Category: Grains

Agribusiness confidence drifts lower as dry grinds on: NAB

Challenging seasonal conditions and poor crop performance have led to a flattening of agribusiness conditions in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019, according to NAB’s quarterly Agribusiness Survey. Source: Grain Central Agribusiness confidence drifts lower as dry grinds on: NAB

Feedgrain Focus: Wait for wheat lifts prices

Some heat-related harvest bans and Wimmera growers’ willingness to hold sales after cashing hay and canola maintained upside pressure on cash and futures. Yields remain below average from WA to southern Queensland. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Wait for wheat lifts prices

Drought prompts cuts to Namoi Cotton jobs, cashflow

Major Australian ginner and marketer Namoi Cotton has shed 50 jobs and cut its cashflow estimates in a restructure designed to help it weather the current drought. Source: Grain Central Drought prompts cuts to Namoi Cotton jobs, cashflow

Harvest focus shifts south as drought-hit NSW deliveries wind down

Market attention has shifted to the Victorian and South Australian harvest as NSW growers park the header after a drought-shortened harvest, and reconsider the future for canola as a crop for hay or grazing instead of cash. Source: Grain Central Harvest focus shifts south as drought-hit NSW deliveries wind down

High-tech seed processing plant boosts Pacific Seeds’ capacity

Pacific Seeds has today launched a $2.4-million, custom-built processing plant at its main production centre at Toowoomba in southern Queensland. Source: Grain Central High-tech seed processing plant boosts Pacific Seeds’ capacity

Local scientists recognised on World Soils Day

With today officially designated ‘World Soils Day’, two New South Wales soil scientists have been listed in the top 1 per cent of global researchers by the Web of Science group. Source: Grain Central Local scientists recognised on World Soils Day

Winter crop slips below 30Mt: ABARES

Australia’s winter crop production is forecast to fall by 3 per cent in 2019–20 to 29.4 million tonnes (Mt), according to ABARES’ December Crop Report released today. Source: Grain Central Winter crop slips below 30Mt: ABARES

National winter crop slump continues as drought bites

Australia’s national grain crop wilts to its smallest yields in 12 years as dry and hot weather continue to impact production. Source: ABC Grain National winter crop slump continues as drought bites

evokeAG 2020 puts plant-based protein on the menu

PLANT-BASED proteins and the latest in agtech innovation will feature at the evokeAG 2020 conference next February. Source: Sheep Central evokeAG 2020 puts plant-based protein on the menu

Feedgrain Focus: Barley finds the floor as new-crop eases

Wheat prices are showing no signs of easing, but new-crop barley prices have dropped a few dollars per tonne in the past week to levels which are buying domestic slots in eastern Australia and exciting some export interest. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Barley finds the floor as new-crop eases

GM moratorium looks set to prevail in SA for now

South Australia’s moratorium on growing genetically modified (GM) crops looks set to continue because of an impasse in the state’s Upper House. Source: Grain Central GM moratorium looks set to prevail in SA for now

Biosecurity measures allow interstate lupins to move into NSW

BIOSECURITY protocols and processes allowing interstate lupins to move into and through drought-affected New South Wales have been finalised by industry and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Source: Sheep Central Biosecurity measures allow interstate lupins to move into NSW

CQ Inland Port on course to fast-track grain and container freight

The Central Queensland Inland Port is beginning to take shape with the completion of earthworks and a rail siding, and GrainCorp on track to have an $18.5-million grain handling facility ready for next year’s harvest. Source: Grain Central CQ Inland Port on course to fast-track grain and container freight

NSW clears lupins to feed livestock

New biosecurity permits have opened lupin supply lines to feed livestock in drought-affected New South Wales. Source: Grain Central NSW clears lupins to feed livestock

No water, no work: 100 more jobs to go at SunRice

One of Australia’s largest food exporters will lose more jobs in the new year after failing to entice growers to plant rice crops. Source: ABC Grain No water, no work: 100 more jobs to go at SunRice

SunRice to further downscale Riverina milling, cut jobs

SunRice has today announced a further reconfiguration of its Riverina operations, with another 100 job losses anticipated in 2020. Source: Grain Central SunRice to further downscale Riverina milling, cut jobs

Storms not enough to trigger NSW summer sowing

A storm front that brought patchy falls to the parched north west farming regions of NSW yesterday gave farmers a much-needed boost to morale, but wasn’t enough to kick start summer crop planting in earnest. Source: Grain Central Storms not enough to trigger NSW summer sowing

