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ABARES cuts winter-crop estimate by 12pc in latest crop report

Liz Wells, 11 September 2018

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.

Soil water shortage may limit huge sorghum planting potential

Liz Wells, 07 September 2018

Rain in coming weeks is set to spark a mass planting of sorghum in northern NSW and southern Queensland, but growers are being warned not to plant without sufficient subsoil moisture in this early part of the summer-cropping window.

Patchy NSW, Queensland rain drops market, salvages yields

Guest Author, 27 August 2018

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.

Grain industry advocate leaves legacy of achievement

Neil Lyon, 24 August 2018

It has sometimes been a “bumpy journey”, but Darling Downs farmer, Wayne Newton, will have few regrets when he steps down from the position of Queensland AgForce’s Grains president in November.

Traders’ market drives chickpea prices to $800/t for old and new crop

Liz Wells, 10 August 2018

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.

Australia’s June chickpea exports plunge to new low of 25,142t

Liz Wells, 07 August 2018

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.

Feedgrain focus: Renewed NSW grazier demand drives higher prices

Guest Author, 02 August 2018

A lack of paddock feed for livestock in southern New South Wales has sparked a new round of buying from farmers in the state’s south as the need for rain increases, pushing eastern state grain and hay markets higher in the past week.

Australian wheat basis strengthens in struggling eastern season

Henry Wells, 30 July 2018

Australian wheat futures are showing a strengthening basis, as the yield outlook for eastern Australian crops slips and the trade comes to grips with another year of grain shortages.

High prices, strong demand point to upside for soybean area

Liz Wells, 25 July 2018

Strong domestic demand for Australia’s non-GM soybeans has lifted its price to $700 per tonne, a premium of $150/t over export parity, and the crop’s popularity is expected to grow, based on interest from sugarcane growers looking for an alternative crop.

Queensland lags as Inland Rail ramps up in south

Liz Wells, 24 July 2018

Australia’s first Inland Rail Conference was held in Parkes last week, and outlined developments in New South Wales and Victoria, but lamented the continued absence of an Inter-Government Agreement with Queensland which is hindering planning for the northern end of the 1700-kilometre Inland Rail project.