held in Dubbo recently.

Pictured: The Gett family’s top selling ram.

A ram bred locally has achieved top price at the National Dorper and White Dorper Sale held in Dubbo recently. 

The ram was bred by the Gett family and fetched $12,000, almost tripling their previous best price of $3750.

Friday, 18 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Field Day brings growers up to date on varieties, challenges

Field Day brings growers up to date on varieties, challenges

PICTURED: Bellata farmers Glenn Fernance, Drew Penberthy and Mick Coffey at the Lochearn field day.

About 150 people travelled to ‘Lochearn’ east of Bellata on Tuesday to see exciting trials of the newest winter crop varieties.

Farmers, agronomists, bankers and industry representatives attended the field day, run by Kalyx and Drew Penberthy of Penberthy Agricultural Consultants (Penagcon).

New wheat, faba bean, chickpea, canola and safflower varieties were demonstrated.

A new variety of durum, Lillaroi, developed by the Department of Primary Industries was also launched on the day.

Crown rot resistance in wheat and legume treatments to induce higher yield in legumes were key discussion points while Richard Daniels from the Northern Grower Alliance spoke about nitrogen management and protein accumulation.

Friday, 18 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Applications open for 2015–16 drought concessional loans in NSW

Applications open for 2015–16 drought concessional loans in NSW

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce and NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair

Media Release

 

3 September 2015

Drought-affected farmers in New South Wales can now apply for a Drought Concessional Loan or a Drought Recovery Concessional Loan, with applications opening today for the 2015–16 round of both schemes.

Federal Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, said the schemes helped those doing it tough during drought to restructure existing debt, or to fund operating expenses or drought preparedness and recovery activities.

“Through the Agricultural Competiveness White Paper, we are ensuring farmers have greater certainty about the support available to them during periods of drought. We are delivering on our White Paper commitment to continue both drought-related concessional loans schemes during 2015–16, with up to $30 million available for Drought Concessional Loans and up to $25 million available for Drought Recovery Concessional Loans in NSW,” Minister Joyce said.

 

Friday, 4 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (5709)/Comments (0)/
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Koala challenge: Court hears case against Shenhua

Koala challenge: Court hears case against Shenhua

As Save the Koala Month begins today, Shenhua is facing a court challenge arguing its Watermark mine will threaten the local koala population with extinction.

The high-profile case has been brought by the Upper Mooki Landcare Group supported by the Nature Conservation Council.

But as the second day of the four-day hearing goes ahead at the NSW Land and Environment Court, one koala expert has said the figure of 262 koalas living in the area could be over-estimated by more than 200.

Environmental researcher John Lemon, who has studied koalas on the Watermark site near Breeza and close by, said he was “very surprised” not to have been called to speak at the hearing.

Mr Lemon, who is a former Office of Environment and Heritage employee and now works as a consultant, said he wrote Shenhua’s Interim Koala Habitat Plan and was very familiar with the koala habitat in the area.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Welcome district rain, but some suffer hail, storm damage

Welcome district rain, but some suffer hail, storm damage

Heavy and widespread district rainfall has been welcomed, coming at the right time for crops.

Heavy and widespread district rainfall has been welcomed, coming at the right time for crops.

While the rain was more than welcome, some properties experienced damaging winds and hail during the storms on Sunday night.

A band of hailstorm activity was reported across parts of the Pilliga, Turrawan, Harparary and Maules Creek area causing damage to properties. Several property owners reported damge to homes, fences and crops.

The rain event, which delivered up to 60 millimetres to areas around Narrabri, could be worth millions of dollars to the local community as it brings farmers one step closer to strong winter crops and a busy harvest period.

According to Narrabri Shire Weathernet, Harparary recorded 66 millimetres, the Wheat Research Centre received 40 millimetres and Tookey Creek 66 millimetres.

Further west, 34 millimetres fell at Merah North and 31 at Wee Waa.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Farmers prepare their fight to say no

Farmers prepare their fight to say no

RUTH CASKEY - The Land Newspaper

LIVERPOOL Plains, Narrabri, Bylong Valley farmers will take the next step in their fight to say no to coal and coal seam gas mining at a senate hearing in Tamworth.

The meeting, to be held at Wests Diggers on Tuesday, is a hearing into a bill introduced by Greens Senator Larissa Waters' to give landholders the right to say no to coal and unconventional gas and to ban fracking.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Scientists predict weather will swing from drought to flooding rains as La Nina follows intense El Nino

Scientists predict weather will swing from drought to flooding rains as La Nina follows intense El Nino

ABC Rural By Catherine McAloon

Scientists are tipping this year's forecast El Nino will be closely followed by a reverse La Nina weather system, swinging conditions from drought to flooding rains in some parts of Australia.


