Wheat has emerged as the standout crop this year in Western Australia where winter crops overall are in good shape, making up ground over the last month following reasonable falls of rain and warm growing conditions.
The market for feedgrain delivered to Darling Downs end users has dropped by $5-10 per tonne in the past week, but values in southern New South Wales have held steady as frosts limit crop growth and kick along demand for supplementary feed.
Agriculture Victoria’s cereal pathology team at the Grains Innovation Park at Horsham is testing 55,000 wheat, barley, oat and triticale varieties to determine their susceptibility or resistance to 10 different foliar diseases.
NSW producers considering late sowing barley in consideration of the dry start to winter have been advised to take paddock selection and seed quality into account.
Rain in New South Wales and Queensland has caused southern wheat and barley values to drop $10-$15 per tonne in recent days, but the northern market has shown much less weakness.
Thousands of hectares of the eastern Australia cropping belt lie fallow as drought takes hold and the winter sowing window begins to close. Only a fraction of this season’s intended plantings are in the ground, with much of that deep sown.
Widespread rain forecast for much of Queensland’s grain-producing areas has animal feeders hopeful of an easing in prices, but not seeing any downward movement yet.
Despite hot, dry conditions across the cropping regions during the first quarter of 2018, particularly in eastern Australia, the value of crop production in 2018–19 is forecast to remain unchanged at $31 billion, according to ABARES’ ‘Agricultural Commodities: June quarter 2018’ report released today.
China was the destination for 89 per cent of all barley and sorghum exported by Australia in April, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Major end-users like feedlots have joined graziers in the market for prompt-delivered feedgrains and cottonseed as the reality of the dry winter now upon us hits home.