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.
Environment and agronomic management are critical considerations for growers looking to impact the capacity of pulse crops to fix soil nitrogen (N) and deliver a valuable boost to their farming system productivity.
India has switched its import policy on yellow peas from “free” to “restricted”, effectively placing a temporary ban on fresh arrivals of peas typically sold by Canada to India.
What is believed to be Australia’s first research program directed at finding ways to control a major pest of stored pulses is about to get underway in Queensland.
South Australian bulk handler Viterra broke its daily record for out-turning grain for export last Monday by loading more than 100,000 tonnes of grain, 11,000t up on the previous record of 89,000t set in April 2013.
Attractive pricing for barley and a lift in returns from sheep production are likely to see grain growers in Australia’s southern farming zones tweak the winter crop mix this season.
The chickpea price bubble has well and truly burst, and the cold, hard reality is growers are going to have to be prepared to market the pulse in the same way as they do their cereals.
A leading pulse agronomist and game changer in the field of break crop research in Western Australia has been named the winner of the 2018 GRDC western region Seed of Light award.
Notwithstanding the pain incurred by exporters/farmers from the recent Indian tariffs, Australian farmers have every reason to retain confidence in growing pulses, according to Pulse Australia chairman, Ron Storey.