Harvest in the past week has seen tonnage delivered to the South Australian Viterra network almost double, while in GrainCorp’s eastern states system, Victoria’s intake for the week and the harvest to November 12 is now ahead of New South Wales’.
The feedlot sector’s appetite for grain, as well as opportunities for containerised exports of milling wheat, have prompted a group of Queensland growers to form their own company and release a CIMMYT variety named in honour of Norman Borlaug.
Harvest is rolling south through New South Wales, but its pressure on prices is yet to be seen, while on sorghum, a heatwave drove up prices based on uncertain prospects for the crop now being planted.
Australia’s current chickpea harvest is expected to produce less than 200,000 tonnes, down 100,000t on Pulse Australia’s most recent estimate from early August, and is meeting limited export demand at present.
The Darran Aggregation at St George is being sold by the Lindores family and offers the market an irrigation and large-scale dryland grazing and cropping operation with license to develop an 8000-head feedlot.
Brendan Taylor, a 42-year-old third generation farmer from the Western Darling Downs, has been elected AgForce Queensland’s Grains president, and will take over from Dalby producer Wayne Newton, who is stepping down after serving on the Board since 1999 and as president since 2010.
Australian exports of chickpeas continued at lacklustre levels in August, and growers are now focused on harvesting and storing ahead of a lift in demand expected from Pakistani buying ahead of Ramadan in May.
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.
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.
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.