GM compensation inquiry maintains status quo

A Western Australian inquiry into compensating farmers for economic loss caused by contamination from genetically modified (GM) material has found there is no case for changing existing laws…Read More

Neil Lyon, February 15, 2019

Young SA researcher takes emerging leader award + Adelaide GRDC Update PICS

South Australian scientist Kenton Porker has been recognised as one of the grains industry’s most influential young leaders, receiving the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Southern Region 2019 Emerging Leader Award at this week’s Adelaide GRDC Update…Read More

Grain Central, February 15, 2019

Australia’s July-December wheat exports at 4.47Mt down 40pc on 2H17

Australia’s 2H18 wheat exports at 4.47 million tonnes were 40 per cent below the 2H17 total, hardly surprising in a period when the drought-affected domestic market put its hand up for much of what would normally go offshore…Read More

Liz Wells, February 15, 2019

Sorghum drying early focus for DMC Grains under Horizon

Horizon Commodities has acquired DMC Grains at Dalby, and added grain drying, handling and storage services to its existing trading business on Queensland’s Darling Downs…Read More

Henry Wells, February 15, 2019

New look and feel for Grain Central website

Take a moment to read these helpful tips on finding your way around the new-look Grain Central website which has a cleaner, simpler look; is easier to navigate; and has a host of new features and functions to reflect industry trends…Read More

Grain Central, February 15, 2019

Daily Market Wire 15 February 2019

Currency strength and trade fear drove US wheat futures 2-3 per cent lower overnight. Argentina boosted its estimates of summer crop output. Australian grains drifted though buyers breathed life into some Australian canola prices…Read More

Lachstock Consulting, February 15, 2019


‘First look’ seasonal climate outlook for Mar-May 2019
Bureau of Meteorology, February 14, 2019
Daily Market Wire 14 February 2019
Lachstock Consulting, February 14, 2019

Industry Dashboard

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ASX Market Index

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Company Price Trending
Elders $6.20
Australian Agricultural Co $0.93
Graincorp $9.62
Ruralco $3.01
Ridley $1.41
Woolworths $30.30
Wellard $0.042
Source: ASX

Wheat

APW1 delivered Melbourne

Last Week

432
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Barley

FB1 delivered Melbourne

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376

Canola

Spot delivered Melbourne

Today

606
Source: Lachstock Consulting

Sorghum

Sorghum track Newcastle

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388
Source: Lachstock Consulting

SOI Graph

Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

Today

-0.59
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology

What readers are saying

‘Millet king’ signs off on half century in the birdseed trade

Great article and right on the changes in the industry..., a hearty congratulations to you Terry... Cheers..

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Riverina families celebrate 90 years of growing rice + VIDEO

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LTAP heavyweights launch takeover bid for GrainCorp

Get it done GrainCorp. Let us stay in Australian hands. Let LTAP buy. Australian's for Australia. Us Aussies will invest. Just tell us when and where and it's done. Anything to benefit the..

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Conservation ag group forced into liquidation

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News

GM compensation inquiry maintains status quo

A Western Australian inquiry into compensating farmers for economic loss caused by contamination from genetically modified (GM) material has found there is no case for changing existing laws…Read More

Neil Lyon, February 15, 2019

DLF Seeds cleared to take over PGG Wrightson Seeds

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has decided it will not oppose DLF Seeds’ proposed acquisition of PGG Wrightson Seeds…Read More

Grain Central, February 14, 2019

Birchip farmer group steers steady course to success

Newly-elected chair of the Birchip Cropping Group, John Ferrier, has no plans to change the formula which has made the group such a standout success as a leader in farmer-driven research in Australia…Read More

Neil Lyon, February 13, 2019

New $42 million partnership to unlock WA’s problematic soils

A historic $42 million research partnership aimed at unlocking the potential of Western Australia’s problematic soils was announced today between the GRDC and the State’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD)…Read More

Grain Central, February 13, 2019

Weather

‘First look’ seasonal climate outlook for Mar-May 2019

The Bureau of Meteorology’s ‘first look’ at conditions for March through to May indicates that rainfall is likely to be below average for much of northern Australia, with warmer than average days and nights very likely across the country.
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Bureau of Meteorology, February 14, 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 13 Feb 2019

An embedded tropical low on the monsoon tough produced very heavy falls in the Gulf Country and Queensland’s northern interior. The highest weekly total was 505 mm at Paluma Ivy Cottage, northwest of Townsville in Queensland…Read More

Bureau of Meteorology, February 13, 2019

El Nino/Indian Ocean Dipole remain in neutral territory

The Bureau of Meteorology’s ENSO Outlook remains at El Niño WATCH, meaning there is approximately a 50 per cent chance of El Niño developing during the southern hemisphere autumn or winter. The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is neutral…Read More

Grain Central, February 6, 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 6 Feb 2019

The active monsoon trough brought moderate to heavy falls to parts of northern Australia, while a tropical low over northwest Queensland, embedded on an active monsoon trough, resulted in heavy falls and flooding in northern Queensland…Read More

Bureau of Meteorology, February 6, 2019

Cropping

GM compensation inquiry maintains status quo

A Western Australian inquiry into compensating farmers for economic loss caused by contamination from genetically modified (GM) material has found there is no case for changing existing laws…Read More

Neil Lyon, February 15, 2019

Young SA researcher takes emerging leader award + Adelaide GRDC Update PICS

South Australian scientist Kenton Porker has been recognised as one of the grains industry’s most influential young leaders, receiving the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Southern Region 2019 Emerging Leader Award at this week’s Adelaide GRDC Update…Read More

