Category: Grains

AGT confirmed as licensee for Australian durum breeding

AGT has been confirmed as the successful bidder on germplasm previously held by Durum Breeders Australia, and will use to help develop new varieties for Australian durum-growing areas. Source: Grain Central AGT confirmed as licensee for Australian durum breeding

New partnership to deliver harvest safety gains

A new industry partnership between Grain Producers Australia and GrainCorp has been launched today to help boost safety standards across east coast bulk grain receival sites. Source: Grain Central New partnership to deliver harvest safety gains

AAAX joins WA bulk exporters

AAAX and ARIA Commodities will be shipping bulk grain out of WA for the first time in February now that the joint venture has secured access to three of CBH Group’s four terminals. Source: Grain Central AAAX joins WA bulk exporters

Frost, dry spring reduce WA winter crop estimates, but record still in sight

Severe frosts in WA’s central grainbelt and a dry spring have shaved around 700,000 tonnes off the state’s forecast winter crop in the past month, but it’s still on track for a record. Source: Grain Central Frost, dry spring reduce WA winter crop estimates, but record still in sight

Feedgrain Focus: Selling pressure weighs on south

A slowdown in export and domestic buying for wheat and barley in the coming quarter has allowed prices for both to ease in the past week to reflect a softening in global values. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Selling pressure weighs on south

How Australian farmers have gone from doom to bloom

Just when you thought things were getting worse for Australian agriculture, the industry is now predicting a record year of production. How has this happened?  Source: ABC Grain How Australian farmers have gone from doom to bloom

Federal Govt approves $32M loan for Kimberley gin

The Federal Government has approved a loan of up to $32 million to construct Stage 1 of a cotton gin at Kununurra in Western Australia’s Ord region. Source: Grain Central Federal Govt approves M loan for Kimberley gin

Australian farmland logs 15pc total return for year to June

The total return of Australian farmland for the year ending June 30 was just over 15pc, with income contributing 5.33pc and capital appreciation return 9.36pc, according to the latest quarterly Australian Farmland Index report. Source: Beef Central Australian farmland logs 15pc total return for year to June

Data exchange for Australian agrifood planned

A consortium of leading agrifood stakeholders has announced the establishment of the Australian AgriFood Data Exchange to enable fluid collaboration up and down the supply chain. Source: Grain Central Data exchange for Australian agrifood planned

Farmer confidence soars, buoyed by season, prices: Rabobank

A second consecutive year of good seasonal conditions and high commodity prices has seen farmer sentiment surge in recent months, according to the latest quarterly Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey. Source: Grain Central Farmer confidence soars, buoyed by season, prices: Rabobank

Crop production drives Australian ag to record-busting, $73 billion year: ABARES

The agricultural sector is looking at another record-breaking year, with the gross value of production (GVP) forecast to reach $73 billion in 2021-22, according to ABARES’ latest estimates. Source: Grain Central Crop production drives Australian ag to record-busting, billion year: ABARES

Feedgrain Focus: Prices drop on selling pressure, offshore lead

Prices for wheat and barley have taken a tumble in the past week to reflect a surge in grower and trade selling and a downtrend in Northern Hemisphere cereal values. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices drop on selling pressure, offshore lead

New ute guide to identify pasture dieback  

A new guide will assist landholders identify pasture dieback and some common pasture disorders and diseases and help raise awareness of the condition that kills sown and native summer growing pastures. Source: Beef Central New ute guide to identify pasture dieback  

WA waits to determine impact of weekend frost on winter crop

A savage frost that hit the WA grainbelt last weekend has prompted GIWA to delay its monthly crop report until the extent of the damage has been determined. Source: Grain Central WA waits to determine impact of weekend frost on winter crop

What is 'peak acreage' and has Australia hit it?

A new report says Australia may have reached a peak in terms of land used for broadacre cropping, but it also predicts production will continue to rise. Source: ABC Grain What is ‘peak acreage’ and has Australia hit it?

