Category: Commodities

Commodities (grains and oilseed) news from mainly external sources.

GrainCorp net profit surges to $142m for FY 2017

ASX listed GrainCorp reported a quadrupled net profit in FY17 results today, reaching $125 million compared with $31m last year, as a result of the record winter harvest. The post GrainCorp net profit surges to $142m for FY 2017 appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp net profit surges to 2m for… Read more »

Queensland harvest winding down, NSW and Vic holding up

As Queensland harvest draws to a close, the quality of receivals progressing southward through New South Wales and Victoria is holding up, amid on-again off-again rainy conditions. The post Queensland harvest winding down, NSW and Vic holding up appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Queensland harvest winding down, NSW and Vic holding… Read more »

South Australian grain co-op signs up for port pact

A grain growers’ co-operative in South Australia has signed a deal to develop a logistics/export business. The post South Australian grain co-op signs up for port pact appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central South Australian grain co-op signs up for port pact

South Australia likely to extend GM crop ban

The ban on genetically modified (GM) crops in South Australia is likely to be extended after the state’s Upper House passed, by one vote, a Greens motion to extend the prohibition to 2025. The post South Australia likely to extend GM crop ban appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central South Australia likely… Read more »

WA harvest passes three-million-tonne mark

More than three million tonnes of grain have been received so far into the CBH Group’s system in Western Australia as the WA harvest gathers pace after thunderstorms created havoc earlier in the month. The post WA harvest passes three-million-tonne mark appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central WA harvest passes three-million-tonne mark

Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2017-Feb 2018 + VIDEO

The Bureau of Meteorology’s rainfall outlook for December to February released today shows northeast NSW and regions surrounding the Gulf of Carpentaria are likely to be drier than average. Elsewhere across the country, there is no strong signal showing wetter or drier conditions for summer. The post Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2017-Feb 2018 + VIDEO… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 15 Nov 2017

Surface troughs produced thunderstorms with moderate falls in parts of the west, north and east of Australia. A persistent easterly onshore flow produced moderate to heavy falls over the north tropical coast of Queensland The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 15 Nov 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

South Australian barley shipped to Qld feedlot market

A 23,000-tonne cargo of South Australian barley is being discharged into trucks on a Brisbane wharf this week, and trade sources say the grain will be absorbed by feedlots on the Darling Downs and west of the port city. The post South Australian barley shipped to Qld feedlot market appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

WA crop potential continues to rise as harvest cranks up

Winter crop prospects continue to improve in Western Australia as late season grain fill moves the 2017 harvest from ‘ordinary’ to ‘average’ and lifts WA’s production potential to 12.326 million tonnes. The post WA crop potential continues to rise as harvest cranks up appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central WA crop potential… Read more »

Peru – Australia sign bilateral free trade agreement

Australia and Peru have signed a Free Trade Agreement, the announcement being made at the APEC Summit in Vietnam today. The post Peru – Australia sign bilateral free trade agreement appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Peru – Australia sign bilateral free trade agreement

US scraps overhaul of GM crop regulations biotech advocates viewed as ‘unscientific’

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it is withdrawing a proposed rule to revise the agency’s regulations of genetically engineered crops. The rule was proposed by the outgoing Obama administration in January. The post US scraps overhaul of GM crop regulations biotech advocates viewed as ‘unscientific’ appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 8 Nov 2017

Broad surface troughs produced showers and thunderstorms in the north and east of Australia. An intensifying low pressure system tracked across New South Wales, producing moderate to locally heavy falls. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 8 Nov 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap +… Read more »

Grain Central’s October 2017 grain news quiz

Test your Australian grain industry knowledge with Grain Central’s monthly quiz The post Grain Central’s October 2017 grain news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s October 2017 grain news quiz

Australia fears fallout if Europe bans glyphosate

Calls for a ban in Europe of the widely-used, non-selective herbicide, glyphosate, have sparked fears of far-reaching consequences for global food producing and exporting nations such as Australia. The post Australia fears fallout if Europe bans glyphosate appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Australia fears fallout if Europe bans glyphosate

Grain production drops as big dry and severe frosts bite

Australian grain growers are set to produce just 35 million tonne in 2017 growing season, down 41 per cent on last year. Source: ABC Grain Grain production drops as big dry and severe frosts bite

