The chance of rain this weekend throughout the northern, summer cropping zone will be welcomed in many districts where moisture has been an issue for this season’s sorghum plantings.
Planting of the early Queensland sorghum crop has started in the state’s south following two weeks which have brought up to 120 millimetres of rain in storm and showers.
A seminar to be live streamed tomorrow will show how QAAFI scientists integrate outputs from various sensors on the remote-sensing platforms to phenotype complex traits, such as dynamic crop growth and canopy photosynthetic efficiency, and how they combine these new capabilities with existing genetic resources in sorghum to map the genetic regions of these traits.
Traders and end-users are waiting for wheat’s premium over sorghum to drop before extending near-term coverage as prospects for a summer-crop improve and quality prospects for the point-of-harvest winter crop deteriorate with every rain event.
Sorghum is continuing to trade at about $50 per tonne below feed wheat as traders try to get a handle on the strength of prospects for getting a big area of spring-planted sorghum in the ground.
Handy rain over the past week in the northern farming zone from Central Queensland (CQ) to north-west NSW has come too late for many winter crops, but bolstered prospects for the coming summer crop.
Strong domestic premiums will see NSW and Queensland cereals shipments slashed in 2017/18. Amid high prices, growers would remain cautious about selling before they see their crops safe in the bin.
US agriculture is doing it tough with American farmers finding it hard to turn a profit in an era of low commodity prices and high costs, despite a system of support well beyond that available to Australian growers.
Sorghum growers and users wait for general rain before committing to new crop.
Sorghum is trading in limited volume at just below $300 delivered Darling Downs as unseasonably warm weather and a lack of rain fuel concerns about feedgrain supplies up to November.