Victorian mixed-farmer Bruce Macague has seen a lift in his grain and lamb output after adjusting the cropping program on the family property near Rochester in the state’s north.
CBH took its first delivery of canola at the Port of Esperance on Friday, marking the start of winter crop harvest in Western Australia, but it will be a few weeks yet before headers move into full swing across the WA cropping belt.
Research has shown the importance of assessing seed colour change, not only on canola stems, but also the plant’s branches as around 70pc of the crop yield is held on the branches rather than the main stem.
The Sustainable Agriculture Fund’s (SAF) eastern Australian cropping assets covering around 16,000 hectares in total are under contract to several parties including local farming businesses and institutional investors like TIAA-CREF Global Ag Properties.
Canola growers throughout the southern cropping region are advised to keep an eye out for diamondback moth (DBM), especially if conditions over the coming weeks are dry and temperatures are above average.
The Australian Oilseeds Federation has cut its 2017/18 production estimate for the Australian crop currently in the ground by 9 per cent to 2.855 million tonnes to reflect the impact of a dry start in Western Australia, and a dry and frostbitten growing season in NSW.
The USDA’s September World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates have given support to wheat prices, with a 1.7-million-tonne (Mt) production increase in 2017/18 being seen as insufficient to offset a 2.7Mt decrease in beginning stocks.
New-crop canola prices are looking well-supported at current levels as every bit of news colouring the global picture points to steady demand and reduced supply. In Australia, frost damage to the NSW crop is having the biggest impact on the latest national production outlook.
Dry weather saw Canadian farmers cut 2017 yield and production estimates of major export crops canola, wheat and barley in the Statistics Canada (Statscan) crop report released on August 31.
Advanta Seeds has released two new canola varieties under its Hyola brand for the Australian market.