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Frost adds insult to injury for thirsty winter crops

Guest Author, 22 August 2017

Chickpea yields in Australia’s key producing areas of Queensland and northern New South Wales are likely to have taken a hit from successive frosts in recent days, with crops on the Darling Downs of southern Queensland looking to be most affected.

Disease threat puts growers on ‘chickpea watch’

Grain Central, 10 August 2017

Chickpea growers and consultants are being advised to ‘monitor closely and act promptly’ to reduce the disease risk in this year’s crops and land the 2017 harvest safely.

Queensland ports pull their weight in record chickpea year

Guest Author, 07 August 2017

Record shipments out of Brisbane, Gladstone and Mackay have helped Australia to shift a record export surplus of chickpeas, and with new-crop in Central Queensland only weeks away from harvest, the pattern is likely to be repeated in 2017.

Changing demographic fuelling Australian pulse, grain sales to India + Video

Henry Wells, 03 August 2017

Growth in Australian pulse and grain exports to India is likely to continue in line with the country’s growing population and the percentage of protein in the average diet.

Growers wait for kick in new-crop chickpea prices to prompt forward sales

Henry Wells, 25 July 2017

Old-crop chickpeas were reported this week at A$900-$905 per tonne delivered container terminal (DCT), A$80/t above the best bid for new-crop, which at A$820/t DCT had no offer against it.

Pulse rate rises – another big year for chickpeas

Guest Author, 21 July 2017

Chickpea plantings are set to top the 1.1-million-hectare mark this season as the final crops go in, with yield expectations tempered by high disease pressure and low rainfall in some areas.

Quest for drought-resistant chickpeas

Grain Central, 28 June 2017

Scientists from the United Kingdom and Africa are seeking to develop chickpeas that can flourish in dry climates, to help some of the world’s poorest farmers reliably grow the staple crop.

‘Watch and act’ to counter Ascochyta threat

Grain Central, 06 June 2017

Chickpea growers and agronomists are being advised to `watch and act accordingly’ when it comes to managing the fungal disease Ascochyta blight this season.

Pulse prices steady as weather watchers wait for Indian, Australian developments

Henry Wells, 02 June 2017

Grower pulse prices are stuck in a holding pattern, looking to the skies in Australia and in South Asia where pulse crops are now being planted.

Australian winter planting to hold steady: Rabo

Guest Author, 01 June 2017

The total planted area for Australia’s 2017/18 winter crop is expected to remain on par with last year at just over 22 million hectares, according to Rabobank’s just-released Australian Winter Crop Update.