Large cotton plans for the Barkly Tablelands under review by EPA

Plans to grow thousands of hectares of cotton on the Barkly Tablelands in the Northern Territory have been referred to the Environment Protection Authority. Source: ABC Livestock Large cotton plans for the Barkly Tablelands under review by EPA

CBH Fertiliser to build new store at Kwinana

CBH Fertiliser will build a new liquid and granular fertiliser storage facility near Kwinana Grain Terminal in Western Australia that will significantly expand the CBH Fertiliser business. Source: Grain Central CBH Fertiliser to build new store at Kwinana

Labour shortage hangs over bumper winter crop harvest

Grain growers are becoming increasingly desperate to secure labour for the fast-approaching winter crop harvest as COVID restrictions and border closures cut off the usual supply of interstate and overseas workers. Source: Grain Central Labour shortage hangs over bumper winter crop harvest

Qube to acquire Newcastle Agri Terminal

AUSTRALIAN logistics major Qube Holdings Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire Newcastle Agri Terminal (NAT) from the existing shareholders CBH, Viterra Australia, Mitsubishi’s Riverina, and CTC Terminals. In… Source: Grain Central Qube to acquire Newcastle Agri Terminal

Farmers claim damages after using the herbicide Overwatch

Debate over a new farm chemical appears headed for the law courts, with a Sydney law firm this week asking grain growers to join a class action against the herbicide’s manufacturer. Source: ABC Grain Farmers claim damages after using the herbicide Overwatch

ABARES forecasts record winter crop production

Improved yield outlooks for Australian wheat, barley and canola have lifted national production prospects by up to 20pc from June figures, according to the latest ABARES data. Source: Beef Central ABARES forecasts record winter crop production

ABARES forecasts 32.6Mt wheat, 12.5Mt barley, 5Mt canola

Improved yield outlooks for Australian wheat, barley and canola have lifted national production prospects by up to 20pc from June figures, according to the latest ABARES data. Source: Grain Central ABARES forecasts 32.6Mt wheat, 12.5Mt barley, 5Mt canola

Record canola underpins potential 54.8Mt winter crop: ABARES

Australian winter crops are set for another bumper year with favourable conditions and a record amount of land sown to winter crops, according to ABARES’ Australian Crop Report released today. Source: Grain Central Record canola underpins potential 54.8Mt winter crop: ABARES

Feedgrain Focus: Export push lifts northern wheat

Concerns about a wet early harvest in eastern Australia have exporters unusually active on the last of this season’s wheat and barley, as domestic consumers keep buying to a minimum now that new crop is within sight in the north. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Export push lifts northern wheat

New research hub to develop next-gen smart fertilisers

A new multidisciplinary Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub for Smart Fertilisers at the University of Melbourne will develop a new class of fertilisers and inhibitors for Australian farmers. Source: Grain Central New research hub to develop next-gen smart fertilisers

‘Critical mass’ of farmers sought for Overwatch class action

Growers who have barley crops which were adversely affected by the Overwatch are being invited to register their interest in a class action against the herbicide’s manufacturer. Source: Grain Central ‘Critical mass’ of farmers sought for Overwatch class action

Surge in mice numbers points to spring outbreak

Mice numbers are on the rise again throughout Australia’s cropping zones, threatening to reach damaging numbers through spring as winter crops move into grain set and farmers begin the summer crop plant. Source: Grain Central Surge in mice numbers points to spring outbreak

COVID border restrictions challenge harvest movements

With COVID-19 restrictions limiting travel and movement across state borders, farmer representative organisations are urging grain growing businesses, harvest contractors and farm workers to be well-prepared. Source: Grain Central COVID border restrictions challenge harvest movements

NT cotton gin build starts, WA gets MOU

Construction of the NT’s first gin has started, and Namoi Cotton has signed an MOU with the Kimberley Cotton Company, while plans for a fifth gin in southern NSW appear to be on hold. Source: Grain Central NT cotton gin build starts, WA gets MOU

Cotton prices, water availability drive grower optimism

Buoyant cotton prices and high water levels in most of the valleys’ storage dams have set growers up for a promising season as sowing of this year’s crop gathers pace in the northern growing regions. Source: Grain Central Cotton prices, water availability drive grower optimism

Feedgrain Focus: Northern barley prices ease, firm in south

Patchy recent rain in eastern Australia underpins production prospects in the north, where nearby protein wheat trades keenly to offshore buyers but southern growers remain wary of low soil moisture. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Northern barley prices ease, firm in south

Operation Grain Harvest Assist calls for worker reinforcements

A nationwide operation has been launched today, aiming to bolster the supply of local workers to help deliver this year’s bumper grains harvest and relieve pressure on farming communities. Source: Grain Central Operation Grain Harvest Assist calls for worker reinforcements

