Category: Grains

Australia on track for above-average winter crop: Rabobank

Australia is on track for a major recovery in grain production, with the winter harvest set to come in at an above-average 47.4 million tonnes, according to Rabobank’s later crop report. Source: Grain Central Australia on track for above-average winter crop: Rabobank

'Waiting for a crop for too long': Excitement brews as growers begin harvest

There’s a glow atop the paddocks in northern New South Wales, a sight locals and farmers haven’t seen since 2016. It’s header drivers working into the night to get the most important crop in years off as quickly as possible. Source: ABC Grain ‘Waiting for a crop for too long’: Excitement brews as growers… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Wheat strengthens on limited grower selling

Wheat prices have strengthened in the past week as harvesting growers focus on selling barley for cash and holding their high-quality and high-protein wheat in a rising market. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Wheat strengthens on limited grower selling

Cool finish limits slide in WA winter crop yield potential, now pegged at 13Mt

Dry spring conditions through the heart of the WA wheatbelt have stripped about 1.5Mt from the state’s winter crop estimates in the past month, according to GIWA’s latest crop report released today. Source: Grain Central Cool finish limits slide in WA winter crop yield potential, now pegged at 13Mt

SA gets applications from 10 council areas to stay GM free

The SA Government has received applications from 10 local government areas to remain GM free following the passing of legislation earlier this year which will allow the state’s farmers to crop GM crops including canola. Source: Grain Central SA gets applications from 10 council areas to stay GM free

Winter crop pegged at 44.7Mt, 9pc above average: Rural Bank

Australian winter crop production is forecast at 44.7 million tonnes, nine per cent above average and a 49pc year-on-year increase, according to Rural Bank Insights Update October 2020 release today. Source: Grain Central Winter crop pegged at 44.7Mt, 9pc above average: Rural Bank

Feedgrain Focus: North drops, southern wheat firms

Nearby values for northern wheat and barley have succumbed to harvest pressure, and nearby cottonseed prices have weakened with them, but southern markets are firming based on rising world values for wheat. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: North drops, southern wheat firms

SA man dies in workplace accident at Barossa feed mill

A 35-year-old man from Penrice has died at the scene of a workplace accident at a mill north of Adelaide. Source: ABC Grain SA man dies in workplace accident at Barossa feed mill

South East rains give late boost to winter crops

Widespread rain across South Australia and Victoria in the past couple of days has given a late top up to winter crops. Source: Grain Central South East rains give late boost to winter crops

RIC drought loan scheme fails to deliver: GPA

GPA chairman, Andrew Weidemann, says wait times of a year or more to process applications and make payments to farmers under the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) drought loan scheme are totally unacceptable. Source: Grain Central RIC drought loan scheme fails to deliver: GPA

Cotton sowing sets scene for modest 2.1-million-bale crop

Cotton planting for the 2020-21 season is well underway with Cotton Australia predicting a 2.1-million-bale national crop – slightly below average but well above last year’s drought-devastated 600,000-bale crop. Source: Grain Central Cotton sowing sets scene for modest 2.1-million-bale crop

Viterra receives first new-crop grain in South Australia

Viterra received barley on Saturday into its Port Pirie site to kick off deliveries for South Australia’s major bulk handler in the 2020-21 harvest. Source: Grain Central Viterra receives first new-crop grain in South Australia

Industry calls for recovery fund to buffer China tariff impact

Australia’s representative grains bodies are jointly calling on the Federal Government for a $20 million Industry Recovery Fund to soften the impact of China’s tariffs on Australian barley. Source: Grain Central Industry calls for recovery fund to buffer China tariff impact

Feedgrain Focus: Price moves mixed in thin trade

Wheat and barley values have been mixed in the past week as the market weighs up varying new-crop prospects, and the last of the current-crop shorts get covered. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Price moves mixed in thin trade

Defend the use of glyphosate – but have a backup plan

Agronomists and farmers need to vigorously defend the use of glyphosate at every opportunity or risk losing the valuable chemical, according to long-standing ag consultant Paul McIntosh. Source: Grain Central Defend the use of glyphosate – but have a backup plan

What drives the price of diesel?