Feedgrain Focus: Warehousing trend, harvest heat lift prices

Wheat and barley bids to growers lift $5-10/t as growers remain reluctant sellers at current levels. Sorghum prices rally further as hopes for widespread early plant evaporate. ASX slides. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Warehousing trend, harvest heat lift prices

New guidelines to authenticate whole grain flour

The Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) is at the centre of efforts to standardise whole grain guidelines for flour mills and offer a method for authenticating whole grain flour. Source: Grain Central New guidelines to authenticate whole grain flour

New investment to push crop yield boundaries

Five centres of excellence and a network of focus farms will be established in high yield potential grain-growing environments across Australia as part of a major new investment in the GRDC’s new five-year Hyper Yielding Crops initiative. Source: Grain Central New investment to push crop yield boundaries

Pastoralists just add water as they attempt to drought-proof WA's north

As farmers around the country debate the best way to prepare for dry times, northern WA’s unique groundwater availability presents a genuine opportunity to grow fodder on-farm. Source: ABC Livestock Pastoralists just add water as they attempt to drought-proof WA’s north

WA winter crop estimate slips to 11.42Mt

Winter crop harvest tonnages in Western Australia have dropped below earlier forecasts with total production now predicted to be around 11.42 million tonnes (Mt), Source: Grain Central WA winter crop estimate slips to 11.42Mt

China extends anti-dumping investigation into Australian barley

China has announced it is extending its anti-dumping investigation into Australian barley exports by six months, meaning a decision is now due in May 2020 instead of this month. Source: Grain Central China extends anti-dumping investigation into Australian barley

ANZ Terminals/GrainCorp deal given all clear

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has decided it will not oppose ANZ Terminals Pty Ltd’s proposed acquisition of GrainCorp Bulk Liquid Terminals (GLT). Source: Grain Central ANZ Terminals/GrainCorp deal given all clear

Feedgrain Focus: Prices rally on wait for Victorian volume

Short covering for wheat and sorghum has lifted values for both grains, and supported barley prices, as the wait for Victorian grain in volume continues and GrainCorp issues its first 2019/20 harvest report. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices rally on wait for Victorian volume

Drought behind FY19 loss of $82M: GrainCorp

GrainCorp Limited has announced an underlying net loss after tax of $82 million for the year to 30 September, within its forecast range, and no surprise given drought-reduced intake and tough terms of trade. Source: Grain Central Drought behind FY19 loss of M: GrainCorp

Auscott, Cargill, Namoi split joint venture, case closed

More than four decades of oilseed and processing collaboration by three cottonseed majors has ended, the seed and oils landscape undergoing change as Auscott, Cargill, Namoi dissolve the joint venture partnership and go their separate ways. Source: Grain Central Auscott, Cargill, Namoi split joint venture, case closed

Feedgrain Focus: Southern rain lifts prompt prices

Rain has stemmed the supply of new-crop wheat to the market, and rebooted the inverse as consumers in Victoria and southern NSW look to cover nearby positions. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Southern rain lifts prompt prices

Cagey product labelling exploits consumer GMO fears

There has been a proliferation of product labels seeking to cash in on consumer concerns over GMOs, even on products that would never even be considered for genetic modification, Source: Grain Central Cagey product labelling exploits consumer GMO fears

Feedgrain Focus: Weaker barley price buys demand

Supply-side pressure is weighing on barley and buying it some demand from wheat as tonnage starts to roll into bulk-handling sites across southern Australia. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Weaker barley price buys demand

Weekend rain not enough to kickstart sorghum planting

Rain which fell in NSW and Qld on the weekend has done little to advance planting prospects for the sorghum crop, but has been a godsend for some western grazing and mixed-farming areas. Source: Grain Central Weekend rain not enough to kickstart sorghum planting

CBH/Arc Infrastructure reach agreement on WA rail access

WA grain handler marketer, CBH Group, and WA rail network operator, Arc Infrastructure, have reached an agreement that provides long-term access to the rail network. Source: Grain Central CBH/Arc Infrastructure reach agreement on WA rail access

Nitrate risk in failed crops

Up to 25 per cent of failed crops tested in NSW in the past week had nitrate levels which posed a health risk to stock consuming the crops through grazing or fodder. Source: Grain Central Nitrate risk in failed crops

Upskilling graduate agronomists to handle the tough issues

A new project developed especially for graduate agronomists in Queensland and NSW will offer newcomers to the grains sector an opportunity to boost their professional skills. Source: Grain Central Upskilling graduate agronomists to handle the tough issues

