Plant scientists are becoming increasingly focused on breeding wheat lines with improved yield characteristics under heat stress conditions to cope with increasing climatic variability.
Climate variability is largely to blame for the plateauing of wheat yields over the past 30 years, according to I.A. Watson Grains Research Centre director, professor Richard Trethowan.
The USDA’s September World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates have given support to wheat prices, with a 1.7-million-tonne (Mt) production increase in 2017/18 being seen as insufficient to offset a 2.7Mt decrease in beginning stocks.
Frost has impacted on the yield potential of Australia’s 2017 chickpea crop, and on winter crops generally across much of eastern Australia.
Australian Grain Technologies (AGT) have secured a quality classification upgrade for Cutlass wheat from APW to AH, and an AH classification for Scepter wheat for the 2018 growing season in the southern New South Wales region.
Domestic feed-sector demand for wheat and barley now growing in Victoria and southern NSW has strengthened in the past week as warm days, a lack of rain and yet more frosts batter prospects for struggling crops in southern Queensland and central and northern NSW.
Farmers should be closely monitoring their crops to avoid yield losses from a range of diseases which could hit this spring.
Agricultural exports through the Port of Brisbane will not benefit from the construction of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Corridor until a dedicated freight line through Brisbane’s south-eastern suburbs is built.
Real time protein mapping technology may provide the missing link for growers looking to better identify the causes of lost revenue in their paddocks and capture protein premiums with grain sales more frequently.
Deteriorating winter-crop prospects on southern Queensland’s Darling Downs and central and northern New South Wales have sparked the next round of buying from end users, and loads of current-crop grain from as far south as Victoria are now pricing into new-crop slots.