EU demand has absorbed the bulk of Australia’s solid 2016/17 canola export program, which is now drawing to a close as Europe’s own crop gets close to harvest.
Canola growers in Western Australia thinking about reseeding crops that have established poorly as a result of low rainfall should carefully consider whether it is worth the cost.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) has raised the forecast for global wheat supplies for 2017/18 by 2.8 million tonnes (Mt) to 261.2Mt, since its last report a month ago.
Dry conditions continue over most of the cropping regions of Western Australia where winter crop planting has all but wrapped up.
Demand from relocating and expanding family farming operations is lifting enquiry and demand for broadacre farming holdings in Victoria’s Northern Mallee, and the Murray/Mallee and Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, where the addition of pulses and canola is buoying farm earning capacity in the face of depressed cereal values.
Depending in which part of the country you reside, the winter-crop planting/seeding/sowing season is well under way. However, the moisture profile is certainly quite variable, and rainfall totals across the continent for the first two months of the southern April-November wet season have largely disappointed.
The recent investment by Western Australian mixed farmers, Ben and Emily Webb, in a chaff cart to provide non-herbicide weed control also provides them with chaff heaps that are a valuable feed source over summer.
Western Australian grain growers should plan for a drier-than-average 2017 cropping season with 10 out of 11 Australian and international climate forecasts predicting below average rainfall during the growing season.
The need for techniques to improve grain yields and manage costs in the face of a drying climate is common to many areas around the world, but in the Eastern Wheatbelt of Western Australia it is even more critical.
It has been a positive start to autumn for many NSW crop producers with above average rainfall received across some areas of the state’s cropping regions.