As harvest approaches, one of the most significant costs will be fuel. Thomas Elder Markets agricultural market analyst, Andrew Whitelaw, takes a look into the driver of price, and where prices currently are. Source: Grain Central What drives the price of diesel?

New fodder industry leader is focused on year-round quality

AUSTRALIA’S fodder industry needed to focus on producing better products year-round for livestock producers, according to the sector’s new leader. Source: Sheep Central New fodder industry leader is focused on year-round quality

Parthenium alert for harvest machinery crossing Qld-NSW border

People bringing harvesting machinery into NSW from Queensland are required by law to ensure equipment crossing the border is free of the devastating parthenium weed and its seeds. Source: Beef Central Parthenium alert for harvest machinery crossing Qld-NSW border

Ord farmers on the pulse with new range of value-added chickpea products

A farming cooperative in the Ord Irrigation Scheme teams up with a food company in Perth to create Western Australia’s first locally grown chickpea snack range — direct from paddock to packet. Source: ABC Grain Ord farmers on the pulse with new range of value-added chickpea products

Too much rain at wrong time could ruin first NSW grain harvest in years

Usually when it comes to rain, farmers always want more — but just weeks out from the first harvest in four years for many growers, the timing of rain could ruin the crops they have nurtured for months. Source: ABC Grain Too much rain at wrong time could ruin first NSW grain harvest in… Read more »

Grainfed cattle premium declines to near zero

The grainfed OTH indicator is currently operating at only a 2c/kg premium to the national OTH grassfed heavy yearling steer indicator, MLA reported today. This grainfed premium is in contrast to the 42c/kg premium the grainfed indicator held over the grassfed indicator at the beginning of the year. Source: Beef Central Grainfed cattle premium… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Export demand, local shorts lift values

Wheat and barley prices have firmed in the past week to reflect a little short covering from the domestic market, and export demand led by the latest Saudi barley tender. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Export demand, local shorts lift values

Hail, lodging hit promising winter crops in southern NSW

A destructive hail storm that swept across a wide swathe of farming country in the Junee region of southern NSW on Tuesday shredded cereal crops, pulverised pastures and stripped canola crops down to bare stalks. Source: Grain Central Hail, lodging hit promising winter crops in southern NSW

Grainfed trading budget sees sharp decline, as feeder prices hit record high

Record-high feeder cattle values and a softening in finished grainfed cattle price offers from processors has pushed Beef Central’s latest 100-day trading budget result deeply into negative territory. Source: Beef Central Grainfed trading budget sees sharp decline, as feeder prices hit record high

Australian cropping programs to favour feedgrain production in next decade

Population growth and changing consumer dietary preferences will be positives for the grain industry over the next decade, but there will be challenges from international competition, trade tensions and climate change… Source: Sheep Central Australian cropping programs to favour feedgrain production in next decade

Australian cropping programs to favour feed grain production in next decade

Population growth and changing consumer dietary preferences will be positives for the grain industry over the next decade, but there will be challenges from international competition, trade tensions and climate change. Source: Beef Central Australian cropping programs to favour feed grain production in next decade

Feedgrain Focus: South softer, north mixed in thin trade

Values for nearby barley have jumped in the northern market on some short covering ahead of harvest volume, while southern values have mostly softened, despite limited grower selling. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: South softer, north mixed in thin trade

Grain sector faces new opportunities, challenges on the way to 2030

Population growth and changing consumer dietary preferences will be positives for the grain industry over the next decade, but there will be challenges from international competition, trade tensions and climate change. Source: Grain Central Grain sector faces new opportunities, challenges on the way to 2030

