Leading agribusiness consultancy, Agvise has expanded its offering to the Great Southern with the establishment of an office at Albany led by well-known ex-banker, Matt Leverington.

Mr Leverington and Agvise grain marketing consultant, Jacinta Kelly toured farms in the Katanning, Albany, Kojonup and Gnowangerup districts recently, visiting growers to discuss needs and conditions leading into the 2023 season.
“Some graingrowers are already seeding flat out where they have moisture, particularly in the Williams district,” Mr Leverington said.

“Others around Gnowangerup and Kojonup, where there might be mixed soil profiles, are waiting for further falls to ensure a good start to crops, particularly given the recent warm weather.

“Every farm and every farmer is different in their approach to risk and whether they are bullish or more risk averse.”

Mr Leverington expected a swing back to cereals this season from big canola plantings in recent years but attributed this more to rotational considerations and weed management than trade or market indicators.
“Growers seem to be more interested in rotations this year after some profitable canola years and this is prompting a swing back into barley and other cereals, while maintaining canola in the mix,” he said.
“The drop in canola price has reduced plantings but returning to normal rotations is the main sentiment of a number of people we talked to.
“Agvise analysis shows canola to be a high profit driver in recent seasons and we expect this to continue, although perhaps to a lesser extent.
“We still see canola as a profitable option and encourage our clients to continue to focus on year-to-year profitability.”

Mr Leverington said growers were interested in discussing the value of establishing a financial baseline from their historical data as a launching pad for future management and financial decisions.
“This gives a measuring stick from which the farm business performance can be measured and a sound footing for decision making,” he said.
Also based at the Albany office is analyst Joanne Thorne, who is local to the district and will apply her well-honed analytical skills to identify growth and improvement opportunities and help businesses implement changes that assist them to reach their goals.

Agvise specialises in in-depth financial due diligence, risk and asset management, feasibility assessments, strategic planning, business restructuring, succession planning and board representation.
Established by Shane Sander in 2000, Agvise is now led by partners Mr Sander, David Mighall, Perth and Nic McGregor, Merredin.
“Agvise has a long track record working with some of the largest and most successful agribusinesses in Western Australia and has earnt a reputation for expert commercial acumen, financial rigour, hard work and consistently delivering the outcomes our clients seek,” Mr Sander said.

“Having Matt at Albany means we can offer the Great Southern the same financial analysis to underpin decision-making that our clients in the regions of WA have enjoyed.”

To contact Matt Leverington, phone 0487 003 860 or email mleverington@agvise.com.au.


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 Agvise grain marketing consultant, Jacinta Kelly and senior consultant, Matt Leverington toured Great Southern farms last week ahead of the 2023 crop season.


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