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    Grain Central stories that led the news in 2020 – Grain Central

    GRAIN growers across Australia will look back on 2020 as a year when, after enduring long-running drought, the season finally turned around, setting the nation up to produce its second largest grain crop on record.

    The national grain crop in 2020 surpassed 50 million tonnes (Mt), with wheat production alone jumping by more than 100 per cent on the previous year to around 30Mt.

    But growers will also remember 2020 as a year when events beyond the farm gate had a profound impact on their lives.

    The big news of 2020 was the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic early in the year which continues to dominate world headlines. Fortunately, the impact on Australian agriculture has not been as dramatic as it has in many other industries.  Despite some restrictions, farmers have continued to produce the crops and other farm products that have been crucial to assuring food security in these testing times.

    In May, barley growers bore the brunt of rising tensions between China and Australia when China slapped an 80.5 per cent tariff on Australian barley imports, virtually closing the market overnight and forcing growers and marketers to seek alternative destinations. The impasse shows no signs of abating soon, with Australia announcing it will take China to the World Trade Organisation to challenge its imposition of the tariff.

    In a snapshot of the ‘year that was’ in the Australian grain industry, Grain Central takes a look back over the stories that led the news in 2020.

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    Hail destroys 63 CSIRO glass houses, sets back vital crop research

    Eastern rains prompt fodder action but far from drought-breaking

    Saudi books 900,000t barley in first 2020 tender

    Extreme heat bookends Australia’s warmest and driest year on record


    UK farmers set sights on 10t/ha wheat yields

    Traditional beef and plant-based meat can co-exist: Burger King’s Jack Cowin

    What can be done to increase the adoption of precision technologies?

    Herbicide breakthrough to offer new tool for combating weed resistance

    Fall armyworm detected in Torres Strait

    Indonesia-Australia pact a win for farmers, grain growers


    GRDC announces formation of Grains Australia Ltd

    COVID-19: Tricky for truckies but working for road, rail, sea

    COVID-19: Ag as essential service to operate across lockdowns

    GrainGrowers calls out alarmist glyphosate map study


    Rain triggers timely southern sowing spree

    Early rain lifts WA winter crop prospects

    COVID-19: Contactless deliveries put National Grower Register on front foot

    COVID-19: Nation beholden to agriculture in testing times


    China puts 80pc tariff on Australian barley

    Barley industry at a glance – China targets Australia’s second-biggest grain crop

    Australian ag has weathered COVID-19 storm

    Russia launches world’s largest self-drive machinery project


    Harvest of drought-reduced corn area all but over

    GrainCorp seeks biggest harvest workforce since 2016

    Bayer stumps up billions to settle glyphosate litigation claims

    Seasonal turnaround drives surge in winter crop production


    Dismal sorghum harvest draws to a late close

    Farmers need to ditch ‘old hat’ image to attract best and brightest

    Producers warned to be mindful of farm machinery scam

    COVID-19: Changes to rural events

    Electric tractors and machinery – the time has arrived

    Ord cotton gin proposal gains momentum


    Flexible wheat classification system needed to meet changing needs

    COVID-19: Restrictions to ease on NSW-Vic, Vic-SA borders

    NFF backs zero emissions by 2050

    Pulse Update: Markets ease as big crop consolidates

    COVID-19: Border closures play havoc with ag consultancy businesses

    Rains across WA grainbelt prove game-changer for winter crops

    Ammonium nitrate stockpile spawns massive Beirut port explosion


    Australian barley likely in Saudi tender, values firmer

    Hail, lodging hit promising winter crops in southern NSW

    Ag land prices at record highs but low growth ahead

    Farm deaths and injuries continue to take heavy toll

    China suspends barley imports from CBH Group


    Researchers investigate virus outbreak in faba beans

    Demand-driven wheat rally supported by production uncertainty

    T-Ports set to expand with Wallaroo development

    Autonomous ag machinery code-of-practice takes shape

    Can Australia’s emerging quinoa industry maintain its price premium?

    First-stage quad bike safety measures now mandatory

    Nah, yeah, nah, yeah – how farmers talk about the weather


    Heatwave set to strike NSW, Qld summer crops

    GrainCorp sets new daily receival record of 362,000t

    We won Saudi Arabia with barley but who is winning China?

    2020 State-of-the-Climate report released

    Overnight fire at Manildra flour mills contained

    SA rejects GM-free council applications, opens way for GM crops


    Single Kembla line to reopen after grain train derailment

    WA on track for 16.5Mt winter crop

    Rain helps cotton yield outlook, prompts late planting

    Australia on track for second largest grain crop

    Fall armyworm experts answer the questions

    Tractor sales set to top 13,000 for year

    Wet La Nina summer still on cards despite heatwave

    Australia to take China to WTO over barley tariff

    Australia’s climate zones slide southwards at 60km/decade



    Many other stories published by Grain Central can be accessed from Grain Central’s extensive story archive. Simply enter a key word or two into the ‘Search’ box at the top, right-hand corner of the Grain Central website.



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