July shipments of Australian chickpeas have continued at lacklustre levels, with Pakistan the only bulk market, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) export data.
Australia’s total winter-crop production is forecast to drop 12 per cent nationally to 33.2 million tonnes (Mt), with production declines forecast in all eastern states, according to ABARES’ latest periodic Australian crop report.
A much-anticipated rainfall event has halted a slide in yield prospects for some winter crops in northern New South Wales and Queensland, and clipped the premium from the drought feed market as traders shore up positions.
New research by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) aims to identify chickpea lines which will tolerate cool temperatures, potentially adding up to $81 million in value each year to the northern grains region.
Chickpea prices have rallied to a new high for old and new-crop of $800 per tonne, and more in places, delivered packer, but grower selling has been limited in the face of production concerns.
Australian Bureau of Statistics export data says Australia exported 25,142t of chickpeas in June, down 40 per cent from the May figure to a new low of recent times.
A dire season in northern New South Wales and much of southern Queensland has prompted Pulse Australia to forecast production from Australia’s chickpea crop now in the ground at 300,000 tonnes, around one third the size of last year’s crop.
Following on the heels of the successful Heliothis resistance management strategy in the cotton industry, a new program has been developed to ward off the threat of the pest developing resistance in pulse grain crops.
Researchers at The University of Western Australia have been studying the role chickpeas could play in helping unlock phosphorus bound in soils, opening up the opportunity for the development of more phosphorus efficient chickpea cultivars.
Research by Washington University in St. Louis scientists in the United States show that it might soon be possible to engineer plants to develop their own fertiliser.