Virtual AGM relays GrainGrowers’ achievements, election results

GrainGrowers used the COVID-safe medium of virtual technology to run its 62nd AGM yesterday and announce the results of the election of Western Region grower directors. Source: Grain Central Virtual AGM relays GrainGrowers’ achievements, election results

Inland port near Emerald to save farmers thousands of dollars in freight

In one of the region’s driest growing seasons ever, a new $18 million bulk-grain handling facility at an inland port is predicted to save Queensland farmers thousands of dollars in freight costs. Source: ABC Grain Inland port near Emerald to save farmers thousands of dollars in freight

Crop sector leads ag’s drought recovery despite COVID-19: ABARES

Agriculture’s crop-led recovery from drought remains on track but falling prices and global economic uncertainty from COVID-19 are forecast to temper earnings, according to ABARES. Source: Grain Central Crop sector leads ag’s drought recovery despite COVID-19: ABARES

Seaweed cultivation seen as $1.5 billion ‘blue economy’ opportunity

The Australian seaweed industry is making waves, with plans to be a $100 million plus industry in the next five years. Investors and entrepreneurs are lining up to get involved in seaweed to make money and make a difference by reducing livestock emissions, improving ocean health and creating jobs in regional areas. But development will… Read more »

China puts Australia on notice over wheat exports as it plans 'enhanced' inspections

Australian wheat producers are being dragged into the growing political and trade tussle between Canberra and Beijing, after China warns it will put Australian exports under the microscope. Source: ABC Grain China puts Australia on notice over wheat exports as it plans ‘enhanced’ inspections

Feedgrain Focus: Wheat mostly higher on northern dry

Wheat and barley traded firm to higher this week in limited volume on minimal growing selling and steady export demand for wheat which is making barley look more attractive to domestic consumers. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Wheat mostly higher on northern dry

WA winter crop runs dry as weather warms

Recent unexpected early spring rainfall in WA has helped with crop grain-fill, although for most regions of the WA grain belt it will only buy another week or two until more rain is needed to avoid a sharp drop in grain yield potential. Source: Grain Central WA winter crop runs dry as weather warms

Mice threaten NSW-Qld winter crop, summer plantings

Northern NSW and southern Queensland grain growers are being encouraged to bait for mice, with mouse numbers expected to rise under favourable conditions across the region. Source: Grain Central Mice threaten NSW-Qld winter crop, summer plantings

North West irrigators get their first water allocation in three years

Growers in a rich cotton region of northern New South Wales have received their first water allocation in more than three years, boosting confidence ahead of winter harvest and summer planting. Source: ABC Grain North West irrigators get their first water allocation in three years

Riverina farmers remove winter crops to make room for rice

Some farmers in the Riverina take the unusual step of spraying winter crops or cutting them for stock feed so they can plant rice this season. Source: ABC Grain Riverina farmers remove winter crops to make room for rice

New quinoa variety to underpin fledgling industry

Australia’s first open access, locally bred quinoa variety, Kruso White, was launched in Kununurra, WA, today. Source: Grain Central New quinoa variety to underpin fledgling industry

Growers go to the polls to elect western directors

Voting is currently underway for GrainGrowers Western Region Board of directors with the results to be announced at the organisation’s first ever virtual AGM on 16 September 2020. Source: Grain Central Growers go to the polls to elect western directors

NSW leads expected bounce back in national winter crop to 47.9Mt: ABARES

Australian winter crop production is forecast to increase by 64pc in 2020-21, with NSW expected to have its second biggest winter crop in a decade, according to ABARES’ September 2020 Australian Crop Report released today. Source: Grain Central NSW leads expected bounce back in national winter crop to 47.9Mt: ABARES

Feedgrain Focus: Northern barley prices firm

Northern barley prices have firmed in the past week while the start of the Queensland wheat harvest saw old and new-crop markets converge, and values were mostly firmer in the south also. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Northern barley prices firm