Russian wheat crop will be a big one

The Russian wheat crop is getting larger with updated estimates indicating another record harvest this season. The post Russian wheat crop will be a big one appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Russian wheat crop will be a big one

Viewpoint: European anti-tech groups threaten to derail CRISPR gene editing in agriculture

New genome editing tools allow scientists to make specific genetic improvements in all organisms, including crop plants, but the technology is under challenge by activists in Europe. The post Viewpoint: European anti-tech groups threaten to derail CRISPR gene editing in agriculture appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Viewpoint: European anti-tech groups threaten… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 1 Nov 2017

A complex low pressure system produced storms and moderate falls in eastern New South Wales, while surface troughs across northern and eastern Australia generated showers and thunderstorms throughout the week. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 1 Nov 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap +… Read more »

Harvest 2017: what will you do with all your grain?

With harvest just around the corner it is likely too late for many to increase silo storage capacity, but growers still have time to implement on-farm bunkers to avoid slow turnaround times to receival sites, writes Jemma Pearl in this cross-posting from the Birchip Cropping Group. The post Harvest 2017: what will you do with… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Nov 2017-Jan 2018

For the three months November to January, most of the country has just a 50 percent chance of being wetter than average, according to the latest Seasonal Climate outlook statement released by the Bureau of Meteorology today. The post Seasonal climate outlook Nov 2017-Jan 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 25 Oct 2017

An extensive cloudband and surface trough became associated with a cold front producing moderate to locally heavy falls between southwestern Queensland and eastern Victoria. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 25 Oct 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 25 Oct 2017

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 18 Oct 2017

Surface troughs generated thunderstorms and showers with moderate falls in western, northern and eastern Australia. A coastal trough produced persistent, heavy rainfall in eastern Queensland and parts of northeastern New South Wales. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 18 Oct 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall… Read more »

Game on…rain brings hint of sorghum optimism!

The winter-long drought, which extended through September, wrecked wheat and barley prospects for many, but October rainfall will ensure sorghum planting across a large area in northern NSW, southern Queensland and central Queensland. Peter McMeekin explains what it may mean for local poultry and beef feedlot enterprises. The post Game on…rain brings hint of sorghum… Read more »

Crop profits down despite record yields

Broadacre farm profits fell in Western Australia last year as severe frosts and low prices wiped the sheen off a bumper harvest. Source: ABC Grain Crop profits down despite record yields

GrainCorp’s BBM buys craft brewing supplier Cryer Malt

GrainCorp’s Barrett Burston Malting Co. Pty. Ltd. (BBM), has purchased Cryer Malt, the largest distributor of craft-brewing ingredients in Australia and New Zealand. The post GrainCorp’s BBM buys craft brewing supplier Cryer Malt appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp’s BBM buys craft brewing supplier Cryer Malt

First harvest receival on Eyre Peninsula

Harvest is underway on the Eyre Peninsula (EP) in South Australia after Viterra received its first load into Poochera on Tuesday. The post First harvest receival on Eyre Peninsula appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central First harvest receival on Eyre Peninsula

Riverina and Agrex to merge

Riverina (Australia) and Agrex Australia announced today they are to be merged into one company. The post Riverina and Agrex to merge appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Riverina and Agrex to merge

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 11 Oct 2017

Surface troughs generated thunderstorms and showers, with moderate falls across northwest, central and eastern Australia. A low pressure system produced moderate falls in western Tasmania and southern Victoria. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 11 Oct 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day… Read more »

WA harvest kicks off on upbeat note

CBH took its first delivery of canola at the Port of Esperance on Friday, marking the start of winter crop harvest in Western Australia, but it will be a few weeks yet before headers move into full swing across the WA cropping belt. The post WA harvest kicks off on upbeat note appeared first on… Read more »

Winter crop outlook like a box of chocolates…

After a record 2016/17 season, the current winter crop production outlook from Queensland around to South Australia is more like a box of chocolates. It ranges from very good in some areas, to a write-off in others, and nobody knows exactly what they will get. The post Winter crop outlook like a box of chocolates…… Read more »

Victorian, NSW crops need rain to consolidate yield prospects

Any likelihood of Victoria producing as much wheat as NSW from the upcoming harvest now seems unlikely in the wake of its dry start to spring, which has Mallee and Wimmera crops looking for rain this week to bolster yield outlooks and offset some frost damage. The post Victorian, NSW crops need rain to consolidate… Read more »

