Australia’s second biggest farming services player, Ruralco, has approached rival Elders about a merger deal to create a $500 million rural services group to rival market leader Landmark. Ruralco chairman Richard England outlined the proposal in a letter to his Elders counterpart, John Ballard, last month.
Ruralco believes there would be significant cost savings in merging Australia’s No. 2 and No. 3 rural services groups and that they could close unprofitable stores to compete better with Landmark.
In two successive field CSIRO trials at Deniliquin, NSW, irrigated grain sorghum was sown at three rates of gypsum (0, 2, and 4.1 tonne per acre), and four rates of phosphorus application (0, 11, 23, and 45 kg per acre) on Billabong clay, a brown clay commonly found on the Riverine Plain of south-eastern Australia. There was a significant response to broadcast gypsum spreading in terms of seedling emergence, tillering, and panicle production. Furthermore, there was a positive interaction between gypsum and phosphorus response which was clearly demonstrated by the yield of total dry matter and grain in the first year. Although there was a response to phosphorus in the absence of gypsum, the more effective use of phosphorus on the gypsum treatments, particularly at the higher rates of fertilizer application, was attributed to improved soil water storage. In the second year, the residual value of applied gypsum was greater following application at 4.1 tonne per acre than at 2 tonne per acre during the previous year. Residual phosphorus had little effect in the year following application.
CSIRO Abstract – Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture and Animal Husbandry 11(48) 53 – 58, JC Noble and CR Kleinig
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The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has not changed the recommendation to return 2750 gigalitres of water to the river system, under its revised plan.
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is standing by a recommendation to return 2750 gigalitres of water a year to the river system, under a revised plan sent to federal and state government ministers.
The MDBA on Monday released proposed changes to its draft plan released in November, after 20 weeks of consulting with communities and stakeholders.
The revised plan includes more than 300 changes to the draft plan, including new provisions.
But it does not propose any change to a planned water recovery target of 2750GL of water per year, saying it’s the right starting point to return the basin to health.
The Victorian government on Monday said the plan was a death warrant for the state’s northern farming communities.
“The target level of 2750 gigalitres has not changed. There is no apportionment of that water between the states, so if all that water was to come out of Victoria, irrigation in northern Victoria would be closed down,” Water Minister Peter Walsh told reporters in Melbourne.
The revised plan also recommends basin states undertake reviews of river operations to see where water can be saved, that local communities be actively involved in water management issues and that governments support communities as they deal with transition issues.
It also proposed the amount of water taken from underground aquifers be cut to a “more conservative” 3184GL per year, from 4340GL.
State water ministers now have six weeks to respond to the revised plan before it is given to the federal government.
Recycling plasterboard and gyprock waste has the following environmental benefits:
- reduces the demand on lanfill sites,
- reduces the demand on natural resources (mined gypsum),
- reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) by substituting mined gypsum in industrial or civil applications with recycled gypsum. Approximately 1 tonne of CO2 per 55 tonnes of gypsum used. Reductions come from reduced mine site crushing, shipping, road transport operations.
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An experiment was carried out to determine the effect of applied gypsum on the ease of tillage in 3 vertisols of the Gwydir Valley, New South Wales. The soils were classified as ‘poor’ and ‘good’ on the basis of past dryland wheat yields and structural of their surface aggregates.Where gypsum had been applied 22 months earlier at a rate of 7.5 t ha-1, tractor fuel consumption per centimetre of soil tilled was reduced by as much as 37% (0.85 v. 0.54 L ha-1 cm-1). The effect was most marked on the more sodic clays. The reduction in fuel consumption due to gypsum was associated with instability creased soil water content (0.127 v. 0.224 kg kg-1) and lower soil strength (330 v. 140 kPa).
Abstract: Effect of gypsum on vertisols of the Gwydir Valley, New South Wales. 2. Ease of tillage:
DC McKenzie and HB So, Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 29(1) 63 – 67
Industry news is that Sibelco (old unimin) have bought the Galong lime operations from Boral.
The Galong deposit was first mined in 1885 with significant mining activity in the 1920s producing quicklime, which is used in the production of cement. The mine re-opened in the 1960s and again in 1994. In 2001, the lease was altered to extend the mineable area of land from 16 hectares to 160 hectares; resources of 20 million tonnes of limestone have been defined within the proposed limit of mining. In 2003, the mine was acquired by Boral. It now produces lime for agricultural lime used for farming canola and grain. The site produces approximately 300,000 tons per year, about one quarter of the requirements for the state of New South Wales. Apart from agricultural purposes, a major consumer of lime from Galong is the Port Kembla steel works. A lime kiln was built at the mine in 2003/04 to allow the production of quicklime for use in cement, but the equipment chosen was not suitable for the lime deposit and it was closed down in Oct 2011.
Floods and heavy rain in southern QLD and northern NSW will not prevent a record harvest of summer crops including cotton, rice and sorghum (ABARE).
With crop downgrades expected to be less severe than in 2010/11.
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