There are predictions the coming El Nino, which typically brings hot and dry conditions to the country's east, could be one of the strongest ever recorded.

CSIRO principal research scientist Wenju Cai said the forecast El Nino was likely to be followed by a La Nina, bringing extreme wet weather in 2016.

"This kind of extreme El Nino event normally lasts until April, May, and then we will see the system switch to conditions that are developing towards a La Nina in, say, next June, July, August," Dr Cai said.

"El Nino and La Nina both peak at our summer season and that's why we will have floods in our summer (2016-2017)."

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation Program - Round 6

Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation Program - Round 6

Funding is now open (Wednesday 19 August 2015) and irrigators are urged to take up the opportunity and apply for funding while it is still available.

Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation Program - Round 6

Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) program Round 6 funding is now open (Wednesday 19 August 2015)
and irrigators are urged to take up the opportunity and apply for funding while it is still available.

Eligible project areas for Round 6 include:

  • NSW Border Rivers: General security (Class B), high security and supplementary entitlement;
  • Namoi River catchment downstream of Keepit Dam: General security, high security and supplementary entitlement;
  • Barwon Darling: Unregulated (Class B and C) entitlement.
Applications for infrastructure funding for Round 6 close on Friday 30 October 2015.

Irrigators wishing to submit an application for funding must have a DPI verified Irrigated Farm Water Use Efficiency
Assessment (IFWUEA). Irrigators who need to prepare an IFWUEA must submit to DPI no later than Thursday 1 October 2015.

STBIFM is being delivered by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI). The Australian Government is
providing up to $111M of funding from the 'Sustainable Rural Water Use & Infrastructure' program.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Property owner concerned after shooting

Property owner concerned after shooting

Police have warned of heavy penalties for shooters firing onto private property following an incident on the Bingara road on Friday night.

A pet goat, Billy, was allegedly shot on private land, about 100 metres from a property homestead.

The distressed owner, Mrs Kath Hamilton, said the goat was a family pet of 11 years.

“I heard three shots,” said Mrs Hamilton, who was in the homestead kitchen when the shots were fired.

“These were shots from a high powered rifle from the direction of the road and our house is in a direct line from where we found Billy dead.

“The house is only about 300 metres from the road and is clearly visible.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Agquip the first Day

Agquip the first Day

Northern Daily Leader was their a Gallery of images

The sun shone brightly in a perfect opener for the massive farm field day AgQuip, with thousands pouring through the gates yesterday for the start of the three-day event.

Organised by Fairfax Rural Events, the 43rd Commonwealth Bank AgQuip covers 26 hectares on a site about 6km west of Gunnedah and features the involvement of more than 3000 companies and organisations.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Biolinks – the need for trees-funding opportunities

Biolinks – the need for trees-funding opportunities

Press Release from Local Land Services North West

The Brigalow Nandewar Biolinks (BNB) program is an initiative of the North West and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and serves to protect, restore and manage existing vegetation to connect the plains with the tablelands.


"The program involves planting and protecting vegetation corridors, shelter belts, tree lines, wind breaks and clumps so that birds, insects, reptiles and mammals are able to move around the landscape. These corridors are essential if species are to survive and flourish in our agriculturally-altered environment," said Simon Turpin, Team Leader Land Services at North West LLS.

"These areas of native vegetation provide homes for many of our native fauna species which, in turn, assist our cropping and farming enterprises through the provision of ecosystem services. For example, birds, bugs and lizards that use the native vegetation for habitat eat insects and grubs that attack crops and pastures; it's a win-win situation both for landholders and native species.

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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Local success at Royal Brisbane Exhibition Show

Local success at Royal Brisbane Exhibition Show

Local farmers have met with overwhelming success at one of the largest cattle competitions in the southern hemisphere.

Cattle judging at the Royal Brisbane Exhibition Show, or the EKKA, started last week with thousands of head of cattle descending on the showgrounds to be paraded, judged and displayed.

Steers bred by Dennis Power from ‘Glenrowan’, Minnamurra Pastoral Company, near Boggabri won the 70 day feedlot ‘Paddock to Plate’ challenge this year.

A bull from Narrabri, Wave Hill Jager, bred by Philip and Sylvia Kirkby, won the Grand Champion Santa Gertrudis Bull.

Friday, 14 August 2015/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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