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’.
Viterra takes in 258,059t as South Australian harvest cranks up
The Webb properties at Pine Point on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula have sold to what is believed to be a new high for the district’s coastal cropping country of $10,469 per hectare.
Commercial grain users in the eastern half of New South Wales are committing to wheat, barley and oats shipped in from Western Australian and South Australia via Port Kembla and Newcastle in a pattern which looks set to continue until next year’s winter-crop harvest.
Australian Grain Technologies’ (AGT) Southern Crop Breeding Centre, which features a state-of-the-art greenhouse and leading-edge growth rooms and evaluation services, will be officially opened in South Australia tomorrow.
FREE Eyre Limited is outsourcing the grain-marketing function of its entity, FE Grain, to Market Check to allow it to concentrate on its proposed development of a bulk-handling facility at Port Spencer on the Eyre Peninsula.
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 survey by South Australian bulk-handler Viterra indicates the state’s barley area has climbed by 4 per cent, while wheat and canola have remained relatively stable.
Drought in northern New South Wales will limit the state’s ability to export durum, but South Australia can look forward to an exportable surplus if spring growing conditions are kind.
South Australia’s Lower Eyre Peninsula is responding to the need for feed on the drought-hit Upper Eyre Peninsula as crops fail and feed for sheep gets harder to find.