Erin and Warrick on Bio-Agtive Emmissions Technology


In early May, I (Erin) visited a number of growers around Breeza. When I got to Warrick & Gary Moore’s property near Werris Creek I noticed something different about his tractor/planter set-up. From the tractor’s exhaust there were pipes that ran back behind the cab and then down to and across the front of his planter. I asked more about it and this is where the below information has stemmed. Below are a few questions I asked Warrick and his responses are included below.

What is Emissions Technology and how did you come to try it?

It is essentially using exhaust power to drive crop growth. The computer monitored system captures the tractor’s exhaust fumes & pipes it through a condenser to cool the gas before it is then pumped back through the airseeder & into the ground delivered with the seed. The gases stimulate microbes to release phosphorous & other base minerals locked in the soil making them available to the plant, resulting in plants developing a bigger, stronger root system. The gas encourages microbe & fungal growth in the soil which in turn boosts root development. Plants grown with traditional fertilizer applications don’t photosynthesise energy as efficiently from the sun, but this system encourages photosynthesis on a natural scale & plants grow more healthily, without the need to apply artificial fertilizers & still maintaining very similar to better yields has been very pleasing indeed.

How many other growers are utilising this new technology in Australia/east Coast?

There are about 20 systems working in NSW, most of which are in south of the state and around the Forbes, Parkes area. There are just 4 systems in the north 2 around Inverell, ours and now our neighbours have just got going for winter plant.

What benefits do you see arising from it?

Sowing on imputes while maintaining the same crop yield. With the most notable being softer country, good test weights on grain, low screenings and better on the hip pocket.

2013 Trial Block – 3 blocks planted at the same rate to compare traditional fertilizer only, versus a combination of both versus diesel emissions only. 2013 was a very dry season, but still there were obvious differences in the trail blocks. Emissions only had the best test weight & noticeably fewer small seeds. It was recommended that we go ‘cold turkey’ on the fertiliser and only use emissions. I have posted the results below, but interestingly the best yields were produced from the emissions only trial block.

Trial 1: 80 kg urea applied

Test weight – 75 h/kg

Protein – 15%

Moisture – 13.6%

Small seeds – 7.2%


Trial 2: 50 kg urea applied & emissions

Test weight – 76 h/kg

Protein – 14.5%

Moisture – 11.8%

Small seeds – 7.1%


Trial 3:  Emissions only

Test weight – 80 h/kg

Protein – 11.7%

Moisture – 10.9%

Small seeds – 2.9%

Warrick estimated that the initial cost of the set-up was between $50 000 – $60 000, depending on the tractor/implement and can be set-up on any machine tillage, summer, winter, row crop or broadacre.

I was fascinated by this new technology and at the moment it is only really being broadcast through field days and the internet. Warrick did hold a number of field days at his property last year outlining what he was doing and looking to achieve. Ideally, eliminating the need for fertiliser and producing high yielding and better quality grain is the goal.

We have included a number of photos showing the set-up at Warrick’s farm. For anyone interested in pursuing this further, please contact the AgVantage office. We will be more than happy to look at hosting a field day/demonstration of this in operation or point you in the direction of someone that can provide you with more information.

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Articles of Interest


May 2014 Month End News Articles


Thinking Literally: Farm Water Efficiencies

Shedding New Light on Cotton

Wheat Price plunges as Red Flags fade

Chickpea disease spreading in Southern Australia

Module Mover keeps it simple

Monthly Market Update


Well what a busy month May has been! Machines have been busy in paddocks with growers picking cotton, planting winter crop and harvesting sorghum. It’s fairly safe to say that picking is coming to a close in the north, and planting is slowing down in the border region with growers either completing seeding or grinding to a halt due to moisture falling away. Other’s are yet to get a planter in the paddock without more rain. Harvest has been a bit stop-start on the Plains region with small falls of rain creating slight delays and some paddocks just not wanting to dry down. There are generally two times a year that growers have conflicting feelings about receiving rain. Whilst we are in desperate need of rain, those still trying to harvest/pick summer crops are hoping to do so prior to significant rain. Most of these growers, however are also in need of rain to get winter crops wither planted or established.

