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A drone photo of wheat being harvested near Moree, Australia, Oct. 27.

Just when Australia needs it, wheat farmers start bumper harvest

Australia to produce third-biggest wheat crop in 30 years as Black Sea conditions lead to wheat price rise

Reuters – For the past few years, crop machinery has sat idle in many Australian farm sheds as a devastating drought left almost nothing to harvest across the country’s pancake-flat eastern Wheat Belt. As the southern summer approaches, however, Ben Ledingham now watches combine harvesters race up and down wheat fields on his family’s property

Barley south of Ethelton, Sask. in early August 2017. (File photo by Dave Bedard)

Barley trade routes redrawn as China tariff hits Australian farmers

China's barley purchases from Canada more than double last year's

Sydney/Paris | Reuters — Out in Australia’s grain fields, farmers have started harvesting one of their biggest-ever barley crops, after drought-relieving rains convinced many to plant to the edges of their paddocks. Yet the tractors are working under the cloud of a new tariff imposed by China — seen widely as retaliation for Australia’s push

Piles of harvested wheat are covered with plastic sheets near the depot for GrainCorp, Australia’s largest listed bulk grain handler, located in the New South Wales town of Burren Junction, in this file photo.

Australia hopes for ‘magnificent’ wheat crop in pandemic economy

Farmers Down Under are buying equipment in anticipation of a big harvest

Reuters – Just months after rains broke Australia’s crippling three-year drought, fields of grain have sprung to life, lifting forecasts for a bumper wheat harvest and reviving the beaten-up agricultural sector through roaring tractor sales and increased lending. The mid-season crops in some of the country’s major eastern grain-growing areas are as lush as some

Sheep shearers are a hot commodity in Australia right now as producers try to capitalize on higher wool prices after a generations-long slump.

Falling off the sheep’s back: Why Australia can’t capitalize on record wool prices

A long-awaited surge in wool prices has met a shortage in key personnel and a low sheep count

Sheep farmers in rural Australia waited more than half a century for wool prices to come roaring back, only to find there aren’t enough shearers to trim their golden fleeces. “Once upon a time you could go down to the local pub and arrange for some fellas to come in and start almost immediately —