ONLINE trading platform Clear Grain Exchange (CGX) broke its daily trading record last Wednesday when 72,699 tonnes changed hands.
CGX managing director Nathan Cattle said the increased volume came about because values hit levels growers had been targeting.
More than 130,000t traded on CGX over last week, and on last Wednesday alone, 26 different buyers purchased grain through CGX, and 32 buyers purchased grain through the week.
“It was a nice outcome for many growers, and indicates an underlying recognition that there can be a better way to sell grain,” Mr Cattle said.
“The aim is to encourage a more efficient market with as many buyers as possible participating to try and buy grain from growers.
“The result is often growers are achieving better value for their grain than is being advertised to them through indicative bids.
A lift in international values drove the rally.
“This is good because it means Australian grain remains relatively cheap versus our major export competitors, and so Australian grain is in demand.”
“Both wheat and barley out of Australia remains the most competitive into the major consumption areas of Asia and the Middle East for February 2021 delivery compared to our competitors.
Eastern Australia is the cheapest as the supply chain there struggles to handle the big crop.
WA remains well priced into all major destinations against the US, our nearest competitor for wheat, and our nearest competitor for barley, the Black Sea origins.
Not surprisingly we remain very competitive into China on barley if there were no tariffs.
There are plenty of buyers interested in buying Australian grain.
Remember they can only buy and execute a certain amount at a time. Hence if growers sell too quickly, this will keep a weight on Aussie grower prices relative to our international competitors.
A slower selling pace from Australian growers will help to underpin prices. Australian growers should know that their behaviour is having a large impact on the value they’re receiving at the farm gate.
Feature image credit Lindall White, White Photography.