Category: Commodities

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

Bollgard 3 gene approval could pave way to cottonseed sales to China

Australia’s Gene Technology Regulator (GTR) this week issued a licence to Syngenta Australia which could remove a perceived impediment to the sale of cottonseed from the now dominant Bollgard 3 varieties into China’s compound feed and oils sector. The post Bollgard 3 gene approval could pave way to cottonseed sales to China appeared first on… Read more »

GrainCorp posts FY2017 profit of $142 million

The strong year-end earnings of A$142m by GrainCorp in last year’s bumper crop would dwarf its current season outlook, seen cutting earnings projection by at least half for year-ended 30 September 2018. The post GrainCorp posts FY2017 profit of $142 million appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp posts FY2017 profit of… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 14 Feb 2018

Broad areas of low pressure across northern Australia produced storms and showers. A deepening surface trough and low pressure system inland of the west coast of Western Australia produced moderate falls. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 14 Feb 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap +… Read more »

Does Australian agriculture have the tools to manage risk?

Australian agriculture is risky and farmers have to constantly adapt to changing conditions, yet insurance and other risk management tools available overseas are currently unavailable in Australia. The post Does Australian agriculture have the tools to manage risk? appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Does Australian agriculture have the tools to manage… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 7 Feb 2018

A monsoon trough brought continued heavy rain over the Cape York Peninsula. Moderate falls recorded from showers associated with surface and upper level troughs over the north, eastern Queensland, and parts of central and southern Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 7 Feb 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Extreme weather leads to patchwork harvest results

It was always going to be a big ask for the nation’s grain crop to reach last year’s record breaker, but extreme weather events across the country guarantee the harvest is well down on last year. Source: ABC Grain Extreme weather leads to patchwork harvest results

Grain Central’s January 2018 grain news quiz

Keep up to date with Australian cropping industry developments with Grain Central’s monthly quiz. The post Grain Central’s January 2018 grain news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s January 2018 grain news quiz

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 31 Jan 2018

An active monsoon trough and associated tropical low produced moderate to heavy rainfall in northern Australia during the week. Surface troughs produced showers and moderate falls in parts of the west and east. The highest weekly total was 716 mm at Humpty Doo in the Darwin–Daly District of the Northern Territory. The post Weekly rainfall… Read more »

Darling Downs trader A&B Grains in liquidation

Darling Downs grain trader, A&B Grains, has gone into liquidation, according to a notice published by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. The post Darling Downs trader A&B Grains in liquidation appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Darling Downs trader A&B Grains in liquidation

Cattle on feed numbers to ease under feedgrain price, profitability pressure

Cattle on feed numbers across Australia are anticipated to fall this year from 2017 highs, under pressure from high feedgrain prices, and the ‘price resilience’ of feeder weight cattle making the trading outlook for grainfeeding cattle look difficult. The post Cattle on feed numbers to ease under feedgrain price, profitability pressure appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Nhill, Mt McLaren top GrainCorp sites for intake in challenging 2017 harvest

Nhill in Victoria at nearly 180,000 tonnes and Mt McLaren in Central Queensland on more than 155,000t topped the site intakes for GrainCorp’s up-country network in the winter-crop harvest which is now complete in Australia’s eastern states. The post Nhill, Mt McLaren top GrainCorp sites for intake in challenging 2017 harvest appeared first on Grain… Read more »

Louis Dreyfus ventures into blockchain trade

Global commodity trader, Louis Dreyfus (LDC), has conducted its first agricultural commodity trade using blockchain, selling a 60,000-tonne cargo of United States soybeans to China last month. The post Louis Dreyfus ventures into blockchain trade appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Louis Dreyfus ventures into blockchain trade

Grain silo collapses in the US

The clean up is still underway after the collapse of a massive grain silo in the United States that spilled 10,000 tonnes of corn across the storage complex and cut a major road. The post Grain silo collapses in the US appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain silo collapses in the… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Feb-Apr 2018

The February to April rainfall outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology this morning indicates a wetter three months are likely for Western Australia, while the month of February is forecast to be wetter than average for WA, southern Australia and parts of southern and central Queensland. The post Seasonal climate outlook Feb-Apr 2018 appeared… Read more »

Pacific trade agreement to go ahead without the US

Australia is set to join 10 other nations in signing up to a revised version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal which is likely to open new grain trade opportunities. The post Pacific trade agreement to go ahead without the US appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Pacific trade agreement to… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 24 Jan 2018

