Drought-driven domestic feed demand and alternative markets have supported prices for Australian pulses this year in the continued absence of their biggest export customer, India, according to the latest Pulse Australia Pulse Value Chain Guidance Note.
With a significant peanut plant expected across Queensland and New South Wales this year, growers are being urged to `keep it simple’ when it comes to agronomic management to maximise yield and quality.
New farming systems research on Queensland’s Darling Downs is working towards finding the impact of cropping rotations, intensity and nutrient strategies on productivity and sustainability.
JK International has bought the Wondai plant previously owned by Blue Ribbon Seeds, and the Champion Seeds plant at Millmerran, as its first investment in pulse and seed processing in regional Queensland.
Western Australian growers are advised to inspect canola and pulse crops for native budworm caterpillars (Helicoverpa punctigera), which have escalated in northern and central areas in recent weeks and could become an issue farther south.
A joint NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Local Land Services (LLS) surveillance operation in the Riverina is helping protect the state’s $65 million lupin industry from anthracnose disease.
Global soybean production stood at 352 million tonnes (Mt) in 2017, increasing by five per cent against the previous year figure, according to the “World – Soya Beans – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights” report published by IndexBox.
Trade sources report India lifted its ban on certain classes of imported peas mid-week, then reimposed the ban yesterday, to add further uncertainty to the world’s biggest pulse market.
Australia exported 43,856 tonnes of chickpeas in May, down 37pc from the April figure of 69,103t, according to the latest data available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics
The 2018 mungbean season is drawing to a close, ending on a high note that has seen production reach around the second highest year ever and the crop consolidate its new-found mainstream status.