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Welcome to the eleventh Progressive Agriculture update. Thanks for reading and enjoying.

Andrew Bomm

NSW water availability outlook

NSW DPI has put out their water availability outlook. It seems that NSW DPI is having some issues with their workload at the moment, and this is may be reflected in their communications.

DPI’s outlooks are available in the link below, and they’re a bit in-depth to describe here. They’re overly conservative and shouldn’t be given too much weight. Unfortunately, DPI’s assumptions about what will happen with allocations after 1 July are based on a fixed, conservative assumption about what will happen before 1 July. In the Murrumbidgee, a 99 per cent dry sequence is assumed until 1 July. In the NSW Murray, it’s 75 per cent.

See Here

Forward water

What’s forward water going for at the moment? I’ve heard everything between $78 and $105. There’s a lot of carryover in the system and a likelihood of strong allocations next spring. But there’s also going to be a lot of cotton going in and a drier spring to get summer crop in. Carryover parking has been expensive and is rare to find. There are a lot of competing factors and it’s hard to tell what opening price will be, but it’s probably likely to be closer to $78 than $105.

Snowy hydro announcement

Out of the blue, the PM recently announced that Snowy Hydro would be getting a $2bn government investment to increase its generation capacity. It seems like an on-the-run announcement in response to concerns about rising gas prices. Even if it goes ahead, there is unlikely to be additional water supply created for irrigators.


H20X outlook service

Water trading platform H2OX have teamed with Weatherzone to produce a weather outlook tailored for irrigators in the Basin. Here’s the latest one.
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Beer, bulling and 'correct' corporate views

The Coopers beer company has just lived a PR nightmare for nothing more than a whiff of association with Christianity, and their product being used as a prop in a civilised debate about gay marriage. Well, Christianity and civilised debate is not the friend of the Rabid Left, the masters of bullying and intolerance of alternative views. As predictably as the sun rising and setting, these opinion makers on social media turned something innocuous into the thought crime of the century, and forced Coopers into supporting the ‘correct’ view in the debate.

I’m not a Christian and I support gay marriage. But a company shouldn’t be beaten into submission for inadvertently being associated with a civilised discussion, on something the left themselves claim Australians can’t be civilised about. In support of a victim of bullying I’m going to commit here to make Coopers my beer of choice for a while.


Do you own the tractor you bought?

An incredible/disturbing debate is emerging about the rights of farm equipment owners to choose who repairs their equipment. In partnership with Apple, John Deere is attempting to lock up access to the diagnostic software required to make even the simplest of repairs to these complex machines. And charge through the nose, naturally. They argue that farmers don’t actually own their tractor, but have an ‘implied licence’ to operate it. What a crock of shit. And it’s a false economy anyway, only sending customers to manufacturers who aren’t trying this nonsense, or convincing them to stick with older meat and potatoes engineering. Check out the story here.
Check It Out Here

Interest rates

The market on interest rate movements has shifted, with Sportsbet favouring the next interest rate movement to be down. It’s currently paying $1.50.
Previous podcasts archive
I’ve put all the podcasts we’ve had in the update into a single resource on the Progressive Agriculture website. If you didn’t have time to listen to one in previous weeks, they’re all up via the link below for when you’re stuck in the tractor.
Listen Here
Betoota Advocate
The Betoota Advocate is the best ‘fake news’ on the net. Written from the perspective of country Queenslanders in a trendy metro area, it’s fantastic. See their Facebook page here.
Check It Out Here

Smoking in taxis

Here’s a great little video about the life a young, clean cut taxi driver doing his work in the 70’s. Now young, clean cut people drive for Uber.
Watch Here

Precision ag workshop

The RDCs have partnered to improve the uptake and benefits of precision agriculture. The Australian Farm Institute are running a series of workshops for those with a stake in this area, and the Wagga event is on Monday 28 March. 
Details and Registration Here
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