Ag sector confidence slides; harvest optimism buoys grain farmers: Rabobank

Farmer confidence levels have continued a downward trend, but the nation’s grain producers are buoyed by prospects of a bumper harvest, according to the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey results. Source: Grain Central Ag sector confidence slides; harvest optimism buoys grain farmers: Rabobank

Growers call for easing of cross-border restrictions on ag workers

Growers have called on tomorrow’s national cabinet meeting to approve a National Agriculture Worker code to allow cross-border access for rural operators. Source: Grain Central Growers call for easing of cross-border restrictions on ag workers

Narrabri to get new $12M crop, farming research centre

A new, $12 million International Centre of Crop and Digital Farming will be based at the 2000-hectare University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute at Narrabri in north-west NSW. Source: Grain Central Narrabri to get new M crop, farming research centre

CRU, Hillridge launch weather index insurance

CRU and Hillridge Technology today launched a new Weather Index Insurance product designed to protect farmers financially against adverse weather such as drought, cold snap, heat stress, and excess rain. Source: Grain Central CRU, Hillridge launch weather index insurance

SA grain industry outlines plan to become a $6 billion industry

South Australia’s grain industry sets its sights on becoming the baking wheat capital of Australia in its blueprint to grow the sector to $6 billion a year by 2030. Source: ABC Grain SA grain industry outlines plan to become a billion industry

Feedgrain Focus: Values steady as southern inverses shrink

Demand in southern markets for new-crop export business has closed the inverse on barley and narrowed it for wheat, while in the north, new-crop values have firmed on limited selling. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Values steady as southern inverses shrink

Integrating livestock into a cropping system opens new opportunities

Integrating livestock into a continuous grain cropping enterprise can create many benefits, according to 2018 Nuffield Scholar and NSW farmer, Stuart McDonald. Source: Beef Central Integrating livestock into a cropping system opens new opportunities

Feedgrain Focus: Prices drop on sell-side pressure

Grower and trader selling on nearby and new-crop barley has driven values down to levels which are buying bulk and containerised export demand. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices drop on sell-side pressure

Big wet bogs down Tassie winter cropping program

Tasmanian croppers are making heavy weather of this season’s sowing programs with unseasonally wet conditions hampering autumn/winter plantings. Source: Grain Central Big wet bogs down Tassie winter cropping program

‘Help Harvest NSW’ to help secure ag workers for bumper harvest

NSW has today launched a new one-stop resource which will help agriculture overcome a COVID-induced labour shortage and get unemployed Australians into critical work. Source: Grain Central ‘Help Harvest NSW’ to help secure ag workers for bumper harvest

Glencore Agriculture to rebrand globally as Viterra

Multinational grain heavyweight Glencore Agriculture will rebrand in late 2020 as Viterra, already its banner for on-the-ground operations in Australia and Canada. Source: Grain Central Glencore Agriculture to rebrand globally as Viterra

GRDC appoints new regional panels

The GRDC Board has announced the new panel members who will represent the interests of growers in the northern, southern and western farming regions for the next two years. Source: Grain Central GRDC appoints new regional panels

New experimental wheat could help drought-affected farmers

After more than two decades of searching Australian scientists may have found the most significant climate change adaption for wheat growers. Source: ABC Grain New experimental wheat could help drought-affected farmers

Khapra beetle detected in imported cargo

Several infestations of khapra beetle have been detected in imported cargo in the ACT, posing a potential threat to Australia’s grain industry. Source: Grain Central Khapra beetle detected in imported cargo

‘Lint for socks and jocks, cotton seed for cattle’: Northern cotton push grows

Moves to rapidly expand the northern cotton industry – and with it a locally-produced supply of cotton seed for cattle – are gaining momentum in the lead up to this weekend’s Northern Territory Government elections. Source: Beef Central ‘Lint for socks and jocks, cotton seed for cattle’: Northern cotton push grows