An active monsoon trough produced moderate to heavy rainfall in far northern Australia during the week. Surface and upper level troughs brought moderate falls to the western half of Western Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 24 Jan 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap… Read more »

India responds to chickpea/lentil tariff concerns

The Indian Government has agreed to provide forward notice to the Australian grains industry of future increases in tariffs, in a concession given today to Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, following meetings in New Delhi overnight. The post India responds to chickpea/lentil tariff concerns appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain… Read more »

ADM makes takeover bid for competitor Bunge

Share prices have reacted favourably to newsire reports on Friday in the US that global agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has made a takeover approach to competitor Bunge Ltd. The post ADM makes takeover bid for competitor Bunge appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central ADM makes takeover bid for competitor Bunge

Australian pasture and crop seeds bound for icy Norwegian vault

AUSTRALIAN agricultural seeds are destined for a Norwegian ‘doomsday’ vault as part of a global effort to preserve and protect vital stocks of plant material. The post Australian pasture and crop seeds bound for icy Norwegian vault appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian pasture and crop seeds bound for icy Norwegian… Read more »

Liquidator estimates Blue Ribbon creditors owed $11.6m

Two companies owned by pulse processor and marketer Blue Ribbon Group (BRG) have gone into liquidation owing an estimated $11.6 million, including $3.9m to major secured creditor, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The post Liquidator estimates Blue Ribbon creditors owed $11.6m appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Liquidator estimates Blue Ribbon creditors… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 17 Jan 2018

Tropical cyclone Joyce made landfall on the north Pilbara coast, producing heavy falls. Thunderstorms and showers produced moderate falls in southeastern Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 17 Jan 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 17 Jan 2018

CBH reports record $247m surplus, harvest intake of 13.2Mt

Western Australia’s CBH Group has reported a record surplus before rebates of $247.6 million for the year ending 30 September 2017, and a grain intake of 13.2 million tonnes (Mt) in the 2017/18 harvest which is now in its final days. The post CBH reports record $247m surplus, harvest intake of 13.2Mt appeared first on… Read more »

Ag Minister to fly to India for urgent pulse tariff talks

David Littleproud will travel to India for urgent talks aimed at saving Australia’s pulse market from whopping Indian tariffs. Source: ABC Grain Ag Minister to fly to India for urgent pulse tariff talks

The rise and rise of the noodle and why everyone wants a piece of it

Japan is ending 40 years of state-controlled rice growing with its farmers expected to concentrate on producing wheat for noodles, and Australian farmers see an opportunity. Source: ABC Grain The rise and rise of the noodle and why everyone wants a piece of it

Year in review – Grain stories that led the news in 2017

It was always going to be a tough ask for 2017 to match the extraordinary cropping year of 2016 when Australia produced a record winter crop of 59.1 million tonnes (Mt). From a brutal summer that knocked the stuffing out of crops to a ‘mixed bag’ winter cropping season across Australia, and from research breakthroughs… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Jan-Mar 2018

The January to March rainfall outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology this morning shows parts of eastern and western Australia are likely to have a wetter than average three months. The post Seasonal climate outlook Jan-Mar 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook Jan-Mar 2018

Here’s cheers to SA’s Limestone Coast farmers

Barley from South Australia’s Limestone Coast is now sent around Australia and the globe for beer production via Naracoorte’s new silo storage facility at TE Storage and Logistics. The post Here’s cheers to SA’s Limestone Coast farmers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Here’s cheers to SA’s Limestone Coast farmers

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 20 Dec 2017

Persistent thunderstorms produced moderate to locally heavy falls for the Kimberley in Western Australia and the northwest Top End in the Northern Territory. A cold front and associated low produced light to moderate falls in the southwest Western Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 20 Dec 2017 appeared first on Beef… Read more »

Upgraded Cunningar site boosts GrainCorp efficiency into Port Kembla

GrainCorp today unveiled an extensive upgrade to its site at Cunningar, its closest receival point to NSW’s Port Kembla, which will now be able to load a 44-wagon train 80 per cent faster than previously. The post Upgraded Cunningar site boosts GrainCorp efficiency into Port Kembla appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central … Read more »

Biodiesel made from Australian canola a lower greenhouse gas emitter than diesel

Australia secures access to a billion-dollar market as the CSIRO proves Australian canola biodiesel produced in Europe generates less than 50 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions of fossil fuel. Source: ABC Grain Biodiesel made from Australian canola a lower greenhouse gas emitter than diesel