Sorghum values were on a bit of a rollercoaster ride throughout May as we experienced quality and delivery issues off the Liverpool Plains. This culminated in a meeting at Spring Ridge on Friday (30th) where discussions were had around receivals, quality specifications, international versus domestic markets versus human consumptive markets. We are unsure which direction this is all headed but rest assured some changes are coming. Newcastle track values spiked to $345/mt during the course of the month due to growers needing to washout of existing contracts. Frustratingly, this was not due to production failure as they had the tonnes, but due to quality not meeting spec. By Friday afternoon all bids were pulled from all merchants as any chance of May delivery against ASX track contracts had expired.

Wheat values peaked at $375/mt delivered Downs & $383/mt delivered Brisbane on the 12th of May and ended the month at the lows of $360/mt delivered Downs and $375/mt Brisbane. Demand remains strong for any feed grain, with growers continuing to price into the spot market rather than deferred delivery. New crop sellers are thin on the ground with most unwilling to commit to production risk without another fall of rain.

Barley demand is fairly weak, with only 1-2 buyers of old crop barley in the market at the moment. There are still large volumes of ‘cheaper’ barley moving into northern markets from SNSW and a vessel into Brisbane that has been bought around from SA recently. New crop barley is being bid in the $305-310/mt delivered Downs market, which is about $20/mt below new crop wheat.

Chickpeas during the past month haven’t seen too much activity from wither the demand or the sell side. Values remained fairly steady and really only fluctuated by $5-10/mt. They ended the month at $460/mt delivered Downs for old crop and $465-470/mt delivered for new crop.

In cotton news, rains received in Texas over the last weekend of the month have the market expecting areas that were previously considered for abandonment to pull through. This has added pressure on the new crop December contract and as a result the inverse from July to December is now out to just over 7 cents/bushel.  We may see some short squeezing of the July contract occur but don’t expect that any upside will be reflected via physical demand from the Mills. Basis ended the month slightly stronger, however most merchants are only looking to accumulate bales for June/July as they are unsure what will happen to the inverse as it draws July closer to dropping off the board and don’t want to take on this risk.

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AgVantage Commodities Market Report 29/05/2014


In offshore markets overnight we saw July wheat fall 2.75 cents to close at 638.75 cents with expectations of large crops from the Black Sea and the EU this year. Corn was up with the July contract finishing at 472.5 cents, up 2.75. There is still support to the corn market with some concern that areas of the northern corn belt not getting planted due to persistent wet weather. Soybeans were up 9 cents to finish at 1497’6 in overnight trade.

We are still seeing demand for SOR1 in the system for May transfer. Once May passes, the delivered numbers into Newcastle indicate that track values will more than likely be sub-$310/mt. Because of this, we suggest that anyone who has uncommitted SOR1 in the system to contact us and give serious consideration to pricing today and tomorrow. Currently, bids range from $335-340/mt track. We are seeing SOR with stained grain up to 20% bid in the high $270’s delivered Tamworth and the high $290’s delivered Newcastle. The problem is, the majority of homes are for Aug/Sept delivery and it is difficult to move large parcels of grain in June/July. Small parcels of 1-200mt may be moved during the next two months but consumer demand is minimal. SORX in the north is bid around $250XF for anyone still holding parcels of this quality.

We have continued demand for all feed grains in NSW and delivered Downs 70/10 markets are ranging between $370-375/mt delivered for June/July delivery. Given the ongoing weather concerns, most growers are selling small pockets of grain for spot delivery and unwilling to commit to selling on a two month spread. New crop values continue to sit around the $330+ delivered Downs. For growers in the north/border regions we believe $300-305/mt XF is achievable for 70/10. This does represent good selling levels if you are willing to take on the production risk. When comparing this to a track MG contract, we estimate these to equate to $277XF (using a $20/mt freight to get it to Goondi site) for APW and a $5-20/mt discount for any AUH/ASW. Aussie wheat is too expensive in international markets and our basis remains extremely strong due to the ongoing drought conditions.

Barley demand is fairly weak, with only 1-2 buyers of old crop barley in the market at the moment. There are still large volumes of ‘cheaper’ barley moving into northern markets from SNSW and a vessel into Brisbane that has been bought around from SA recently. New crop barley is being bid in the $305-310/mt delivered Downs market, which is about $20/mt below new crop wheat.

Old crop chickpeas are being bid at a $460-465/mt delivered Downs and $440-445/mt delivered Narrabri. New crop chickpeas have been bid at $470/mt delivered Downs for months now. We anticipate large areas of chickpeas being planted this season in the north as they seem to tolerate a dry season fairly well. This planted area (assuming there is a crop to harvest come Oct/Nov), combined with the large volume of old crop chickpeas still held by growers could send chickpea values lower. Of course, we all know pulse markets to be extremely volatile at times and anything is possible.