Grain Central, February 15, 2019

Don’t think twice, it’s all right – Australia’s canola exports

Over the last 15 years the level of canola production in Australia has risen at an annual average rate of 19 per cent (including seasonal variations) to around 3.6 million tonnes, and domestic consumption has risen at a slightly lower rate of 12pc, leaving on average 63pc available for export…Read More

The Colere Group, February 14, 2019

Birchip farmer group steers steady course to success

Newly-elected chair of the Birchip Cropping Group, John Ferrier, has no plans to change the formula which has made the group such a standout success as a leader in farmer-driven research in Australia…Read More

Neil Lyon, February 13, 2019

Markets

Australia’s July-December wheat exports at 4.47Mt down 40pc on 2H17

Australia’s 2H18 wheat exports at 4.47 million tonnes were 40 per cent below the 2H17 total, hardly surprising in a period when the drought-affected domestic market put its hand up for much of what would normally go offshore…Read More

Liz Wells, February 15, 2019

Sorghum drying early focus for DMC Grains under Horizon

Horizon Commodities has acquired DMC Grains at Dalby, and added grain drying, handling and storage services to its existing trading business on Queensland’s Darling Downs…Read More

Henry Wells, February 15, 2019

Daily Market Wire 15 February 2019

Currency strength and trade fear drove US wheat futures 2-3 per cent lower overnight. Argentina boosted its estimates of summer crop output. Australian grains drifted though buyers breathed life into some Australian canola prices…Read More

Lachstock Consulting, February 15, 2019

Feedgrain Focus: Export parity arrests barley price slide

Barley has become the mainstay of many NSW/Qld cattle rations as international market quirks handed the east coast feedlot sector wide open access at prices cheaper than previously dominant wheat and sorghum. Meantime most non-grain feed ingredients remain hard to source…Read More

Liz and Henry Wells, February 14, 2019

Machinery

Heavy vehicle compliance made easy

A new initiative developed by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and Grain Producers South Australia (GPSA) aims to assist farmers better understand and comply with heavy vehicle regulations…Read More

Grain Central, February 8, 2019

Helmet saves pilot in ag plane crash

An agricultural pilot has escaped serious injury thanks to his decision to wear a helmet in the cockpit, a reminder to pilots of the importance of wearing a correctly fitting helmet to reduce the risk of a serious head injury…Read More

Grain Central, February 8, 2019

Victorian road train extension set to lower drought freight costs

Hay and grain freight costs from Victoria’s Wimmera region to some drought-stricken New South Wales and Queensland farmers are expected to reduce after the Victorian road train network was extended…Read More

Terry Sim, February 5, 2019

Recall notice issued for Kawasaki 700cc side-by-sides

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued an Australia-wide recall notice for Kawasaki Mule Pro-MX 700cc side-by-side vehicles purchased between 1 July 2018 and 24 January 2019…Read More

Grain Central, February 4, 2019

Property

Paraway lists three NSW aggregations with cropping focus

Macquarie’s Paraway Pastoral Company is selling its Bundemar Park, Laura Downs and Paddy’s River aggregations to reduce the size of its Coonamble and Trangie holdings following its purchase last year of a clutch of Hassad assets…Read More

Liz Wells, February 12, 2019

Viridis Ag downsize returns Eyre Peninsula/NSW farms to market

In what is set to become one of the shortest ownerships in recent corporate-farming history, Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management’s Viridis Ag is preparing to offload its South Australian cropping aggregation and part of its NSW mixed-farming aggregation, both of which were purchased in October last year…Read More

Liz Wells, February 11, 2019

New analytics platform for assessing rural land

CSIRO and rural technology start-up, Digital Agriculture Services (DAS), have launched an innovative new platform that combines artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud-based geospatial technology that will comprehensively assess and monitor rural land anywhere in Australia,..Read More

Grain Central, January 22, 2019

Temora-based BFB sells majority stake to Canadian pension investor

One of Australia’s largest grain growers, BFB, has announced the sale of Proterra Investment Partners’ majority stake to the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers and a major investor in the Australian agricultural sector…Read More

Grain Central, January 15, 2019

Beef Central

“We will help rebuild the north’s cattle industry,” declares PM Morrison

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to help rebuild Northwest Queensland’s cattle industry and support the recovery of battling farmers during a visit to the flood-ravaged region earlier today...Read More

New-look Beef Central website all about reader experience

Welcome to the new-look Beef Central website, launched on Monday. Readers will note some significant changes to the appearance of the site, its content and layout, and the way.. Read More

Ag Minister calls for calm after WA vegan/farmer confrontation

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has called for calm following an incident in Harvey, WA...Read More.. Read More

Three charged after flood victims targeted near Winton

Queensland Police officers have arrested and charged three people with 10 charges related to taking advantage of flood affected property owners...Read More.. Read More

Sheep Central

Western Australian dairy farmer’s fight with activist prompts call for police intervention

FARMERS harassed by activists have been urged to call police rather than take direct action, following an altercation between vegan activists and Western Australian dairy farmer this week after.. Read More

Global grass and seed giant to extend its reach in Australia and NZ

THE world’s biggest pasture grass and clover seed company – DLF Seeds -- is set to increase its market reach after it received important Australian and New Zealand regulatory.. Read More

Crossbred wool prices reach historic levels in buoyant Australian auctions

HISTORICALLY high crossbred wool prices, including gains of up to 35 cents for 28 micron lines, were the highlight of a buoyant Australian auction market this week...Read.. Read More

Tight wool supplies staving off forward contract discounts

AUSTRALIA’S wool auction market had another strong week, with low supply pushing Merino qualities higher and forward price discounts being offset by the tight supplies...Read More.. Read More

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