Grain Central’s December 2017 grain news quiz

Keep up to date with Australian cropping industry developments with Grain Central’s monthly quiz. The post Grain Central’s December 2017 grain news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s December 2017 grain news quiz

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 13 Dec 2017

Moderate falls were recorded in southeastern Australia from the passage of a cold front, while thunderstorms and showers in southeastern Queensland and northern New South Wales brought moderate rainfall. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 13 Dec 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14… Read more »

Winter crop down, summer plantings up: ABARES

Australian winter crop production is forecast to reach 34.9 million tonnes (Mt) in 2017-18, 41 per cent lower than the record production in 2016–17, according to ABARES’ ‘Agricultural commodities, December quarter 2017’ report released today. The post Winter crop down, summer plantings up: ABARES appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Winter crop… Read more »

Call for crop research priorities to get back to ‘grassroots’

The Grains Research Foundation (GRF) has called for the establishment of an independent body to set the priorities for cropping research and give growers more say in the process. The post Call for crop research priorities to get back to ‘grassroots’ appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Call for crop research priorities… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 6 Dec 2017

Surface troughs and upper level disturbances produced moderate falls across eastern and northern Australia, while moderate to locally heavy falls were recorded in southeastern Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 6 Dec 2017 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 6 Dec… Read more »

Russian wheat sells into Asia cheaper than Australian grain

Australia’s position as supplier of premium milling wheat for noodles is at risk with Russian exports undermining a long-standing relationship between Australian wheat farms and Indonesian flour mills. Source: ABC Grain Russian wheat sells into Asia cheaper than Australian grain

Winter crop set to fall to 35.1 million tonnes: ABARES

As headers work their way through the winter crop harvest, production is set to fall well below the heady heights of last year’s record 59.5-million-tonne (Mt) crop, with the nation expected to produce 35.1Mt this season. The post Winter crop set to fall to 35.1 million tonnes: ABARES appeared first on Grain Central. Source:… Read more »

Rural confidence rebounds: Rabobank

Australia’s farmers are looking to 2018 with renewed optimism, with rural confidence levels rebounding from the four-year low recorded last quarter, according to the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey. The post Rural confidence rebounds: Rabobank appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rural confidence rebounds: Rabobank

Coopers brings malting in-house with new $65m plant

Australia’s largest domestically owned brewer, Coopers, has opened a $65 million malting plant today at its Regency Park brewery in Adelaide to mark the biggest single investment in the the family company’s 155-year history. The post Coopers brings malting in-house with new $65m plant appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Coopers brings… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2017-Feb 2018

The summer rainfall outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology this morning shows no strong swing towards a wetter or drier conditions for most of Australia. The post Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2017-Feb 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2017-Feb 2018

Widespread rain and thunderstorms ahead for multiple states

A significant thunderstorm and rainfall system is evolving across southern and eastern Australia with the potential for widespread flooding in parts of Victoria and southern and central NSW, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The post Widespread rain and thunderstorms ahead for multiple states appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Widespread rain… Read more »

VIC and NSW floods expected in thunderstorm and rainfall system

A SIGNIFICANT thunderstorm and rainfall system is evolving across southern and eastern Australia with the potential for widespread flooding in parts of Victoria and southern and central NSW. The post VIC and NSW floods expected in thunderstorm and rainfall system appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central VIC and NSW floods expected in… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 29 Nov 2017

A series of low pressure troughs produced moderate falls across northern Australia. Moderate to locally heavy falls were recorded in southeastern Australia. The highest weekly total was 187mm at Nardoo Station in northwest Queensland. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 29 Nov 2017 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Energy costs a challenge for malting, oils

GrainCorp has cited concerns about the rising cost of energy and its impact on the bottom line for its malt-processing and edible oil divisions which rely heavily on it. The post Energy costs a challenge for malting, oils appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Energy costs a challenge for malting, oils

CHS Broadbent buys GrainFlow’s Jondaryan site

CHS Broadbent has increased its storage and handling capabilities with the purchase of the Cargill-owned GrainFlow site at Jondaryan on southern Queensland’s Darling Downs. The post CHS Broadbent buys GrainFlow’s Jondaryan site appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central CHS Broadbent buys GrainFlow’s Jondaryan site

Weekly rainfall wrap, 22 Nov 2017

For the week to 21 November, rainfall was recorded in all States and Territories, except in the Pilbara, northern Gascoyne and central interior districts of WA. At the beginning of the week, a large cloudband associated with a cold front and surface trough tracked across southeastern Australia. Thunderstorms and showers produced moderate to locally heavy… Read more »

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 »