Anyone still holding faba beans from last harvest are finding them difficult to place with no demand at the moment. We usually see demand stem from the New England/Tablelands during the winter months but for this to happen we need to see a few heavy frosts and the weather to turn cold. At the moment, graziers seem to be getting by on what ground coverage they have, or had previously reduced stocking rates due to the dryness.

Cotton overnight closed 10points lower on the July contract, as it has in the past 14 of 16 trading sessions. Rains received in Texas over the weekend have the market expecting areas that were previously considered for abandonment to pull through. This has added pressure on the new crop December contract and as a result the inverse from July to December is now out to just over 7 cents/bushel.

BOM website has gone mobile


The bureau has launched a mobile content site for smart phones.  It runs on forecaster edited data whereby a senior forecaster has reviewed various models and made adjustments that translate back to a 6km grid data for temperature, wind, rainfall, etc.  Just enter your postcode and save as a favourite to have all your favourite BOM information at hand including the ever popular radars, weather forecasts, current weather information and warnings.

An iphone app is in production and should be out by the end of the year.

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Upcoming Events for June


o   7 June  – Mallawa Picnic Races

o   7 June – Wallabies vs France, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

o   8 June – Rowena Cracker Night, 5pm, Rowena Shire Hall.

o   9 June – Queens Birthday public holiday

o   14 June – Wallabies vs France, Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

o   18 June – State of Origin, Game 2, ANZ Stadium, Sydney

o   21 June – Talmoi Picnic Races

o   21 June – Wallabies vs France, ANZ Stadium, Sydney

o   23 June  – Technology, Tablets & Tips – managing business on the go.   The Crossing Theatre, Narrabri

o   25 June – Managing Crop Nutrition for Growers, Dubbo.

o   27 June – Keith Urban Light the Fuse Tour, Collins Park, Narrabri

o   28 June – NSW School Holidays start

AgVantage Commodities Market Report 27/05/2014


The US markets were closed overnight for the Memorial Day holiday, but have opened down this morning, continuing to slide lower from last week’s close. Crop conditions and planting progress reports will be released tomorrow, but are expected to show sharp increases in planting pace for Corn and Soybeans.  Wheat conditions are not expected to improve dramatically, but the rain falling across the US Midwest is more than likely to stem the downward spiral of recent weeks. The grain markets are lacking any real bullish news, the Ukrainian/Russian conflict seems to be coming to a more peaceful conclusion, European grain production looks reasonably secure and the US renewable fuels mandate does not appear to be reduced as harshly as first expected given grain production looks secure.

The cotton market is all bearish losing more than 350 points last week. Certified stocks are continuing to grow, with more than 430,000 bales now in USDA warehouses.  Rain in West Texas, the best falls in over 12 months in some places has helped to pressure the new crop market given an El Nino event will likely see the chances of a big dry land crop (1.3M hectares) now coming to fruition.

The Aussie dollar has traded in the 0.92’s so far this week, but looks under pressure from the continued speculation about the possibility of increasing the speed of tapering the US economic stimulus. Last week’s RBA minutes pointed to continuing hold on local interest rates for the foreseeable future, and improvements in the US economy could see our currency hurt by investors chasing higher yields.

Locally, the forecast for rain has appeared yet again, but at a week out, anything could happen. The nearby markets for domestic grain is holding its breath, wheat having lost ground on last week’s prices while barley and sorghum remain around the same numbers of last week. Track sorghum in Newcastle was full of fireworks last week, but this seems to have settled down quickly. New crop wheat is back from the best numbers seen before planting, with basis between $70 and $80 on for track APW, this is also being reflected in strong ex-farm numbers for new crop 70/10. We still have hectare contracts for faba’s and we have also seen a couple of chickpeas buyers releasing  hectare contracts that are worth considering.


Joke for the Month of May


May Joke_Series 2


A priest offered a Nun a lift.
She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg.
The priest nearly had an accident.

After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg.
The nun said, ‘Father, remember Psalm 129?’
The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again.
The nun once again said, ‘Father, remember Psalm 129?’
The priest apologized ‘Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.’
Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way.

On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, ‘Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.’

Moral of the story: If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.



Cotton’s challenging season

WITH pickers moving through the last of the cotton crop in the Macintyre Valley on the Queensland-NSW border, growers are taking stock of a season that presented special challenges in terms of extreme heat and managing crop waterings.

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