West Australian farmers are twice as likely to pool their grain as farmers in the eastern states.
That’s just one of the findings from a national survey by agricultural market research business KG2, released this week.
Four hundred and fifty farmers were involved in the study, including almost 100 from WA, who on average grew around 5,000 tonne of grain per year.
KG2 researcher, Robert Woods, said the marketing preference was one of the only differences across the nation’s farmers.
“The two main selling methods if you like are cash on delivery and cash after delivery and that was reflected nationally and in Western Australia, those two statistics certainly came through,” he said.
“But following hot on the heels of cash after delivery was grain pools and Western Australia were literally about double the national average in terms of selecting that marketing method.”
The survey also showed that only a quarter of Australian farmers believed their financial returns had got better after de-regulation.
“We asked the question right up front, ‘since deregulation what do you think has happened to your returns?’ and 49 per cent of people have said that basically they have stayed the same,” Mr Woods said.
“27 per cent said they have got better and 17 per cent have said they got worse.
“Now what is really interesting is that across the whole country, those results are exactly the same, there is no difference between each of the states which is really surprising.”
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/west-australian-wheat-growers-twice-as-likely-to-pool-grain-says-national-survey)