Mataroi set for release as Italy’s durum interest prevails

A new variety of durum bred at Tamworth will be available to growers next year amid an Australian market which reflects the global shortfall created by Canada’s troubled year and buoyant Italian demand. Source: Grain Central Mataroi set for release as Italy’s durum interest prevails

Mice damaging bumper Wheatbelt crops

For the first time in his farming career, Michael O’Callaghan will use mouse baits to try to protect his canola crop from the hordes of mice invading WA’s grain belt.  Source: ABC Grain Mice damaging bumper Wheatbelt crops

Run on crop-dusting services puts bumper season in jeopardy

Australia’s biggest grain-growing region is on track for a bumper year, but extreme wet conditions are causing some headaches for farmers.  Source: ABC Grain Run on crop-dusting services puts bumper season in jeopardy

Crop seeding started six months ago and these farmers are still going

To seed a crop in August is extremely rare in Western Australia, but farmers on the state’s south coast are doing it anyway to try and salvage an exceptionally wet season. Source: ABC Grain Crop seeding started six months ago and these farmers are still going

Australia's biggest grains state on track for record harvest

WA grain growers expect to emerge from extremely damp conditions in some areas to deliver a record season, but risks and challenges remain.  Source: ABC Grain Australia’s biggest grains state on track for record harvest

Feedgrain Focus: Coverage switches to new crop

Offshore markets driving local grain values to new season highs have prompted growers to advance their new-crop selling now that target prices are being hit. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Coverage switches to new crop

Water savings a winner for rice grower of the year

A company best known for its wine production now lays claim to being the best rice grower in the country. Source: ABC Grain Water savings a winner for rice grower of the year

AOF develops Grain Sustainability Certification Scheme

The Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF) has developed a Grain Sustainability Certification Scheme to help grain growers expand access to international markets. Source: Grain Central AOF develops Grain Sustainability Certification Scheme

WA winter crop firming up for record 20 million tonnes

Potential total grain production for Western Australia is firm at around 20 million tonnes heading into spring, according to the latest crop report from GIWA. Source: Grain Central WA winter crop firming up for record 20 million tonnes

Innovative WA growers tap into wheat-free oats market

A trio of innovative farmers in Western Australia has created a production niche growing wheat-free oats for the burgeoning health food market. Source: Grain Central Innovative WA growers tap into wheat-free oats market

GrainCorp lifts FY21 earnings guidance to $310-$330M

GrainCorp has lifted its guidance for 2020-21 by 18.5pc to reflect a record intake of 16Mt, strong exports and healthy margins. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp lifts FY21 earnings guidance to 0-0M

Diverse QLD backgrounding properties close to ‘feedlot central’ to test the market

Five distinctive Darling Downs mixed farming and livestock properties have come to market, offering purchasers an excellent opportunity to secure productive grazing and cropping country with added benefit of passive income. Source: Beef Central Diverse QLD backgrounding properties close to ‘feedlot central’ to test the market

AGIC 2021: v2food brings value-adding insights

v2food founder Nick Hazell will be sharing his insights into how the business has grown its markets through his address to the Australian Grains Industry Conference (AGIC) to be held as a virtual-only event on September 6-7. Source: Grain Central AGIC 2021: v2food brings value-adding insights

Are there any ‘catches’ for Australian cotton?

Excellent seasonal conditions and strong prices are fuelling a positive outlook for Australia’s cotton sector, with expectations next year’s crop could be one of the largest on record, according to Rabobank. Source: Grain Central Are there any ‘catches’ for Australian cotton?

As the planet warms, these farmers are adapting to an uncertain future

If the climate becomes drier, farmers in some parts of SA’s Eyre Peninsula could find it harder to make a living. But they’re already adapting to an uncertain future of climate change and dwindling townships. Source: ABC Grain As the planet warms, these farmers are adapting to an uncertain future

Feedgrain Focus: Offshore strength lifts wheat values

Wheat values have risen by $5/t or more in the past week on the back of stronger global values, but the domestic market has traded sideways based on more subdued export and local demand. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Offshore strength lifts wheat values

Recruitment: Grain Central is hiring

The publishers of Grain Central are in the early stages of identifying candidates for a senior sales and marketing role within the business, extending across the Beef Central, Sheep Central and Grain Central websites. Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Grain Central is hiring

Aurizon clinches minimum six-year CBH rail contract

CBH Group has awarded its grain-haulage contract to Aurizon and cut short its 10-year agreement with Watco which was due to end in April ahead of what is expected to be another bumper WA harvest. Source: Grain Central Aurizon clinches minimum six-year CBH rail contract

