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Revised China protocols plus zero tariff boost Australian barley prospects

Henry Wells, 13 December 2017

Last month’s rewrite of Australia’s Import Management Protocol (IMP) with China, coupled with a unique zero tariff under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), has galvanised export prospects for Australian barley into its biggest market.

Sub-continent cotton stocks revised downwards: USDA

Grain Central, 13 December 2017

India’s forecast 2017/18 ending stocks for cotton have been lowered substantially from 13.2 million bales to 11.7 million in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) December crop update released today.

Saline seeps threaten Mallee farmlands

Grain Central, 13 December 2017

A new report investigating the extent and impact of seeps on farm land across the Mallee in Victoria and South Australia has confirmed that degradation caused by the fast-growing emergence of high saline seeps could cost the region around $10 million in lost production per year.

Rain raises spray drift risk levels

Grain Central, 13 December 2017

The threat of off-target spray drift has risen to very high levels in northern NSW where the new cotton season is underway and in broadacre farming regions adjoining horticulture areas.

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 13 Dec 2017

Grain Central, 13 December 2017

Moderate falls were recorded in southeastern Australia from the passage of a cold front, while thunderstorms and showers in southeastern Queensland and northern New South Wales brought moderate rainfall.

Daily market wire 13 December 2017

Guest Author, 13 December 2017

Futures markets again all traded lower overnight. Bearish factors outweighed the bullish upon release of the USDA supply/demand December estimates. Australia’s weather appears better and cash markets are punctuated by brighter outlook.

Winter crop down, summer plantings up: ABARES

Grain Central, 12 December 2017

Australian winter crop production is forecast to reach 34.9 million tonnes (Mt) in 2017-18, 41 per cent lower than the record production in 2016–17, according to ABARES’ ‘Agricultural commodities, December quarter 2017’ report released today.

BioMar unveils plans for Tasmanian aquafeed plant

Liz Wells, 12 December 2017

Biomar Australia has released plans to develop a $56 million plant at Wesley Vale on Tasmania’s north coast which is expected to boost the state’s use of wheat and faba beans as preferred inputs for salmon feed.

Eastern harvest intake passes 7Mt after week of rain delays

Grain Central, 12 December 2017

Deliveries to South Australia’s bulk handler, Viterra, hit 3.5 million tonnes (Mt) on Monday while progress in Queensland, NSW and Victoria has seen GrainCorp’s harvest total to yesterday reach 3.86Mt.

Victoria adopts heavy vehicle rule changes

Grain Central, 12 December 2017

In another step towards the harmonisation of heavy vehicle road rules across Australia, VicRoads has updated Victoria’s road legislation to absorb the proposed changes.

Uncertainty is a market killer…pulses hurting

Guest Author, 12 December 2017

What’s behind the tumble in pulse prices – especially for chickpeas – in a year when Australian crops are mediocre and full of quality issues?

Daily market wire 12 December 2017

Guest Author, 12 December 2017

Futures markets all traded lower overnight, led by funds selling wheat more than one per cent down. Australia’s wheat export trade is quiet amid harvest weather delays; barley is better.

Wild relatives break open door to Ascochyta-resistant chickpeas

Neil Lyon, 11 December 2017

Australian scientists are heading a fast-moving project that will ultimately lead to the development of new lines of chickpeas with resistance to the damaging disease, Ascochyta blight.

WA harvest rockets past 9Mt

Grain Central, 11 December 2017

West Australian bulk handler, CBH Group, has received 9.22 million tonnes (Mt) of grain, close to 80 per cent of the total expected, in the state’s harvest as of 7 December.

We’re back into a La Nina, but a shorter one than last time

Grain Central, 11 December 2017

The Bureau of Meteorology has raised its ENSO Outlook to LA NIÑA, indicating that sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific have reached La Niña levels.

Basin Plan agenda deserves support: Cotton Australia

Grain Central, 11 December 2017

Cotton Australia has called for ongoing bipartisan support for the implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Smart Farming Partnerships grant application period closing soon

Grain Central, 11 December 2017

Time is running out for farming, fishing and forestry organisations to make applications for Smart Farming Partnerships grants of between $250,000 and $4 million.

Daily market wire 11 December 2017

Guest Author, 11 December 2017

Futures markets movements on Friday night were mostly a little lower. Australia’s weekend weather favoured harvesting.

Chickpeas struggle to fill bins in tough year

Neil Lyon, 08 December 2017

It has been a year of disappointment for many chickpea growers in the northern farming zone where headers are mopping up the last of what has been a mixed bag of crops.

Small-scale cattle feeders eye stained grain

Liz Wells, 08 December 2017

Dairy farmers and opportunity feedlotters are likely to absorb what could well be a considerable tonnage of stained wheat and barley created by recent rains which soaked crops on the point of harvest in Victoria, southern NSW and parts of South Australia.

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