Grain Central stories that led the news in 2019

Grain Central, January 14, 2020

THE grinding drought that continues to impact much of Australia dominated the grain industry throughout 2019, slashing winter crop production and stifling prospects for a summer crop, particularly in New South Wales and southern Queensland.

Victoria was the bright spot of winter crop production in 2019 with favourable growing conditions and a reasonable harvest.

Western Australia fared slightly better than the east with a hard finish that pushed production below average.

The dry-induced shortage of feed for livestock in the hard-hit eastern areas prompted road and rail movements of grain from southern regions and WA, and even led to the importation of grain from overseas.

Despite the tough times, the cropping industry continued to advance with ongoing developments in trade, agronomic management, on-farm automation and ag tech innovations shaping the future of grain production in Australia.

In a snapshot of the ‘year that was’ in the Australian grain industry, Grain Central takes a look back over the stories that led the news in 2019.

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Feedgrain Focus: Prices firm as cruel January hits sorghum

Deadline looms for Australian barley submissions to China

Sunflowers lose their shine with farmers – but remain a tourist favourite

Early pickings herald promising start to CQ cotton harvest


Ag slams “ludicrous” call to ban cotton exports

WA 2018 winter crop surges to 17.9Mt; SA nudges 4Mt

GM compensation inquiry maintains status quo

Big dry cuts summer crop prospects

Ag must engage “food evangelists” to retain social licence to farm

Vigilance needed to hold market share in Indonesia


What can growers do to close the yield gap?

Feedgrain Focus: Prices lift from season lows

Grain sector braces for “trade war tremors”

Surge in oat plantings to fill feed gap

Drought drives mungbean production to 20-year low


India announces 150,000t pea import quota for 2019/20

Demerger to split GrainCorp into MaltCo, New GrainCorp

Saudis settle deal on 200,000ha Nicoletti aggregation in WA

Vietnam moves to ban glyphosate

Indonesia/Australia agreement opens feed grains foothold

Trader collapses prompt push for quicker grower payments

India lifts wheat tariff as election, harvest shape policy


Permit requirements eased for ag machinery movements

Feedgrain Focus: New-crop values ease on holiday rain

Mediocre sorghum season drawing to a close

Manildra breaks import impasse with Canadian wheat buy

Petition gives Australian grain industry voice against imports

Victorian croppers tap into expanding oaten hay industry

Two more shipments of Canadian wheat to Australia approved

Southern winter crop off to a promising start


Truck selloff sign of grain cartage pressures

Feedgrain Focus: Mixed new-crop outlook befuddles market

New herbicides offer rare advance in weed control

Riverina rice harvest wraps up with small crop, strong yields

Indian chickpea imports unlikely for remainder of 2019

Climate change threat to the ‘sand castle’ of farming


Eastern Australia juggles canola deficit ahead of new-crop

Can growers close the wheat yield gap in a hotter, drier climate?

Ag responds to Four Corners ‘Cash Splash’ episode

What is the future of chemical use in Australian agriculture?

Elders to buy rural wholesaler AIRR

Grain industry shakeup overdue

Quest for ‘Goldilocks’ sorghum – not too hot, not too cold

Feedgrain Focus: Trade tightens as eastern crop prospects split

South Australia’s T-Ports on track for October opening


Battle of the bull elephants threatens to trample Australian grain

Farrer Medal winner Tim Reeves calls for greater sustainability

Fuel reserves run low as peak farming season approaches

Tasmania extends ban on GMOs

Fifth vessel en route to Manildra’s plant from Canada

Landmark, Ruralco deal given green light by ACCC

Australian winter crop teetering as it enters spring

Feedgrain Focus: Trade slows as crunch nears for borderline crops


Donald medallist calls for urgent action on acidification, phosphorus

Farmers condemn 60 Minutes’ portrayal of glyphosate

Farm invasion bill passes Federal Parliament

Grain, graze or fodder? Crunch time for eastern winter croppers

Port Pirie South to open as first Australian ADM bulk grain site

Scientists challenge legume N perceptions

Cotton makes a comeback in Australia’s north

Modify machinery to handle short and patchy crops


Bulk grain could cop price hike in new ARTC agreement

Plant burger launches Australia’s v2food with export in sights

Rollover protection to be made compulsory for quad bikes

Tough times take toll on Australian winter crop

Global wheat values rally as Australian harvest commences

Feedgrain Focus: Prices ease as southern crops consolidate

Cropping land values surge ahead of other sectors


Drought behind FY19 loss of $82M: GrainCorp

Innovative ag tech ideas showcased at AgTeCH2019

China extends anti-dumping investigation into Australian barley

Australia tipped to participate in Saudi barley shipments

‘Catastrophic’ fire conditions bring SA harvest to a halt

JCB Fastrac sets record as world’s fastest tractor

Storms not enough to trigger NSW summer sowing

Sunrice to further downscale Riverina milling, cut jobs

CQ Inland Port on course to fast-track grain and container freight

Herbicide-tolerant wheat gene discovery offers weed control potential


Winter crop slips below 30Mt

Fourth grain port for Eyre Peninsula eyes March build start

Cotton estimate slides to 750,000 bales as drought cuts plantings

Australian wheat export forecast cut, imports tripled

SA harvest intake passes 3.2Mt

WA harvest draws to close at 11Mt

China US trade deal first phase agreement reached

Higher temperatures, lower rainfall cut cropping profits 35pc

Feedgrain Focus: Wash-outs overheat sorghum market


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