Feedgrain values in Victoria and southern New South Wales have jumped by up to $15 per tonne in the past week in response to frosts and dry weather which have depleted yield prospects in some areas.
Australia’s July exports of barley were down 54 per cent from the June total, while sorghum exports rose 23pc over the month, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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.
A $605,000 grant from the Australian Research Council will fund a project to look into identifying sorghum genes with improved heat tolerance, and incorporating them into new varieties.
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.
Australia shipped a total of 512,181t tonnes of barley and sorghum to China in June, 78 per cent of the 659,656t shipped to all destinations, according to the latest figures out from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Unfavourable weather for 2018/19 crops in several key growing regions is expected to cut world total wheat and coarse grains production by 2pc to a three-year low. Consumption continues to rise, prices high and stocks are falling. That is the message from the IGC monthly report.
Grain sorghum grown in narrow row spacing trials in the tough summer just past highlighted the benefits of weed control with no detrimental impact on yields. Lodging remains a key issue for sorghum development.
Southern Queensland grower Ted Shooter is one of the first in the world to trial ground-breaking new grain sorghum herbicide tolerance technology ‘igrowth’.