‘Typical’ tropical cyclone season ahead: BOM

THE Bureau of Meteorology is predicting an average number of cyclones to occur over the 2017–18 Australian tropical cyclone season, which runs from November 2017 to April 2018). The post ‘Typical’ tropical cyclone season ahead: BOM appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central ‘Typical’ tropical cyclone season ahead: BOM

Exceptional September heat sets new highs in eastern Australia

A spate of searing temperatures that sapped moisture levels and crop potential across much of eastern Australia in the second half of September sent records tumbling in many areas, according to analysis by the Bureau of Meteorology. The post Exceptional September heat sets new highs in eastern Australia appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Rain boosts summer crop prospects

Handy rain over the past week in the northern farming zone from Central Queensland (CQ) to north-west NSW has come too late for many winter crops, but bolstered prospects for the coming summer crop. The post Rain boosts summer crop prospects appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rain boosts summer crop prospects

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 4 Oct 2017

Late in the week, strong troughs combined to produce very heavy rain in the Wide Bay and Burnett districts in Queensland. Cold fronts brought moderate to heavy falls along Western Australia’s South Coast; also in western Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 4 Oct 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Only time will tell…

Peter McMeekin looks at what lies behind the supply-and-demand outlook for the Australian chickpea crop now being harvested. The post Only time will tell… appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Only time will tell…

Government invites submissions to wheat ports review

The Australian Government is reviewing the Wheat Port Code and wants to hear from farmers, bulk handlers, traders and other stakeholders to ensure it is providing exporters of bulk wheat fair and transparent access to port terminal services without unnecessary red tape. The post Government invites submissions to wheat ports review appeared first on Grain… Read more »

Grain Central’s September 2017 grain news quiz

Test your Australian grain industry knowledge with Grain Central’s monthly quiz The post Grain Central’s September 2017 grain news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s September 2017 grain news quiz

South Australian grain harvest underway

The South Australian harvest has kicked off with Viterra receiving its first load of new season grain yesterday. The post South Australian grain harvest underway appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central South Australian grain harvest underway

Crop consultants face brave new world of farm advice

The changing role of farm advisers in an era where demand is not only for cropping advice, but environmental stewardship and supply chain needs, emphasises the importance of agronomists keeping up with the times and continuing their professional development. The post Crop consultants face brave new world of farm advice appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Southern WA rain leaves inland farmers relieved but coastal crops soaked

A series of cold fronts over the southern half of Western Australia has dumped more than 100 millimetres of rain over the Great Southern and 120 to 160mm over the heavier-hit parts of the south coast since last week. Source: ABC Livestock Southern WA rain leaves inland farmers relieved but coastal crops soaked

Seasonal climate outlook Oct-Dec 2017

The chances of above average rainfall during October are looking better for large parts of Eastern Australia according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s seasonal climate outlook forecast for October to December, released this morning. The post Seasonal climate outlook Oct-Dec 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook Oct-Dec 2017

Thailand's ex-PM found guilty over rice subsidy policy

A Thai court has delivered a guilty verdict to Thailand’s former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, holding her personally and criminally responsible for a failed rice subsidy policy. Source: ABC Grain Thailand’s ex-PM found guilty over rice subsidy policy

Namoi Cotton Co-op set to become listed public company

Namoi Cotton Co-operative grower members and capital stockholders have overwhelmingly approved the proposed restructure of Namoi Cotton from a cooperative to an ASX listed public company. The post Namoi Cotton Co-op set to become listed public company appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Namoi Cotton Co-op set to become listed public company

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 27 Sep 2017

Cold fronts and associated troughs produced thunderstorms with moderate to heavy falls recorded through southern Western Australia. Vigorous cold fronts produced moderate falls over western Tasmania, with light falls through much of the State, extending into Victoria. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 27 Sep 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Hold ‘em, fold ‘em, walk away or run…

Peter McMeekin follows the rollercoaster of the dry season leading to high prices. As the critical month of September passes, the stakes get higher. Something has to give, eventually. The post Hold ‘em, fold ‘em, walk away or run… appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Hold ‘em, fold ‘em, walk away or… Read more »

