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.
Wheat markets reacted overnight to a turnaround in Canadian growers’ estimates of 2017 production between grain-fill stage and getting their harvest in the bin.
Harvest receivals in the eastern states have reached 6.54 million tonnes (Mt), not far behind the 7.11Mt received in the Western Australian harvest to 30 November.
Unharvested wheat and barley in Victoria, southern NSW and eastern South Australia will struggle to make premium grades following an unwelcome 25-100 millimetres of rain and more in places over Friday and Saturday.
For the first time, scientists have mapped shatter resistant genes in Ethiopian mustard plants, a development which offers plant breeders an option to manage pod shatter in canola.
Sustained dry weather conditions have significantly cut Australian winter crop production, with the upcoming grain harvest now expected to come in 41 per cent below 2016/17, and well below the five-year average, according to Rabobank’s latest crop forecast.
Rutherglen bug (RGB) has been an increasingly frequent and very problematic pest for grain growers in Queensland and New South Wales over the past 10 years, but recently observed behaviours are causing further concerns.
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.