Export figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show Australia’s May canola shipments at 37,839 tonnes dropped to just 9 per cent of the April figure to reflect a rundown on exportable surplus from the crop planted last year.
An official sod turning event on Friday at the T-Ports Lucky Bay bunker in South Australia site has marked the start of a new era in grain handling and exports on the Eyre Peninsula.
South Australian grain handler, Viterra, has launched its annual recruitment drive for harvest workers with applications now open for 1500 seasonal jobs.
The longest grain train in the history of the ARTC network has been unloaded in northern New South Wales this week to help cap grain prices being paid by feedlots small and large.
The Australian Grain Growers’ Co-operative, which was established to help growers find their feet in a deregulated market, is winding up its operations this month.
Rain across the southern farming regions of Victoria and South Australia this week has come at a crucial time for winter cropping programs.
Construction of the $115 million Lucky Bay port facility on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula is due to begin next week – with contracts awarded to a number of local companies.
A state productivity commission report into bulk handling costs and efficiencies in South Australia has been delayed to accommodate additional information to be processed, and will be a welcome driver of grain industry policy, according to Grain Producers SA.
Australia’s January-March canola exports have hit 1.1 million tonnes based on a strong sales program to European crushers, and the industry is now coming to terms with the failure of an early planting rain to eventuate in many of Australia’s canola-growing regions.
Many growers in the South Australian grainbelt are dry sowing as much of their winter crop as possible ahead of 10-20 millimetres of rain forecast to fall over the next 48 hours.