NSW DPI warns of toxic failed crop hay risk for livestock

HAY from failed crops with high nitrate levels could be kill livestock this year, recent testing data from the NSW Department of Primary Industries has shown. Source: Sheep Central NSW DPI warns of toxic failed crop hay risk for livestock

Central Queensland winter crop defies eastern drought

Winter crop harvest is all but completed in Central Queensland where yields have been above average and grain quality levels have been “reasonable”, despite the eastern Australia drought. Source: Grain Central Central Queensland winter crop defies eastern drought

Empire building: ABC News feature on Willeroo Station in 1972

An ABC current affairs piece from 1972 documenting the Northern Agricultural Development Corporation (NADC) and its massive plans for cropping in the NT. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Empire building: ABC News feature on Willeroo Station in 1972

Clovers will be the focus of 10-year UWA joint venture

CLOVERS will be a key focus of a new 10-year joint venture between The University of Western Australia and PGG Wrightson Seeds. Source: Sheep Central Clovers will be the focus of 10-year UWA joint venture

Cropping land price growth double pastoral grazing increase rate

PRICES for Australian cropping land have been increasing at more than double the rate of pastoral grazing country values, Rabobank analysis has shown. Source: Sheep Central Cropping land price growth double pastoral grazing increase rate

'Deep red colour': The story behind Australia's first red corn whiskey

Praised for its “sweat characters and nuttiness”, a Perth-based distillery and second-generation farmer from Western Australia’s far-north have teamed up to create Australia’s first red corn whiskey. Source: ABC Grain ‘Deep red colour’: The story behind Australia’s first red corn whiskey

WA winter crop holds up under tough finish

Despite one of the hardest finishes in a long time, the WA winter crop is yielding better than expected and is on track to produce 11.9 million tonnes. Source: Grain Central WA winter crop holds up under tough finish

Low ginning volume feeds into Namoi’s $4M 1H20 loss

Australian ginner Namoi Cotton Limited has lost $4 million in 1H20, with drought slashing its number of bales ginned from the previous year, and a further reduction expected next year. Source: Grain Central Low ginning volume feeds into Namoi’s M 1H20 loss

New joint venture to improve annual legume breeding

A 10-year joint venture between The University of Western Australia and PGG Wrightson Seeds has been launched to provide producers with new varieties of annual forage legumes. Source: Grain Central New joint venture to improve annual legume breeding

Feedgrain Focus: Prices ease as southern crops consolidate

Wheat and barley prices have eased in the past week as confidence about the quality and quantity of crops in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia builds. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices ease as southern crops consolidate

Karnal bunt, khapra beetle in 10 least-wanted list: PHA

Plant Health Australia has listed Karnal bunt and the khapra beetle in its top 10 national-priority plant pests which pose significant risks to the Australian grain industry. Source: Grain Central Karnal bunt, khapra beetle in 10 least-wanted list: PHA

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 23 October 2019

A series of cold fronts brought moderate falls to parts of southeast Australia, while a surface trough produced showers and thunderstorms in central to southeast Queensland and northeastern New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 23 October 2019

New northern seed facility for Barenbrug

Barenbrug (formerly Heritage Seeds) opens of a new $15-million facility in Toowoomba to provide northern growers with their seed requirements. Source: Grain Central New northern seed facility for Barenbrug

Feedgrain focus: Barley price fall signals shift in buying tempo

Rapid onset of early barley harvest explains why the barley price fell 8pc while wheat prices delivered feedlot didn’t. But feedlots entering a third year of hard grind might welcome the chance briefly to shut the order book. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain focus: Barley price fall signals shift in buying tempo

Tough times take toll on Australian winter crop: Rabobank

Australia is facing the prospect of a winter crop of just 27.7 million tonnes – the smallest since 2007/08 – as ongoing severe drought conditions continue to take their toll. Source: Grain Central Tough times take toll on Australian winter crop: Rabobank

Bioenergy to link cotton and beer at Whitton Malt House

Southern Cotton and Voyager Craft Malt are building a new facility at Whitton in the NSW Riverina which will quadruple Voyager’s capacity, and use gin trash to fire its kiln. Source: Grain Central Bioenergy to link cotton and beer at Whitton Malt House

Made-in-Horsham pulse isolates in demand as start-up nears: APC2019

Australia’s biggest faba bean processor is months away from starting up at Horsham, which this week hosted the Australian Pulse Conference, and its isolates are already in hot demand across the globe. Source: Grain Central Made-in-Horsham pulse isolates in demand as start-up nears: APC2019

