European crushers have stepped up as the volume customers for Australia’s new-crop canola in a year when drought is likely to kill any likelihood of shipments out of New South Wales, and limit those from Victoria.
It has been another high-yielding year for canola at Sisters Creek in north west Tasmania where Redbank Farming’s cropping manager, Michael Nichols, has just finished harvesting 13 hectares of Clearfield 970 that went 5.5 tonnes/hectare.
Australia’s 2018 winter crop was a tale of two halves with Western Australia producing a near-record crop, while the eastern seaboard suffered the ravages of a crippling drought in many areas that saw tonnages well down on average.
The Western Australian winter crop has produced the goods over the 2018/19 season with the CBH Group taking in almost 16 million tonnes as harvest wraps up across the state.
Western Australia’s harvest is winding down, and intake at CBH Group’s sites hit 15.69 million tonnes on 28 December, which includes a record-breaking 7.75Mt received in the Kwinana zone.
Grain received by Western Australian bulk handler CBH Group has this week passed its season estimate of 14.8 million tonnes, with harvest still well under way in the Albany and Kwinana zones but winding down in Esperance and Geraldton.
Harvest in Western Australia is drawing to a close in some districts, and CBH Group’s receivals in the week to 13 December of 2.77 million tonnes have brought the total intake in the harvest to date to 13Mt.
Australia exported 39,217t of canola in September, 59 per cent below the 95,358t shipped in August, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Western Australia has harvested around two-thirds of its winter crop now that receivals have hit 10.13 million tonnes (Mt), according to the latest weekly report from the state’s bulk handler, CBH Group.
In the battle against herbicide resistance, stopping ryegrass seed set pre-harvest in canola is all about timing. Sometimes the timing window lines up, other times it does not.