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What is ISCC and what does it mean for farmers?

Key messages

  • The International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) is a global certification system that verifies sustainability principles for biobased food, feed and renewables.
  • ISCC certification is voluntary, however, growers can gain export advantages and access premium prices.
  • Participating farmers can be audited, so it’s important to be able to produce documentation that supports your declaration if required.
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Optical spray technology: Can it reduce costs & improve spray efficiency?

Key messages

  • optical spray technology can offer dramatic savings in chemical, diesel and labour use
  • green-on-brown (fallow) and green-on-green (in-crop) technologies are proving themselves with Australian farmers and can have a fit for all cropping operations
  • low-cost options are available, with drones also having the capability to map and spray weeds across large areas
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Crop diseases to watch out for this spring

Key messages

  • monitor now for fungal diseases including stripe rust, septoria and sclerotinia
  • despite predictions for a drier-than-average spring, disease outbreaks could still occur 
  • rotate fungicide groups to reduce the risk of resistance developing and investigate the potential of new fungicide products
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Tax rules for depreciating assets

 

This week’s blog has been contributed by Riverine Plains Signature Partner, Belmores Chartered Accountants 

Key messages

  • understanding rules around asset depreciation could help farmers with tax planning this financial year
  • farmers could be eligible to deduct the full cost of depreciating assets costing less than $20,000 for multiple assets
  • applies to assets first used or installed ready for use between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024
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Getting the most out of your farm data

Key messages:

  • always have a clear purpose for collecting on-farm data and understand how it can be used to make decisions, for example informing fertiliser strategies, livestock breeding programs and soil amelioration
  • good quality data is critical to making informed decisions
  • ensure that you will be able to access your data, even when changing consultants or machinery suppliers
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