Pulses

ABARES revises forecasts for major pulses to 2.58Mt

Grain Central, September 9, 2020

A crop of lupins at Barooka in South Australia’s South East which the Goode family expects to be harvesting around Christmas. Photo: Henry Goode

ABARES has forecast production of Australia’s five major pulse crops at 2.58 million tonnes (Mt), up 10 per cent from its initial forecast released in June of 2.35Mt, but 2pc below last month’s estimate of 2.63Mt from industry body Pulse Australia.

ABARES’ latest figures were released yesterday in its Australian crop report – September 2020, and show increases of 7pc on chickpeas and field peas, 4pc and 5pc on faba beans and lupins respectively, and a hefty 30pc on lentils.

September estimates from ABARES sit below the standing Pulse Australia numbers by 8pc on chickpeas, 26pc on field peas and 13pc on faba beans, but 40pc and 7pc above them on lentils and lupins respectively.

On hectares planted, ABARES has trimmed its estimate for chickpeas due to ongoing dry conditions in Queensland, but boosted its estimate for lentil area by 24pc.

This is believed to reflect a late swing out of barley in response to China’s introduction in May of a tariff on Australian feed and malting barley.

ABARES September area estimates for field peas, lentils and lupins are steady to a touch higher compared with initial estimates released in June.

Australia’s 2020-21 pulse harvest has started in small volume in Central Queensland this week, and will gather pace as it moves south to hit peak volume in November and December.

State Chickpeas Field peas Faba beans Lentils Lupins
Qld 275,000 0 nq 0 0
NSW 352,000 59,000 nq 10,000 96,000
Vic 68,000 59,000 nq 180,000 44,000
SA 9,000 115,000 nq 289,000 50,000
WA 5,000 45,000 nq 18,000 490,000
National 708,000 278,000 418,000 497,000 680,000
ABARES Jun 661,000 259,000 402,000 381,000 650,000
Change +7pc +7pc +4pc +30pc +5pc
PA Aug 773,000 378,000 479,000 358,000 638,000

Table 1: ABARES Sep 2020 estimated tonnage for major pulses by state, and ABARES initial national estimates released in June, as well as Pulse Australia’s estimates issued in August.

State Chickpeas Field peas Faba beans Lentils Lupins
Qld 230,000 0 nq 0 0
NSW 220,000 37,000 nq 7,000 60,000
Vic 45,000 47,000 nq 150,000 38,000
SA 8,000 85,000 nq 170,000 40,000
WA 5,000 35,000 nq 11,000 350,000
National 508,000 204,000 239,000 338,000 488,000
vs ABARES Jun 531,000 204,000 235,000 272,000 485,000
Change -4pc Steady +2pc +24pc +1pc
PA Aug 452,000 241,000 233,000 250,000 499,000

Table 2: Sep 2020 estimated area for major pulses by state, and ABARES initial national estimates released in June, as well as Pulse Australia’s estimates issued in August. Source: ABARES

 

 

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