WA spared harvest disaster as rain falls 'just in the nick of time' across state

Widespread rains across southern Western Australia this month have saved the state’s grain growers from potential disaster, with predictions there could even be a bumper harvest. Source: ABC Grain WA spared harvest disaster as rain falls ‘just in the nick of time’ across state

Feedgrain Focus: Rain softens new-crop values

Prices for wheat and barley have softened this week after rain into the weekend bolstered yield prospects across most of Australia’s cropping districts and prompted some grower selling. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Rain softens new-crop values

Rains across WA grainbelt prove game-changer for winter crops

‘Just in time’ rainfall across most WA grain growing regions has been a game changer, increasing the chances of WA producing at least an average total winter crop of around 15 million tonnes. Source: Grain Central Rains across WA grainbelt prove game-changer for winter crops

Harvesters hope to clear Queensland COVID hurdle

Contract harvesters in NSW and Victoria are hoping to gain exemptions from the Qld Government which will allow them to harvest crops in Qld in the face of new restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. Source: Grain Central Harvesters hope to clear Queensland COVID hurdle

Rising mouse numbers put eastern croppers on alert

Early signs of mouse activity have been reported in southern Queensland, putting growers on alert for a potential rise in numbers leading into summer crop planting. Source: Grain Central Rising mouse numbers put eastern croppers on alert

Call for industry planning ahead of bumper crop: ANZ

As Australia heads for one of its biggest ever grain crops a major challenge will be to make sure the industry is ready to handle the massive volume, according to the latest ANZ grains report. Source: Grain Central Call for industry planning ahead of bumper crop: ANZ

Winter crop set to increase 45pc on last year, but threats remain: Rural Bank

Australia’s winter crop is on track to increase by 45 per cent year-on-year, assuming average production can be achieved in WA and SA, according to Rural Bank’s August Insights Update. Source: Grain Central Winter crop set to increase 45pc on last year, but threats remain: Rural Bank

Feedgrain Focus: Prices fall on rain, approaching new crop

Prices for barley, sorghum and wheat have softened this week as the inverse between nearby and new-crop narrows in response to  forecast rain across southern Australia which is expected to consolidate yield prospects in all states bar Queensland. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices fall on rain, approaching new crop

Rain locks in winter crop yield potential

Widespread rain across virtually all Australia’s cropping regions during the past week has shored up this season’s winter crop prospects, locking in the potential for the best national crop since 2016. Source: Grain Central Rain locks in winter crop yield potential

Top sesame varieties identified for Northern Australia

Scientists have identified top-performing black sesame varieties to suit a range of northern Australian conditions, laying the foundation for building a new high-value cropping industry. Source: Grain Central Top sesame varieties identified for Northern Australia

High wheat production ensures Australia’s grain security in COVID era

As a new round of COVID-19 restrictions raises consumer concerns, Australians have been reassured there is no threat to food security with the nation producing far more wheat than domestic demand could consume. Source: Grain Central High wheat production ensures Australia’s grain security in COVID era

Ammonium nitrate stockpile spawns massive Beirut port explosion

Ammonium nitrate, one of the world’s most widely used fertilisers, caused the massive explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday evening that killed at least 78 people and injured thousands more. Source: Grain Central Ammonium nitrate stockpile spawns massive Beirut port explosion

Allenden Seeds upgrade to respond to Qld grower demand

A Queensland Government grant will enable Allenden Seeds at Goovigen to expand and better service demand from growers in Central and North Queensland. Source: Grain Central Allenden Seeds upgrade to respond to Qld grower demand

NSW crop production set to triple in size

Growers are gazing ahead to a glorious harvest if the season continues as it is, after a sharp turnaround in rainfall for New South Wales this year. Source: ABC Grain NSW crop production set to triple in size

Ridley opens new Wellsford mill near Bendigo

Ridley has opened its new feedmill at Wellsford in Victoria, and is preparing its nearby site at Bendigo for divestment. Source: Grain Central Ridley opens new Wellsford mill near Bendigo