NSW and Vic temp records smashed under summer-like heat

Over 100 different weather recording stations reported their hottest September day or night in at least a decade over the weekend. The post NSW and Vic temp records smashed under summer-like heat appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central NSW and Vic temp records smashed under summer-like heat

Inland Rail selects southern Queensland route over floodplain

The northernmost section of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail corridor will cross valuable Darling Downs agricultural land on its route announced in Toowoomba today by Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester. The post Inland Rail selects southern Queensland route over floodplain appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Inland Rail… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 20 Sep 2017

An upper-level trough triggered moderate rainfall over the Far North Queensland tropical coast. A vigorous westerly air stream with embedded cold fronts produced moderate rainfall in Victoria and Tasmania. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 20 Sep 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14… Read more »

New CQ grain facility first step in revitalising rail freight

A new state-of-the-art grain handling facility being built near Emerald in Central Queensland will help make it safer and cheaper to transport grain, but much more needs to be done to revitalise Queensland’s agricultural rail freight network. The post New CQ grain facility first step in revitalising rail freight appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Queensland wearing its import parity cap…

Market signals delivered Brisbane and Darling Downs are telling sellers not to expect future values to outperform values in the southern markets. The post Queensland wearing its import parity cap… appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Queensland wearing its import parity cap…

Farmers nervous about weather impact on NSW canola

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair is confident further research into canola will help protect future crops from volatile seasonal conditions. Source: ABC Grain Farmers nervous about weather impact on NSW canola

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 13 Sep 2017

A cold southwesterly flow produced moderate rainfall totals and snow in southeastern Australia. A surface trough generated thunderstorms with moderate rainfall for the Gascoyne in Western Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 13 Sep 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook,… Read more »

Forecast decrease for winter crop production: ABARES

Australia’s winter crop production is expected to decrease in 2017-18 as a result of unfavourable conditions in many key cropping regions, according to the latest Australian Crop Report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). The post Forecast decrease for winter crop production: ABARES appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Jack’s back…

Frost has impacted on the yield potential of Australia’s 2017 chickpea crop, and on winter crops generally across much of eastern Australia. The post Jack’s back… appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Jack’s back…

High dollar and low prices hit NAB Rural Commodities Index

The NAB Rural Commodities Index fell to a 15 month low in September, on the back of a high Australian dollar, retreating grain prices, and weakness in cattle prices. The post High dollar and low prices hit NAB Rural Commodities Index appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central High dollar and low prices… Read more »

WA grain farmers share experiences with depression ahead of bleak harvest

A mental health awareness campaign coordinated by Australia’s largest grain exporter and two mental health organisations tells personal stories of depression in rural WA. Source: ABC Grain WA grain farmers share experiences with depression ahead of bleak harvest

Inland Rail success demands dedicated freight line to Brisbane Port

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. The post Inland Rail success demands dedicated freight line to Brisbane Port appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Inland Rail… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 6 Sep 2017

A surface trough with thunderstorms produced moderate falls in the South West Land Division. A series of vigorous cold fronts produced moderate falls in southeastern Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 6 Sep 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 6… Read more »

Hope springs with new season

Late winter rain boosted crop prospects for the fortunate few. Growers elsewhere put the tough winter behind them and pin their hopes on the chance of a successful summer crop season. The post Hope springs with new season appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Hope springs with new season

GrainCorp business change sparks NSW Farmers’ concerns

NSW Farrmers is seeking assurances from GrainCorp that its natural monopoly does not become anti-competitive following its announcement last week that it would join its marketing and storage and logistics operations into a single unit. The post GrainCorp business change sparks NSW Farmers’ concerns appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp business… Read more »

Canadian farmers foreshadow severe yield cuts

Dry weather saw Canadian farmers cut 2017 yield and production estimates of major export crops canola, wheat and barley in the Statistics Canada (Statscan) crop report released on August 31. The post Canadian farmers foreshadow severe yield cuts appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Canadian farmers foreshadow severe yield cuts

Australian farmer sentiment withers under dry skies: Rabobank

Dry winter weather in many parts of the country has seen Australian farmer confidence decline to a four-year low, according to the latest quarterly Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey. The post Australian farmer sentiment withers under dry skies: Rabobank appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Australian farmer sentiment withers under dry skies: Rabobank