Views sought on Murray-Darling Basin water markets

The ACCC is calling on irrigators and other water market participants to share their views on the operation of water markets in the Murray-Darling Basin. Source: Grain Central Views sought on Murray-Darling Basin water markets

Recruitment: How to build a more positive workplace culture

There are many benefits in creating a positive workplace culture, including attracting and retaining employees, strengthening your business ‘brand’ and delivering better productivity across the enterprise. Here are some key methods to help achieve it. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: How to build a more positive workplace culture

Seasonal climate outlook October-December 2019

RAINFALL is likely to be below average for most of the country for the remainder of October and November. However, north-west Western Australia has roughly equal chances of being wetter or drier across most outlook periods, with a slightly increased chance of being wetter than average in December. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook… Read more »

Heritage Seeds to change name to Barenbrug

One of Australia’s largest seed companies is changing names, with Heritage Seeds to be known as Barenbrug from October 28, 2019. Source: Grain Central Heritage Seeds to change name to Barenbrug

Webster to delist if Canada’s PSP buy-out proceeds

Canada’s PSP Investments has entered into an agreement with NSW irrigator and cotton and nut producer, Webster Limited, to extend its ownership of ordinary shares from 19.1 per cent at present to 100pc. Source: Grain Central Webster to delist if Canada’s PSP buy-out proceeds

Plant burger launches Australia’s v2food with export in sights

v2food’s plant-based meat has launched in Australia this week as the centrepiece of Hungry Jack’s new Rebel Whopper burgers, and if its rapid take-off is anything to go by, it could soon be landing in Australia’s Asian beef markets. Source: Grain Central Plant burger launches Australia’s v2food with export in sights

First new crop grain delivered to Viterra network

Hot weather has brought on the South Australian harvest which is now underway in the upper Yorke Peninsula with the first load delivered yesterday into Port Pirie. Source: Grain Central First new crop grain delivered to Viterra network

Tariff agreement boosts US wheat access to Japan

US wheat imported into Japan will receive the same preferential advantage that is now given to Canadian and Australian wheat following the signing of a tariff agreement between the US and Japan. Source: Grain Central Tariff agreement boosts US wheat access to Japan

Feedgrain Focus: Prices up in thin market

Feedgrain prices were up this week as consumer and supplier haggle over the cheapest new-crop prices for earliest possible delivery. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices up in thin market

Biochar sheep, beef and crop options to feature in farm tour

BIOCHAR’S benefits in sheep, cattle and cropping systems will be the focus of a three-day study tour across south-east South Australia and south-west Victoria this month, as part of the 2019 Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference. Source: Sheep Central Biochar sheep, beef and crop options to feature in farm tour

Organic straws add value to rye as plastic ban nears

A University of Adelaide-supported startup has developed drinking straws made from organic rye which are set for commercial release next year. Source: Grain Central Organic straws add value to rye as plastic ban nears

Pacific Seeds completes $2.4 million custom seed processing line

Pacific Seeds has completed the installation of a state-of-the-art $2.4 million seed processing plant at the company’s site at Toowoomba in southern Queensland. Source: Grain Central Pacific Seeds completes .4 million custom seed processing line

SunRice sheds more jobs after second lowest crop on record

One of Australia’s largest food exporters, SunRice, cuts more than 30 regional staff after producing its second-lowest rice crop. Source: ABC Grain SunRice sheds more jobs after second lowest crop on record

New perennial legume destined for poor soils

A NEW perennial legume with the potential to revolutionise grazing in sandy infertile pastoral areas will be available to Australian and South African farmers next year. Source: Sheep Central New perennial legume destined for poor soils

Feedgrain Focus: Values retreat from highs in heated north

Prompt northern feedgrain values have retreated a little as the market transitions to imminent, paltry NSW new-crop supply, while in southern markets timely rain in some areas trimmed prices a few dollars. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Values retreat from highs in heated north

CBH Group delivers $16 million operations rebate

Western Australia’s CBH Group is giving its growers a rebate of $1 per tonne on its 2018-19 deliveries, but is forecasting a zero rebate for 2019-20. Source: Grain Central CBH Group delivers million operations rebate

Cotton makes a comeback in Australia’s north

Advances in genetically-modified plant technology and a better understanding of how to grow the crop in a tropical environment have reignited efforts to develop a cotton industry in northern Australia. Source: Grain Central Cotton makes a comeback in Australia’s north

