Riverine Plains Blog

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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ESG - what is it & what does it mean for farmers?

What does ESG mean for farmers?

Key messages:

  • environmental, social, and governance (ESG) is a framework that covers business practices and data capture
  • national and international market access requirements are changing, driven largely by consumers and shareholders demanding transparency around environmental and ethical farming practices
  • farmers will increasingly have to collect and present data to prove their ESG credentials to maintain market access and potentially access finance in future
  • more work is needed to understand the types of ESG data that are important across the value chain
  • awareness of coming changes will help farmers proactively manage their future business needs

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