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Farm prices on the rise
THE average value of Australian farmland increased
by almost 10 per cent last year, marking a higher rise
than recent years, according to a report.
The findings, by Rural Bank and Rural Finance’s
Australian Farmland Values, were based on real
farm sales since 1995 and focused on more than
230,000 transactions, accounting for 278 million
hectares of land with a combined value of $132
Rural Bank general manager of agribusiness,
Andrew Smith, said the figures were positive for the
outlook of Australian agriculture.
“The 2016 Australian Farmland
Values report demonstrates the
underlying strength of this vibrant
asset class,” he said.
“Despite variable seasonal con-
ditions and ever-changing commod-
ities prices, the sustained growth
in land prices not only reflects the
resilience of the sector, but investor
confidence in Australian agricul-
ture’s growth prospects for the
“It’s clear from the report that you are likely to
come out on top if you buy right and take a long-term
view when investing in agricultural farmland.”
Farmland prices increased across most of the
states, with only Tasmania decreasing 0.4 per cent
while South Australia increased by 1.4 per cent.
“There has been incredible growth across the east-
ern states in 2016 and while the remaining states
have not performed so well in the same period - tak-
ing the long-term view - the growth rate is remarkably
consistent across the board,” Mr Smith said.
“This will come as no surprise to those on the
land, but perhaps we’re getting to a point where the
investment community is recognising what we’ve
always known – there is a bright future in Australian
RIVERLAND and Mallee grain growers
are enjoying a strong start to the
season following soaking rains in
Woodleigh grain grower Michael
Lange received almost 50mm in the
breaking season rains around Anzac
Day and said it was shaping up to be
a good season.
“We have good sub-soil moisture
and we are carrying through moisture
from a good spring last year as well,”
Mr Lange said.
Seeding began for the Lange family
in April and continued through May,
planting chickpeas, canola, lentils,
barely, wheat and peas.
Mr Lange was planting wheat two
weeks ago and said the chickpeas
were “coming out of the ground nice-
Russian wheat aphid (RWA) was
first detected in Australia – and the
Riverland and Mallee – last year and
Mr Lange said precautionary meas-
ures were taken to ensure a success-
ful crop this season.
“We had a little bit of (RWA) last
year, but not enough to spray,” he
“We had it, but we kept monitoring
it (and) we have put a seed treatment
on this year.
“It is expensive, but it beats going
out and spraying a crop. It just takes
the pressure off.”
While mice are an issue for many
grain growers in the state, Mr Lange
said it was yet to be problem on his
“There are mice holes everywhere,
but you go out at night time and you
can’t see them bounce across the
paddock, whereas in some areas,
they are everywhere,” he said.
“I think if we get this rain, then the
crops will bounce out of the ground
and hopefully there will be too much
there for the mice to eat.”
Mr Lange crops alongside his
parents Rob and Helen, and brother
Local grain grower Michael Lange in a paddock recently planted with chickpeas. PHOTO: Stephanie Thompson
Riverland to host almond research and development forum
THE Riverland will host the
2017 Australian Almond
Research and Development
Forum later this year.
The event will be held
at two local venues, the
Loxton Research Centre
and Century Orchards, on
According to the Almond
Board of Australia, almond
industry committee mem-
bers and collaborating
researchers will take part
in the R&D forum, present-
ing the latest updates on
“This forum enables
industry to converse with
researchers, network and
provides an ideal oppor-
tunity for collaboration/
conversations across the
supply chain and between
researchers and indus-
try,” the Almond Board of
“This event will include
presentations by respected
Australian and international
researchers and experts
focusing on the entire sup-
“Speakers will address
issues of technology
information and scientific
“Growers and delegates
will go away with a thorough
understanding of the indus-
try’s research activities.”
Registrations for the
event open on June 1.
To be involved, contact
ABA’s conference and
Jo Pippos (phone 5584
7053 or email jpippos@
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