Western Australian growers have delivered 1.27 million tonnes of grain in the harvest to November 8. State bulk handler CBH Group said interest from export customers is on the rise as domestic demand from eastern states takes a back seat.
Australia is likely to produce a total winter crop for 2018/19 of 30 million tonnes (Mt) – give or take 2Mt – 30 per cent less than the previous season and the smallest crop in a decade, according to Rural Bank’s ‘Australian Crop Annual Review 2018’.
Australia’s canola exports in August totaled a high of recent months at 95,357 tonnes, but the national export surplus from the current harvest will be limited by the dismal state of the eastern Australian crop.
The Australian Oilseeds Federation has forecast Australia’s 2018 canola crop at 1.96 million tonnes (Mt), down from 2.66Mt in its previous forecast released in July, with the cutting of crops for hay in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria accounting for much of the drop.
Western Australia’s winter crop continues to ride the roller coaster with savage frosts and the driest September in more than 80 years cruelling the prospect of a potential record crop, but rain over the weekend clawing back some of the losses.
Dual research projects from the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) are shedding new light on ways to combat the damaging disease Sclerotinia stem rot.
Western Australian growers are advised to inspect canola and pulse crops for native budworm caterpillars (Helicoverpa punctigera), which have escalated in northern and central areas in recent weeks and could become an issue farther south.
Australian winter crop production estimates continue to tumble as drought grips the eastern cropping regions, with INTL FCStone the latest crop-watcher to downgrade its projections for wheat, barley and canola.
Joining many other growers in southern NSW, Cootamundra farmer, James Burge, has acted early to minimise income loss in a drought-impacted year by cutting some of his crops for fodder.
Considering limited post-emergent options and increasing levels of ryegrass resistance to clethodim, the ‘crop competition + pre-emergent’ combination is a strategy which deserves serious attention. Trials have shown that with effective pre-emergent herbicides, a competitive hybrid canola variety can reduce ryegrass seed set by 50 per cent compared with a less competitive open-pollinated (OP) variety.