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Strong and demonstrable sustainability and welfare credentials will be critical to Australia’s world-leading livestock and meat industries in the future.

Sheep producers are being encouraged to participate in a new survey to help researchers investigating why the effectiveness of the Gudair vaccine for Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD) appears to vary on different properties.

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has committed to a range of performance improvement measures recommended in a recent independent review.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation has announced a major new $18 million, five-year investment aimed at strengthening and enhancing national and regional grains research outcomes.

Poor preparation and application were to blame for many grain growers achieving suboptimal results with on-farm seed treatments used to protect seed grain and crops against pest and disease attack.

Sheep Producers Australia has appointed two independent directors to its Board – Chris Mirams in the capacity of executive chair and Dr Anne Astin as an independent, non-executive director, who will chair the audit and risk committee.

Fledgling federal agriculture minister, David Littleproud, will test his nTRIFFegotiating skills when he visits visit India to protest against new tariffs on chickpeas and lentil imports.

Youfoodz and Meat and Livestock Australia have made the Advertising Standard’s Board 2017 most complained about ads list.

John Deere has launched its latest advanced guidance and machine data sharing technology with the addition of three new AutoTrac™ applications and a new In-Field Data Sharing application for its Generation 4 Displays.
AutoTrac Turn AutomationAutoTrac Implement GuidanceAutoTrac Vision for Tractors, and In-Field Data Sharing applications are being sold as bundled activations for John Deere 4600 CommandCenter™ and as bundled subscriptions for 4640 Universal Displays.
"These new applications are machine-specific bundled activations with the 4600 CommandCenter and provide late-model John Deere machine owners with outstanding technology value," according to precision agriculture product manager, John Mishler.
For owners of machines equipped with a 4640 Display, the applications are offered as bundled one or five-year subscriptions.
AutoTrac Turn Automation makes end turns smooth, consistent and comfortable for operators during tillage, planting, seeding or other pre-emerge applications when using straight track guidance modes. Mishler said the new application for tractors provides automation across the paddock rather than just between headlands.
It allows operators to focus on machine and job performance while reducing operator fatigue.
When AutoTrac Turn Automation is activated, the machine functions previously required at the end of the paddock, when operating drawn implements, no longer require user input.
"For example, making end turns, raising and lowering the implement, PTO control, 3-point hitch functions and speed can be established in sequences from one setup page to become automated," Mishler said.
AutoTrac Implement Guidance (passive) enables the tractor to move off the intended path or guidance line in order to achieve expected accuracy of the implement. Mishler said implement drift can diminish accuracy of the implement while the tractor is traveling on the guidance line.
"AutoTrac Implement Guidance helps operators improve pass to pass accuracy by placing the implement consistently on the guidance line, helping to reduce the impact of implement drift," he said.

AutoTrac Implement Guidance is ideal for first-pass tillage, planting, seeding, strip till or other applications with drawn implements when using straight- or curve-tracking modes and when operating on hillsides.
Differential correction signals can be shared between the receiver on the tractor and the implement.
Mishler said the application is easy to install, calibrate and operate.
However, for controlled traffic farming applications, Active Implement Guidance remains the preferred option to maintain both the implement and the tractor on the desired guidance line.

AutoTrac Vision Guidance was previously released for John Deere 30-Series and newer sprayers.
Deere is expanding the application to include 7X30 large-frame, 8X30 and 8X30T, 7R and 8R/8RT tractors.
AutoTrac Vision can be used in post-season crop applications to detect the crop row and provide input to the machine’s AutoTrac system to keep the tractor’s wheels or tracks between the crop rows.
This level of precision can be beneficial when side-dressing fertiliser, post-emerge spraying and cultivating.

"This application is supported when the tractor is working in corn, soybeans and cotton at least 6 inches tall with up to a 90 percent canopy," Mishler said.
"This level of advanced guidance minimises crop damage, reduces operator fatigue and maximises tractor productivity in paddocks with 50 to 101 cm (20- to 40-in.) row spacing." 
In-Field Data Sharing makes it easier for producers to coordinate multiple machines working in the same paddock. Operators can use the application to share coverage, application, yield and moisture maps along with straight tracks and circle tracks with up to six other machines.
The application helps machines to work together more efficiently, reducing skips, overlap, fuel and input costs for producers. During planting, seeding, harvesting, spraying and nutrient application, In-Field Data Sharing helps producers maximise each pass through the paddock.
"It's easy to share and check maps with In-Field Data Sharing.
"Operators can monitor machines as-applied maps to see if they’re properly calibrated and performing in a similar manner, thus maximising machine performance.
"In-Field Data Sharing also lets users transfer guidance lines between machines without manually moving a USB stick from one machine to another.
"This is a real time-saver when several machines are working in the same paddock.
"By using the application, operators can more efficiently manage nurse trucks, tenders and grain carts while decreasing operating costs."

Horticulture Innovation Australia has worked with global grocery statistics company, Nielsen, to bring vegetable growers the largest series of insights into market performance and shopping behaviour yet.  
Focusing specifically on the vegetable, sweetpotato and onion levy-paying industries, the regularly updated data bank, Harvest to Home, contains hundreds of valuable data points conveyed in a user-friendly format.
Hort Innovation chief executive John Lloyd said the platform was created after industries identified their need for deeper insights into trends in consumer preferences.
“Never before has there been this level of buying information been available to vegetable, sweetpotato and onion growers,” he said.
“Using the Harvest to Home website, growers can quickly identify how well commodities are selling in each State; how often consumers are buying; and how much they are spending on each occasion.
“Growers will also be able to determine who is buying their products, whether they are young people, couples, elderly people or families.
“On top of this, levy-paying growers will have access to longitudinal data so they can view historical trends, covering up to two years.
“We are also very excited to offer case studies produced by Nielsen that will pull together key industry insights and convey simple info-graphics for reading-ease.”
John Lloyd said the insights would help guide enhancements in quality, convenience, taste and health attributes that are targeted towards customers’ specific needs.
AUSVEG chief executive James Whiteside said it was a great opportunity for vegetable growers to have access to informative and up-to-date data on consumer purchasing habits that can be used to make more informed choices.
“Having access to these consumer behaviour insights will support our industry in adapting to market trends and keeping up-to-date with the needs and expectations of the modern Australian shopper,” he said.
“Harvest to Home is an important link between data and producers that will help growers better understand consumer habits and make informed business decisions, from what product lines they should offer to how they can access new market segments.”
This initiative is funded by Hort Innovation using vegetable, sweetpotato and onion levies and contributions from the Australian Government.
Go to www.harvesttohome.net.au

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