GrainCorp co-mingles its storage, logistics and marketing units

GrainCorp has announced moves to simplify its business structure through the creation of a single Grains business unit from the existing Storage and Logistics and Marketing businesses. The post GrainCorp co-mingles its storage, logistics and marketing units appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp co-mingles its storage, logistics and marketing units

Seasonal climate outlook Sep-Nov 2017

For most of the country, there are roughly equal chances of a wetter or drier spring, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest three month climate outlook released this morning. The post Seasonal climate outlook Sep-Nov 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook Sep-Nov 2017

Middle Eastern investor sells-up remaining agricultural properties in SA

A Middle Eastern investor with an agriculture portfolio valued at nearly half a billion dollars has announced it is selling its remaining farmland in South Australia. Source: ABC Grain Middle Eastern investor sells-up remaining agricultural properties in SA

Shiploads of southern wheat on the radar for Brisbane

Southern Queensland’s dry-induced feedgrain deficit is drawing grain from further and further south each week, and some in the trade say a vessel from South Australia or Victoria is close to pricing itself into Brisbane to alleviate metropolitan demand. The post Shiploads of southern wheat on the radar for Brisbane appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 30 Aug 2017

A vigorous cold front produced moderate falls across southeastern Australia at the start of the week. A cut-off low pressure system and cold front generated showers and thunderstorms in southeastern South Australia later in the week. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 30 Aug 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Hailstorms dump more misery on struggling WA crop farmers

Broadacre farmers in Western Australia, who have struggled all year with dry conditions, are now suffering from hail and storm damage. Source: ABC Grain Hailstorms dump more misery on struggling WA crop farmers

Hassad lists South Australian cropping aggregations, Raby in NSW

Hassad Australia has listed its two South Australian cropping aggregations, Cummins/Ungarra on the Eyre Peninsula and Glendale in the Mid North, as well as its Macquarie Valley sheep property, Raby, in NSW for sale to make way for a planned expansion into post-farm gate operations. The post Hassad lists South Australian cropping aggregations, Raby in… Read more »

Harvey not the Wallbanger markets feared…

The US Pro Farmer crop tour last week reflects dryness affecting corn and soybean production estimates in survey states. Nonetheless the record corn crops in Brazil and Argentina are likely to see those exporters dominate export trade. US Gulf shipments of corn and beans will also struggle in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey The post… Read more »

Report outlines crop insurance options now available for grain growers

National grain farmer representative body, GrainGrowers, has today released a report highlighting the Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) options available this year for grain farmers. The post Report outlines crop insurance options now available for grain growers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Report outlines crop insurance options now available for grain growers

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 23 Aug 2017

A vigorous cold front produced moderate falls across southeastern Australia at the start of the week. A cut-off low pressure system and cold front generated showers and thunderstorms in southeastern South Australia later in the week. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 23 Aug 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

The future of food

As the mining boom slows, and issues such as food security, climate change and sustainability come to the forefront of global consciousness, a new opportunity is arising for Australian producers and manufacturers to position themselves at the forefront of the food and agribusiness revolution. The post The future of food appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Who sows barley cannot reap wheat…

The wheat market has been stealing the limelight in recently with the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) futures pushing significantly higher through June and early July, only to retreat at the same dizzy pace ever since. The post Who sows barley cannot reap wheat… appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Who sows… Read more »

Record dry July causes further pain for NSW farmers

A record dry July on top of a dry June has put pressure on struggling winter crops and pastures. Source: ABC Grain Record dry July causes further pain for NSW farmers

Bureau introduces mid-monthly seasonal climate outlooks

Spring (September to November) rainfall is likely to be below average for western parts of Australia, according to the Bureau’s mid monthly climate outlook statement released today The post Bureau introduces mid-monthly seasonal climate outlooks appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Bureau introduces mid-monthly seasonal climate outlooks

The bears are back in town…

The USDA ran a bearish shiver through agricultural commodity markets late last week when it released the August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). The post The bears are back in town… appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central The bears are back in town…

GM crops 20 years on – the debate continues

The 20-year anniversary of the release of the first commercial genetically modified (GM) crops in Australia in 1996 provides an opportunity to review the progress of GM crops, the extent to which they have or have not delivered on their promise, and likely future developments in plant genetics. The post GM crops 20 years on… Read more »

WA winter crop forecast now 10 Mt – up from 7.8 MT last month

The outlook for Western Australian grain production has improved over the last month with several good rainfall events over most regions throughout July and the first week in August. The post WA winter crop forecast now 10 Mt – up from 7.8 MT last month appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central WA… Read more »

