Confidence dips, but farmers stay positive in face of COVID uncertainty

Winter-barley

Rabobank’s quarterly survey of farmers’ state of mind has revealed a dip in confidence due to uncertainty about the impacts of COVID-19, but good rains and solid commodity prices are keeping spirits up. Confidence has retreated from the historic highs recorded earlier this year when shoppers were stripping supermarket shelves of everything they could get […]

NZ farmer confidence is high

New Zealand farmer confidence and investment intentions jumped to record levels in the second quarter of this year, buoyed by improved commodity prices. Source: The New Zealand Herald Rabobank said net farmer confidence rose to 54%  from 27% in the March quarter, hitting the highest level since its survey began in 2003. Investment intentions lifted across all agricultural […]

Tips to better haymaking

As the weather starts to cool down across the country, it is a timely reminder for haymakers to consider their haymaking essentials. Source: AFDJ eNews Over the years, haymaking has become a very accurate process combining art and science with the use of mechanical instruments and the right judgement particularly when it comes to timing. “Changes […]

Golden era for farming in Australia

Australia’s agriculture sector is entering a “golden era” of prosperity and growth, boosting the national economy, farmers’ incomes and the fortunes of sluggish regional towns and struggling country businesses. Source: The Australian National agricultural production will exceed $60 billion in value this year, for the first time. Food and rural exports are already worth $48bn to the economy, […]