The Bookshelf

We develop a range of publications for our clients, including newsletters, proceedings, fact sheets, project reports and business reviews. See a sample of the latest publications below.

GRDC Farm Business Update Newsletters

The GRDC Farm Business Update newsletters for the Southern Region are produced by ORM as part of GRDCs Farm Business Management initiative.

GRDC Farm Business Update Newsletter - Issue # 40, July 2017

GRDC Farm Business Update Newsletter - Issue # 39, May 2017

  • Enterprise mix for 2017 - chasing rainbows, Harm van Rees
  • Machinery investment - a solution to the labour challenge, Phil O'Callaghan and David Smith
  • Checklist to ensure you are making better use of farm surpluses, Rob Brown

GRDC Farm Business Update Newsletter - Issue # 38, February 2017

  • Farm funding models, Richard Heath
  • What to do with profits, James Smith
  • Sharpening farm business skills, ORM

GRDC Farm Business Update Newsletter - Issue # 37, December 2016

  • Feed grain and how to market it this harvest, Brad Knight
  • Show me the profit - Using benchmarking to classify costs and identify profit drivers, Matt Bryant
  • Famring trends in the Wimmera and Mallee, Ag Profit
  • Digging deeper uncovers gold at GRDC Farm Business Updates, ORM

GRDC Farm Business Update Newsletter - Issue # 36, November 2016

  • Dollars beneath your feet - Farm Land values, Greg Kuchel
  • Turning Wheels - When should machinery be upgraded? David Brown
  • The profit high tide mark - Making profits in seven years out of ten, Andrew Beattie

Read more: GRDC Farm Business Update Newsletters

GRDC Grains Research Update Newsletters

The GRDC Grains Research Update newsletters for the Southern Region are produced by ORM as part of GRDCs Grains Research Updates project.

GRDC Grains Research Update Newsletter - Issue # 47, July 2017

GRDC Grains Research Update Newsletter - Issue # 46, May 2017

  • Autumn populations clue to DBM pressure, Kym Perry
  • Nature a powerful ally, even for RWA, Greg Baker
  • IPM potential for RWA control, Frank Peairs
  • Nutrition lessons from a wet season, Rob Norton
  • Phosphorus, herbicides, impact medic performance, Brian Dzoma
  • Diversity the key to sustainability, John Kirkegaard
  • Don't be distracted by stubble, Tony Swan
  • Timing, moisture keys to upper-canopy blackleg, Steve Marcroft

GRDC Grains Research Update Newsletter - Issue # 45, December 2016

  • One step at a time with slugs and snails, Michael Nash
  • Management key to minimising sclerotinia pressure, Kurt Lindbeck
  • Paddock management to influence pest risk, Garry McDonald
  • Vigilance starting point for mouse control, Greg Mutze

GRDC Grains Research Update Newsletter - Issue # 44, November 2016

  • New aphid pest 'manageable', Greg Baker
  • Lets talk about K, Rob Norton
  • First class - Master class, ORM
  • Crop stubble residues a valuable nutrient resource, DR BP Singh
  • New blackleg ratings released for canola cultivars, Steve Marcroft

GRDC Grains Research Update Newsletter - Issue # 43, October 2016

  • Marketing important for hay producers, Colin Peace
  • Sharpening the crop competition tool, Dr William Brown
  • Barley yellow dwarf virus plant samples wanted for survey, Craig Burchall
  • Better weather forecasting means better returns, Dr Peter Hayman
  • Multiple benefits from CTF, Greg Condon
  • Time to build on the pros of elevated CO2 levels, Glenn Fitzgerald

GRDC Grains Research Update Newsletter - Issue # 42, June 2016

  • Focus on managemnet to reduce disease risk, Kurt Lindbeck
  • Biomass the base for canola yield, Rohan Brill
  • Focus on leaf tests to tackle TEs, Nigel Wilhelm
  • Protecting the working bees, Dr Saul Cunningham

Read more: GRDC Grains Research Update Newsletters

Remote Data Use in Agriculture

The Remote Data Use in Agriculture project was undertaken on behalf of the Wimmera Development Association for the Wimmera Southern Mallee Region in 2012. The final report was published in March, 2013.

Executive Summary

“Agriculture is fast becoming one of the most technologically advanced industries in Australia, with some of the lowest levels of phone and data reception. Farmers need up to the minute reliable information, to make informed decisions, and to get the most from efficiency improving technology. The National Broadband Network (NBN) stands to unlock a huge potential for technology development in this industry,” (anonymous survey participant).

The Wimmera Development Association (WDA) identifies agriculture as the largest industry sector in the region in terms of employment, expenditure, gross revenue and regional exports. Given its significance in the local economy, agriculture in the Wimmera Southern Mallee needs to stay attuned to the exciting opportunities existing and emerging in the digital economy.

Read more: Remote Data Use in Agriculture

GRDC Farm Business Management Fact Sheets

The GRDC Farm Business Update fact sheets are produced by ORM as part of GRDCs Farm Business Management initiative in the Southern Region.

Your farm business managment checklist

  • Farm business management covers a very wide range of issues. How do you know if you are addressing them in your business? Where do you go if you want more information or guidance?

 Simple and effective business planning

  • Using the 'now, where and how' process can help create simple and effective strategic plans for your grain-growing business. Strategic planning focuses on establishing goals and actions to ensure farming businesses develop and prosper.

The benefits of separating the land assets from the operating business

  • Traditionally, land assets and farming operations have been run together as one farming business. The benefits from separating the real estate (farm land) from the operating business relate to alternative options for farm scale expansion, succession and retirement.

Read more: GRDC Farm Business Management Fact Sheets

GRDC Dollar$ and $en$e articles

The GRDC Dollar$ and $en$e articles are produced by ORM for the Ground Cover magazine as part of GRDCs Farm Business Management initiative in the Southern Region.

Effective managment is a 'work in progress'; Issue #111, July-August 2014

The affable and unassuming nature of Leo Delahunty belies the steely farm business acumen and focus that the family farming operation, Templemore Partners, has applied over the past 40 years.

Separate decisions for tax and cash; Issue #110, May-June 2014

"That was a good profit... where did it go?" It is a question often heard as financial statement are reviewed at the end of the financial year.

Off-farm family security; Issue #109, March-April 2014

The winter crop is in the bin and growers are looking for ways to invest surplus income to expand, manage risk and diversify. Typically, expansion is associated with buying the property next door; however, in some instances it can be achieved by building scale outside the farm buiness.

Read more: GRDC Dollar$ and $en$e articles