Export figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show Australia’s May canola shipments at 37,839 tonnes dropped to just 9 per cent of the April figure to reflect a rundown on exportable surplus from the crop planted last year.
Wheat has emerged as the standout crop this year in Western Australia where winter crops overall are in good shape, making up ground over the last month following reasonable falls of rain and warm growing conditions.
Bee pollination services are an under-utilised resource in the broadacre farming sector where growers are missing out on the potential to increase yields in crops such as canola, legumes and cotton.
Growers in southern New South Wales are being advised to monitor for redlegged earth mites (RLEM) this winter, with experts warning environmental conditions have been ideal for mass hatchings, potentially putting emerging winter crops at risk.
In 2015 Australians joined the Eurovision Song Contest, some say to help us and Europeans understand each other better. This week in Canberra friendliness was further advanced as EU commissioners began Free Trade Agreement negotiations, towards economic, political and strategic alliances between Australia and the EU.
Despite hot, dry conditions across the cropping regions during the first quarter of 2018, particularly in eastern Australia, the value of crop production in 2018–19 is forecast to remain unchanged at $31 billion, according to ABARES’ ‘Agricultural Commodities: June quarter 2018’ report released today.
Australia exported 554,503 tonnes of canola in April, up 38 per cent from the March figure of 401,614t, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Western Australia’s estimated canola area has dropped 9.2 per cent in the past month, while the forecast barley planting has risen 5.2pc to a record high, according to the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia (GIWA) June crop report released on Friday.
Australia’s 2017-18 grain exports have peaked in the current quarter, supported by big tonnages out of South and Western Australia which have offset a drought-affected export program from eastern states.
Rabobank’s 2018-19 winter-crop estimate has forecast Australia’s wheat production at 22.9 million tonnes, the mid-point of its range estimate whose upside depends on further rain in coming weeks to allow establishment of late-planted cereals.