Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) in the United States are giving an ancient grain a new life: a barley that is naked, but not in an indecent way.
Global wheat production for 2017/18 is set to reach a record 757 million tonnes (Mt), driven primarily by a larger crop from Russia, according to the latest report from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Many traders have turned their attention to barley to fill nearby shipping stem commitments between now and mid-March, with China a major market.
It was always going to be a tough ask for 2017 to match the extraordinary cropping year of 2016 when Australia produced a record winter crop of 59.1 million tonnes (Mt). From a brutal summer that knocked the stuffing out of crops to a ‘mixed bag’ winter cropping season across Australia, and from research breakthroughs to glyphosate reprieves, Grain Central wraps up the year that was for Australia’s grains and cropping sector.
Barley from South Australia’s Limestone Coast is now sent around Australia and the globe for beer production via Naracoorte’s new silo storage facility at TE Storage and Logistics.
South Australian growers have delivered 1.2 million tonnes (Mt) of grain in the week to 17 December to bulk handler, Viterra, to take the state total to 4.8Mt, while GrainCorp reports the Victorian intake at 2.43Mt has now shot past the NSW figure of 1.98Mt.
Western Australian bulk handler, CBH Group, has lifted its crop estimate for the state’s current harvest to 12.7-13.2 million tonnes.
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.
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.
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.