Values for Australian sorghum have jumped in response to continuing dry conditions, and China’s snubbing US sorghum as the latest move in the bilateral trade dispute.
North West NSW farming manager, Jim Mitchell, has won his fourth Premer Shield sorghum award while Darling Downs growers Phil and Chris Moar have won both the dryland and irrigated sorghum titles in this year’s Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland crop competition.
Supply-side pressure has failed to weaken sorghum prices, which continue to climb on the back of domestic feedgrain demand and the likelihood of increased Chinese purchases resulting from its trade dispute with the United States.
The rise in the number of people going ‘gluten free’ that has now seen up to 20 per cent of the population avoiding products containing gluten is presenting new challenges to the grains industry.
A chance to buy into or expand in one of Australia’s premium cropping regions has come up with the offering of Glencoe, a 2592-hectare aggregation at Bellata in north west NSW.
Scientists have discovered that a simple genetic modification can triple the number of grains in sorghum.
Sorghum farming in northern NSW and Queensland rides on the ebb and flow of summer-cropping seasons, as COFCO International Australia sorghum trader, Matthew Pattison writes this week.
Storms in the past fortnight have brought 10-250 millimetres of rain to cropping areas of Queensland and northern NSW, disrupting the summer-crop harvest in some areas, but bolstering planting prospects for the upcoming winter crop in most.
The first ‘greenfield’ research farm established in decades is taking shape on Queensland’s Darling Downs where the first trials include sorghum sown as part of the National Variety Trials.
Chicago wheat futures prices rallied around 10 per cent since mid-January as world wheat markets entered a period of anxiety. What is driving the market and how might it affect Australian growers? Read the commentary contributed today by Thomas Kim.