T-Ports adds bunker site at Kimba, extra storage at Lock

T-Ports is building a grain-receival site at Kimba, its third on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, and augmenting storage at its Lock site in time for the upcoming harvest. Source: Grain Central T-Ports adds bunker site at Kimba, extra storage at Lock

Grain handlers put call out for harvest workers

Australia’s grain handlers have put the word out for harvest workers to sign up early in preparation for what is potentially going to be a bumper 2021/22 harvest. Source: Grain Central Grain handlers put call out for harvest workers

Welcome to the little NSW farming town that grows dreams

Powered by volunteers — and a bumper sorghum crop on the edge of the airstrip — Farming for Kids nurtures young dreams through scholarships and donations. Source: ABC Grain Welcome to the little NSW farming town that grows dreams

ACCC appeal lifts hopes for Newcastle container port

A Federal Court ruling which affects the economics of a proposed container terminal in Newcastle has been appealed by the ACCC. Source: Grain Central ACCC appeal lifts hopes for Newcastle container port

Indian lentil tariff cut welcomed by Australian grain growers

Tariffs put in place to protect domestic Indian farmer production of lentils, leading to hoarding, were cut overnight from 30 per cent to 10 per cent to get more of the staple into the country. Source: ABC Grain Indian lentil tariff cut welcomed by Australian grain growers

India to drop lentil tariff to 10pc

India is reducing its tariff on Australian and Canadian lentils to 10pc from 30pc for an unspecified period, which will give Australian exporters a chance to run down current-crop stocks ahead of another big crop. Source: Grain Central India to drop lentil tariff to 10pc

New centre to train experts in crop resilience

A new research centre will be established in Adelaide to train the next generation of scientists to develop more resilient crops. Source: Grain Central New centre to train experts in crop resilience

Feedgrain Focus: American dry, lower dollar lift bids

A weakening Australian dollar and more hot and dry weather for North America’s northern wheat regions have lifted export bids for nearby and new-crop grain this week. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: American dry, lower dollar lift bids

SA winter crop turns the corner on late rains

The winter cropping season seems to be coming good in South Australia with recent rains, and the forecast of more to come, lifting crop prospects after a tough start in many regions. Source: Grain Central SA winter crop turns the corner on late rains

Viterra’s Port Lincoln, Thevenard denied code exemption

Viterra has failed in its bid to gain exemptions about disclosing information as required under the ACCC’s Bulk Wheat Code for its Port Lincoln and Thevenard terminals. Source: Grain Central Viterra’s Port Lincoln, Thevenard denied code exemption

New measures for khapra beetle treatment

Sea containers packed in a khapra beetle target risk country and unpacked in a rural grain-growing area will be required to undergo treatment offshore. Source: Grain Central New measures for khapra beetle treatment

Persistent wet winter conditions drive feedlot performance lower

Commercial feedlots across eastern Australia are reporting particularly poor cattle feeding performance this winter, as persistent wet and cold conditions weigh heavily on average daily gains and rates of ration consumption. Source: Beef Central Persistent wet winter conditions drive feedlot performance lower

Unigrain to build pulse fractionation plant at Smeaton

Unigrain has unveiled plans to build a pulse-fractionation plant at its Smeaton site which is already a volume user of faba beans and field peas. Source: Grain Central Unigrain to build pulse fractionation plant at Smeaton

Hybrid AGIC offers industry insights, chance to reconnect

The 2021 Australian Grains Industry Conference comes to Melbourne early in September and is set to welcome virtual and in-person delegates under its theme: Reconnect, Reignite and Revitalise. Source: Grain Central Hybrid AGIC offers industry insights, chance to reconnect

Feedgrain Focus: Buying interest latches on to central NSW

Markets have softened in the past week with traders more active on selling than growers who are busy spreading urea and booking new-crop canola. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Buying interest latches on to central NSW

Pickers round out 2.8-million-bale cotton season

Australia’s cotton harvest is wrapping up with the last of the picking in southern NSW likely to bring total production for the season to 2.8 million bales. Source: Grain Central Pickers round out 2.8-million-bale cotton season

Yeast discovery set to boost 2G biofuel production from crop residues

Australian biotech company, MicroBioGen, has successfully produced ethanol and high-value feedstock from non-food plant waste, such as crop residues and sugarcane pulp. Source: Grain Central Yeast discovery set to boost 2G biofuel production from crop residues

Planned growers’ mutual to counter counterparty risk

Salus Mutual Management is proposing a new financial product where growers prepared to pay around $1.50/t per annum on grain contracts can protect themselves against insolvency risk. Source: Grain Central Planned growers’ mutual to counter counterparty risk

Is St George emerging as a new Australian grainfeeding ‘hub’?