Record grain shipments from Eyre Peninsula

Viterra’s Port Lincoln terminal in South Australia has reached 2 million tonnes (Mt) of grain shipping in its busiest October to July period in five years. The post Record grain shipments from Eyre Peninsula appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Record grain shipments from Eyre Peninsula

Australia’s BARLEYmax turns ‘forgotten’ grain into global health food

CSIRO scientists have developed BARLEYmax™, a new type of barley with significant health benefits that is finding its place in food products throughout Australia and beyond. The post Australia’s BARLEYmax turns ‘forgotten’ grain into global health food appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Australia’s BARLEYmax turns ‘forgotten’ grain into global health food

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 9 Aug 2017

A series of cold fronts tracked across southern Australia during the week, producing moderate falls. A complex low pressure system and associated cold fronts brought moderate falls to the southeast. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 9 Aug 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap +… Read more »

Jimmy Wilson moves to CBH top job from BHP

Jimmy Wilson has been named as the new CEO of Western Australian bulk handler and major trading organisation, the CBH Group. The post Jimmy Wilson moves to CBH top job from BHP appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Jimmy Wilson moves to CBH top job from BHP

Damn that Aussie dollar

Strength in the Australian dollar is reflecting a lack of confidence in the US dollar, and is making the price of our agricultural exports unattractive to export customers. The post Damn that Aussie dollar appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Damn that Aussie dollar

Feedlot expansion underpins demand for feedgrains, conference told

Demand from the feedlot sector for feed grain is expected to remain strong as the number of cattle on feed in Australia reaches record levels, driven largely by low prices for grain. The post Feedlot expansion underpins demand for feedgrains, conference told appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Feedlot expansion underpins demand… Read more »

CBH Group to explore blockchain technology for grain sales

West Australian Grain handler the CBH Group is investigating the potential of using blockchain technology to sell grain. Source: ABC Grain CBH Group to explore blockchain technology for grain sales

Trump: America’s rural heartland sticks by their man

While United States farmers are “nervous” about some of the issues facing them under the Donald Trump administration, there is strong support across rural America for the new president and many of his agricultural policies, The post Trump: America’s rural heartland sticks by their man appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Trump:… Read more »

Asian feed wheat markets provide important backstop for Australia

South-East Asia countries provide a handy, stop-gap market for Australian wheat in years when a glut of lower protein wheat needs to find a home, according to Concordia Agritrading head of grains, Luke Mason. The post Asian feed wheat markets provide important backstop for Australia appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Asian… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: Japan’s beef bowl tariff blow

Japan’s gyudon beef bowl restaurants, located on every city street corner, will be hardest hit by Japan’s Safeguard tariff triggering, which will see US frozen beef import tariffs soar to 50pc for the next eight months, writes Beef Central’s US columnist, Steve Kay. The post Kay’s Cuts: Japan’s beef bowl tariff blow appeared first on… Read more »

Grain conference down to business in Melbourne + Pics

The 2017 Australian Grains Industry Conference kicked off in Melbourne today under the theme “Global trends – Is ‘quality’ Australia’s Trump card?”. The post Grain conference down to business in Melbourne + Pics appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain conference down to business in Melbourne + Pics

New $5m grains research hub to be built in WA

A $5 million West Australian crop research hub will be a centre for national research into grains pathogens and productivity. Source: ABC Grain New m grains research hub to be built in WA

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 2 Aug 2017

A series of cold fronts and low pressure systems tracked across southern Australia over the past week, with rain limited to isolated thunderstorms and moderate falls recorded in the southwest and southeast of Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 2 Aug 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Schooner resurfaces as barley with ability to be Australia’s Maris Otter

Schooner barley could resurface as a malting variety of significance to the craft brewing sector, based on its flavour characteristics, making it the Australian equivalent of the prized English variety, Maris Otter. The post Schooner resurfaces as barley with ability to be Australia’s Maris Otter appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Schooner… Read more »

Trial tests canola meal for beef steers

Charles Sturt University (CSU) research is evaluating the use of canola meal, a by-product of oil production, as a supplementary feed ration for beef steers. The post Trial tests canola meal for beef steers appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Trial tests canola meal for beef steers