The rain’s impact appears to be limited to taking the peak off some feed markets, with one trader saying the Newcastle track market for sorghum had peaked March 10 at $250 per tonne.
NSW grain growers are holding off locking in their winter cropping plans, waiting to see what the ‘autumn break’ will bring before deciding whether to go all out with potentially high-returning alternative crops or opt for a conservative strategy based on traditional cereals.
This week Grain Central takes a look at the sowing intentions of growers across Australia for the forthcoming winter crop. Today, Queensland is in the spotlight. Throughout the week, Grain Central will present coverage of what growers are thinking in other states.
For the first time in the history of chickpeas in eastern Australia, farmers will be going into the winter sowing season this year with more inoculum of the pathogens that attack chickpeas than ever before.
Yields for sorghum crops now being harvested on the Darling Downs are coming in well below average and growers are now hoping for autumn rain to bolster prospects for a winter crop which makes up for the challenging summer.
Chickpea growers in NSW and Queensland are being urged to take advantage of a no-cost testing service to ensure this season’s planting seed is disease and defect free.
Header fire prevention and insurance issues, and managing the pest and disease challenges thrown up by the surge in chickpea production, will be a top priority for GRDC research and development investment.
Frantic export pace in chickpeas has clocked one million tonnes (Mt) of exports since September.
US researchers are evaluating combinations of breeding methods in an effort to increase the success rate of crossing chickpeas.
Quality and quantity questions around the Indian chickpea crop should be answered by mid-March, when the bigger producing states such as Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, begin harvesting and farmers start marketing their produce.