Dismal sorghum harvest draws to a late close

Harvest of Australia’s smallest sorghum crop in 50 years is drawing to a close in central and southern Queensland to mark the end of a late and challenging season from start to finish for many growers. Source: Beef Central Dismal sorghum harvest draws to a late close

Feedgrain Focus: Values firm as crop concerns build

Prices for wheat and barley have firmed in the past week in response to concerns about lack of moisture for some crops as spring approaches. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Values firm as crop concerns build

COVID-19, stocks reporting impact grain industry: AGIC

Will the COVID-19 pandemic and domestic turmoil in the United States disrupt that nation’s agriculture and create new opportunities for Australian grain exporters on the world market? Source: Grain Central COVID-19, stocks reporting impact grain industry: AGIC

Yenda Prods acquires stake in Origin Grain

Riverina-based Yenda Prods Grain (YPG) has announced that it has acquired a minority stake in niche grain marketer, Origin Grain Pty Ltd. Source: Grain Central Yenda Prods acquires stake in Origin Grain

SunRice says season's price 'very high' despite 40 per cent drop

Australia’s largest rice processing company is standing by the price it has offered farmers to grow rice this season, despite an almost 40 per cent drop on last season’s price.  Source: ABC Grain SunRice says season’s price ‘very high’ despite 40 per cent drop

Call for government to back grain industry through COVID uncertainty

The Federal Government needs to get behind Australian farmers and help them through the challenges of the COVID pandemic by addressing trade, market and regulation issues, according to GrainGrowers Ltd. Source: Grain Central Call for government to back grain industry through COVID uncertainty

First sterile leucaena trial seedlings planted in WA’s north

The first seedlings from a research project to develop a sterile leucaena variety were transplanted at secure sites at Carnarvon, Broome and Kununurra recently. Source: Beef Central First sterile leucaena trial seedlings planted in WA’s north

NT bee numbers are dwindling after back-to-back dry wet seasons

The Northern Territory is facing a bee drought and the situation is threatening the livelihood of beekeepers and farmers reliant on bees for crop pollination. Source: ABC Livestock NT bee numbers are dwindling after back-to-back dry wet seasons

Barley driving the bus in feedlot rations

Barley has increasingly become the grain of choice among eastern states feedlot operators this year, as a wide price gap appeared between the two major white grains. Source: Beef Central Barley driving the bus in feedlot rations

The rise and rise of feed grain

Grain destined for domestic animal feed use has risen to over 40pc of Australia’s total annual grain production, reflecting the continued growth of the beef cattle feedlot and chicken meat sectors in Australia and the more recent impact of severe drought years. Source: Beef Central The rise and rise of feed grain

Feed grain focus: Prices ease as focus switches to new-crop

Feedgrain values have softened this week on some current and new-crop selling, but mixed yield prospects for eastern Australia’s wheat and barley crops have tempered losses. Source: Beef Central Feed grain focus: Prices ease as focus switches to new-crop

Slow season, lower prices coming for fodder industry

Forage trader Feed Central, which inspected about 300,000 tonnes of hay in the past year,has predicted a dramatic downturn from the record fodder prices seen over the past two years. Source: Beef Central Slow season, lower prices coming for fodder industry

Feedgrain Focus: Queensland dry lifts prices

Wheat and barley have traded steady to $15 per tonne higher in the past week, with fading hopes for a big early wheat crop in Queensland behind the lift. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Queensland dry lifts prices

SA, WA bulk handlers recruiting for harvest

Bulk handlers in South and Western Australia are looking for casuals to fill more than 2500 positions in the harvest which is expected to kick off in October. Source: Grain Central SA, WA bulk handlers recruiting for harvest

Feedgrain Focus: Dwindling stocks in south lift prices

Values have firmed this week based on South Australia joining Queensland and NSW as a volume buyer of Victorian grain for nearby delivery. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Dwindling stocks in south lift prices