Hungry livestock, failed crops drive sell-out demand for hay balers

Farmers and contractors rush to spend up to $350,000 for hay-baling equipment to make the most of grain crops and strong demand for fodder as the drought rolls on. Source: ABC Livestock Hungry livestock, failed crops drive sell-out demand for hay balers

Retaining staff in tough times: a grower’s perspective

NSW grain and cotton grower Gus O’Brien has a straightforward philosophy when it comes to successful staff retention: ‘pay well, provide reasonable accommodation and give them some rein’. Source: Grain Central Retaining staff in tough times: a grower’s perspective

Declining winter crop forecasts reflect drop in commodities index: NAB

Ongoing challenging conditions mean eastern Australia will likely face another season of grain imports from WA and overseas, with new season crop prices reflective of this reality, according to the latest NAB outlook. Source: Grain Central Declining winter crop forecasts reflect drop in commodities index: NAB

Feedgrain Focus: Prompt northern market lifts on short covering

With vanishing prospects of northern crops finishing for grain, the surge in hay and silage cutting has lit a fire under spot markets for southern Queensland delivered wheat and barley. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prompt northern market lifts on short covering

Recruitment: Four behaviours that define effective leadership

GLOBAL management advisory company, McKinsey & Co set out to discover what the top behaviours are that successful leaders consistently demonstrate. The survey found that just four kinds of behaviour accounted for 89 percent of leadership effectiveness. What are they? Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Four behaviours that define effective leadership

Processors facing water supply issues as drought deepens

SEVERAL regional meat processing operations could soon be facing water supply challenges if there is no reprieve to the severe drought conditions gripping eastern and northern Australia. Source: Sheep Central Processors facing water supply issues as drought deepens

Nuffield Scholarships for 2020 announced

Twenty-two of Australia’s leading primary producers focused on a more innovative, resilient and sustainable agricultural sector have been awarded Nuffield Farming Scholarships for 2020. Source: Grain Central Nuffield Scholarships for 2020 announced

WA harvest estimates drop below average

Continuing warm dry conditions in the northern half of WA’s cropping zone and recent frost events in the southern half make it unlikely WA winter crop production will exceed 12.5 million tonnes this year. Source: Grain Central WA harvest estimates drop below average

Drought, feedgrain demand factor into mixed commodity outlook: ABARES

The world wheat price is forecast to average 6 per cent lower in 2019–20 at US$218 per tonne while world wheat production is forecast to reach a record 766 million tonnes, according to ABARES Agricultural Commodities report released today. Source: Grain Central Drought, feedgrain demand factor into mixed commodity outlook: ABARES

Recruitment: What type of employee are you?

Poor performance at work can impact your career progression and may lead to unhappiness in the workplace and lower remuneration. What are employers looking for in an employee? Source: Grain Central Recruitment: What type of employee are you?

Two weeks of extreme weather could wipe $750m off WA grain harvest

Brutal heat and bitter cold have cost farmers in WA more than 1.5m tonnes in crops over the course of a fortnight, according to a grain industry report. Source: ABC Grain Two weeks of extreme weather could wipe 0m off WA grain harvest

Crippling drought stretches into even the greenest parts of Australia

Farmers along Australia’s normally green east coast are reeling from the worst drought they have ever seen and face a tough summer if it doesn’t rain in the next few months. Source: ABC Livestock Crippling drought stretches into even the greenest parts of Australia

Farm invasion bill passes Federal Parliament

New laws that will strengthen farmer protections against escalating animal rights activism and harassment have passed the Federal Parliament, introducing tougher penalties for convictions. Source: Sheep Central Farm invasion bill passes Federal Parliament

Feedgrain Focus: Shrinking supply lifts southern prices

Traders say it’s becoming a drought market again as frost, wind and heat are taking their toll on yield prospects and turning failed crops to fodder. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Shrinking supply lifts southern prices

Elders given all clear to acquire AIRR rural wholesaler

The ACCC will not oppose the proposed acquisition of rural wholesale buying group Australian Independent Rural Retailers (AIRR) by Elders. Source: Beef Central Elders given all clear to acquire AIRR rural wholesaler

Drought support kicks in as NSW dry tightens grip

A special, drought support bus is touring the hard-hit regions of NSW, bringing front-line drought assistance and information to farming communities. Source: Grain Central Drought support kicks in as NSW dry tightens grip

Ag prognosis improves slightly, volatility remains: NAB

Agribusiness conditions across the country improved slightly in August 2019, on the back of a solid, late break in southern Australia, according to the NAB’s third Agribusiness Banker Survey. Source: Grain Central Ag prognosis improves slightly, volatility remains: NAB