Lessons learned in feeding grain-based supplements and rations to stock during the 2019-20 drought have encouraged some western Queensland livestock producers to embrace more structured grainfeeding operations this year. A good example is four recent large greenfield commercial feedlot development applications currently under consideration by the Balonne Shire Council – two for beef, and two… Read more »

Is St George emerging as a new Australian grainfeeding ‘hub’?

Lessons learned in feeding grain-based supplements and rations to cattle and sheep during the 2019-20 drought have encouraged some western Queensland livestock producers to embrace more structured grainfeeding operations this year. A good example is four recent large greenfield commercial feedlot development applications currently under consideration by the Balonne Shire Council – two for beef,… Read more »

WA on track for another record winter crop

Another rain front crossing the Western Australian grainbelt is consolidating the excellent start to the grain growing season in WA, setting the scene for another potentially record crop. Source: Grain Central WA on track for another record winter crop

Scientists on a mission to feed astronauts bound for Mars

Designing food for space was once the stuff of science fiction movies but scientists in South Australia are now doing just that. Source: ABC Grain Scientists on a mission to feed astronauts bound for Mars

Feedgrain Focus: Grower selling ups as season consolidates

New-crop wheat and barley prices have softened in the past week and grower selling has increased as its yield prospects consolidate. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Grower selling ups as season consolidates

Feedgrain Focus: Muddy north firm, south soft

Feedgrain markets have traded steady to softer in the past week, with rain in northern NSW tightening logistics and helping to support values. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Muddy north firm, south soft

NSW croppers grapple with paddocks that are now too wet

Wet paddocks and waterlogging across parts of the NSW farming zone are impacting crop development and preventing farmers accessing their paddocks for vital spraying and late sowing operations. Source: Grain Central NSW croppers grapple with paddocks that are now too wet

Setback for Newcastle as ACCC case against NSW Ports dismissed

Plans for a waterside container terminal at the Port of Newcastle have suffered a serious setback with today’s announcement that the Federal Court has dismissed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s case against NSW Ports. Source: Grain Central Setback for Newcastle as ACCC case against NSW Ports dismissed

Botany rail choke exacerbates Sydney container crisis

A THREE-WEEK throttling of rail paths into Patrick Australia’s Port Botany container terminal is slapping unforeseen charges of up to $20 per tonne on grain and pulse exports going out of Sydney. Source: Sheep Central Botany rail choke exacerbates Sydney container crisis

Botany rail choke exacerbates Sydney container crisis

Limited rail access to Patrick Australia’s Sydney container terminal is thwarting the ability of agricultural exports to get to market via Port Botany. Source: Beef Central Botany rail choke exacerbates Sydney container crisis

SunRice FY21 profit of $18.3M, dn 19pc on yr

Australian rice marketer SunRice has posted a net profit after tax of $18.3M in its year to April 30, and is confident of an improved result in FY22 thanks largely to a much bigger Australian crop. Source: Grain Central SunRice FY21 profit of .3M, dn 19pc on yr

Feedgrain Focus: Values soften on rain, offshore moves

Nearby northern barley bucked the softening trend this week in values as widespread rain and weakening offshore markets allowed the feedgrain market to fall. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Values soften on rain, offshore moves

CNH acquires precision ag company

The parent company of Case IH and New Holland Agriculture, CNH Industrial, has acquired Raven Industries, a US-based leader in precision agriculture technology. Source: Grain Central CNH acquires precision ag company

West Australian farmers count cost after persistent rains

Significant rainfall that flooded farmland on the south coast of Western Australia overnight on Sunday (June 20), has since seen livestock die and affected already severely waterlogged crops. Source: ABC Livestock West Australian farmers count cost after persistent rains

Ag visa fails to deliver on grains industry needs: GPA

Grain Producers Australia (GPA) is urging the Federal Government to address chronic labour shortages which carry the potential to cause market failure in the WA grains industry. Source: Grain Central Ag visa fails to deliver on grains industry needs: GPA