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Harvest pressure, looming tariff fail to shake India’s interest in Australian wheat

Guest Author, 23 March 2017

India is expected to remain a volume buyer of Australian wheat until August at least, based on its requirement for methyl bromide fumigation at origin, and competitive ASW pricing against Indian new-crop into destinations in the country’s south.

Wet season raises soil-borne disease threat

Grain Central, 23 March 2017

The wet season of 2016 will have favoured the multiplication of many soil-borne pathogens, with experts recommending that any growers contemplating growing wheat in paddocks following cereals or grassy pastures to consider using PreDicta B® testing.

Rain has not dampened current and new crop grain prices

Henry Wells, 22 March 2017

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.

Fungicide resistance discovery calls for urgent action

Grain Central, 22 March 2017

Australian grain growers are being advised to implement effective integrated disease management strategies following the discovery of resistance to strobilurin fungicides in wheat powdery mildew (WPM).

Winter sowing intentions: early rains underwrite WA crop prospects

Neil Lyon, 17 March 2017

Widespread rains across Western Australia’s grainbelt at the end of January and the start of February have given growers a promising head start for the forthcoming winter cropping program.

Aussie dollar underpins grain values: US expert

Neil Lyon, 17 March 2017

In a world awash with grain, United States grains expert, Dan Basse, advises Australian farmers to keep a close watch on the Australian dollar because it will largely dictate the value of Australian grain prices.

Winter sowing intentions: summer rainfall bonus points to big plantings in South Australia

Neil Lyon, 16 March 2017

Barley and faba beans will take a back seat to canola, lentil and chickpea crops in South Australia this winter as growers look to capitalise on an unseasonally wet summer that has bolstered subsoil moisture levels heading into the winter cropping period.

Winter sowing intentions: Victorian growers turn to oilseeds and pulses

Neil Lyon, 15 March 2017

Victorian grain growers are primed to plant significant areas of canola, lentils and chickpeas this coming winter cropping season as price comparisons lure them away from cereals towards potentially more lucrative, but riskier, oilseed and pulse crops.

Winter sowing intentions: NSW growers hold out for autumn break

Neil Lyon, 14 March 2017

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.

Winter sowing intentions: Chickpeas top the menu for Queensland

Neil Lyon, 13 March 2017

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.