EP lupin crop wins nodulation challenge

NITROGEN FIX: Josh Beinke, Koongawa is congratulated by FREE Eyre EP representative Tess Walch on winning the Show Us Ya Nods Challenge with his lupin crop.

KOONGAWA farmer Josh Beinke has claimed bragging rights and a new soil moisture probe in the Show Us Ya Nods Challenge with an outstanding Mandelup lupin crop. The competition, in its second year, is run by FREE Eyre, Grains Research & Development Corporation, Profarmer Australia and Agbyte. It aims to find the best nodulating legume crops and pastures across the state and highlights the value of legumes in the rotation fixing nitrogen for the following year’s crops.

View the FULL article by the Stock Journal HERE



FREE Eyre Limited and Sea Transport Corporation announce their plans to jointly develop the Spencer Gulf Transshipping enterprise.

The joint venture company, Spencer Gulf Trust, will bring together the global expertise of Sea Transport’s transshipping technology with FREE Eyre’s grain grower shareholders and clients, in building a bulk commodity transshipping terminal and enterprise at Lucky Bay (Eyre Peninsula’s upper east coast) using state-of- the art, shallow draft transshipping vessels to load larger cargo vessels moored in Spencer Gulf.

View the FULL Media Release HERE

REWARDS for producing high protein crops are likely to be one of few positives for croppers heading into the 2016 harvest

“Since 2012, stocks have been going up, mainly due to the Black Sea and other regions ramping up production, and there’s not enough demand to compensate for the extra supply. But one positive story developing is the protein story.” Nick Crundall said globally there was a lack of crops with high protein. “If we can get high protein crops this season, we could be a major supplier for the market,” he said.

Read the full article HERE by the Stock Journal

Surviving Low Grain Prices

FREE Eyre and Market Check “Pre-Harvest” Seminars

South Australian farmer-owned agribusiness FREE Eyre and Australia’s largest independent grain grower advisory service, Market Check have released the dates of their highly anticipated “Pre-Harvest Seminars”. Market Check is an independent, Australian owned business that offers year-round grain marketing services to progressive Australian farmers. They are the largest independent grower advisory business in Eastern Australia and have been operating for almost 23 years.

“Given that wheat and barley prices are at one of the lowest points in recent history, the importance of farmers aligning themselves with a company whose track record demonstrates their capacity to maximize market opportunities has never been more important. FREE Eyre’s partnership with Market Check now provides South Australian growers with access to the coveted Market Check Strategy via their membership services, as well as to Market Checks Managed Programs. These programs boast an exceptional track record and have delivered growers among the best returns of any similar pool manager throughout Australia over the past 5 years.” said FREE Eyre CEO, Mark Rodda.

A series of seven Pre-Harvest Seminars will be held throughout the state and will focus upon current global trading dynamics and their effects on Australian grain prices and importantly, recommended grain marketing tactics for South Australian farmers for the forthcoming harvest.

“Due to its export focus, South Australia is a vital component of Australia’s interaction with the global grain market. As the Australian Grain industry nears full de-regulation, a more globally influenced market and industry consolidation is heightening price uncertainty. South Australian growers need access to expert strategic advice and premium marketing options.” Said Brett Stevenson – Managing Director and Founder of Market Check.

Market Check operate pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest managed programs, which carry a heavy emphasis on the use of sophisticated hedging tools such as futures and options to ensure the best possible farm gate returns for growers. FREE Eyre offers personalized grain broking services and access to the Clear Grain Exchange.

For further information and to register for these seminars please call 1300 373 339

FREE Eyre CEO, Mark Rodda 0417 414 123

23 September Pinnaroo, 10am

30 September Pt Lincoln, 4pm

4 October Streaky Bay, 9am

4 October Wudinna, 3:30pm

5 October Cleve, 8:30am

5 October Clare, 4:30pm

6 October Maitland, 9:30am

Growers get the nod to check legumes for nitrogen fixation

'Dr Ryder says for farming systems to derive maximum benefits from legume N-fixation, optimal nodulation is necessary.'

“Sampling legume root systems for evidence of good or poor nodulation is a recommended management strategy, regardless of whether the legume seed was or was not inoculated,” Dr Ryder says.

'SA growers have extra incentive to check for nodulation in their crops this year – FREE Eyre and the GRDC, along with Agbyte and Profarmer Australia, have launched the second annual “Show us Ya Nods” challenge for the State’s pulse and pasture producers.'

Read the full article HERE by GRDC

Mudamuckla field day to showcase farming systems options

'Meanwhile, local growers of legume crops and pastures are encouraged to enter this year’s “Show us Ya Nods” challenge, being conducted by FREE Eyre and supported by the GRDC, along with Agbyte and Profarmer Australia.'

'Initiated in 2015, the challenge sets out to find SA’s best nodulating legume crop or pasture and provides free, expert feedback from GRDC-funded researchers (including Dr Ryder) to all participants. To enter the Show Us Ya Nods challenge, participants apply online at www.freeeyre.com.au and are then sent a competition instruction pack.'

Read the full article HERE by GRDC

FREE Eyre is proud to partner with Market Check to offer South Australian farmers Australia's number 1 performing managed programs!

'Farmer owned agribusiness Free Eyre and Australia’s largest independent grain grower advisory service, Market Check have joined forces in South Australia.' 

“Market Check offer tailored advice port zone by port zone, and this has been really well received by our members – they want someone to help make sense of all the data coming from the industry globally and interpret what it means for them at a local level.”

Read the full article HERE by the Stock Journal


The Eyre Peninsula Grain Grower’s Infrastructure Development Fund

There is no doubt that the release of the findings of FREE Eyre’s survey of Eyre Peninsula grain grower’s desire to establish a new grower-owned cooperative to investigate and potentially invest in grain-related infrastructure has created significant discussion. This engagement by grain growers, grain buyers, representative bodies and government is exactly what is needed. 

Over the past three weeks, FREE Eyre has hosted eight public forums across the EP to discuss the background to the issue, the survey methodology, findings and recommendations. (Around 400 farming families completed the original survey, all of which accompanied the recommendations presented to the Agriculture Minister). Collectively, 120 people attended these latest forums to seek further information, express their opinions, views and offer alternative ideas on the original proposals.

Read the full article HERE

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