Category: Grains

Australia’s winter crop planting set to soar more than 25pc: Rabobank

Australia’s winter crop planting is set to climb by over 25pc this year on the back of widespread and well-timed rainfall across most of the country, according to Rabobank. Source: Grain Central Australia’s winter crop planting set to soar more than 25pc: Rabobank

Summit Fertilizers, DataFarming ink deal for WA

DataFarming NDVI images are now available through Summit Fertilizer’s platform to allow its WA clients to better monitor their soils, crops and pastures. Source: Grain Central Summit Fertilizers, DataFarming ink deal for WA

Parthenium under control at 15 sites in NSW

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has praised the actions of landholders and council weeds officers in detecting parthenium weed with the latest finds in Tamworth, Bendemeer, Blandford, Boggabri, the Kamilaroi Highway and Gunningbland near Parkes. Source: Beef Central Parthenium under control at 15 sites in NSW

Why flour is still missing from supermarket shelves

Why are there flour shortages from Europe to the United States and Australia? The answer is both simple and complex. Source: Grain Central Why flour is still missing from supermarket shelves

Regulation, restrictions threaten development of ag chemicals

Agricultural chemical production is facing increasing public scrutiny and heightened regulation that are stifling the production of new and innovative herbicides and pesticides. Source: Grain Central Regulation, restrictions threaten development of ag chemicals

Lupins unlocked for plant-based protein market using new technology

A food and farming company in WA’s Wheatbelt hopes new technology will allow it to transform a popular livestock feed into high-protein meat-alternative products for humans. Source: ABC Livestock Lupins unlocked for plant-based protein market using new technology

China’s barley tariff explained: diplomacy the way forward

Australia should use a diplomatic approach to defusing the bilateral tensions arising from China’s imposition of a tariff on Australian barley. Source: Grain Central China’s barley tariff explained: diplomacy the way forward

Australian barley growers are the victims of weaponised trade rules

Some deduce China’s recent trade impositions on Australia stem from Australia’s advocacy for an investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is a longer history of simmering tensions between the two nations. Source: Grain Central Australian barley growers are the victims of weaponised trade rules

Feedgrain Focus: Barley firms after China announcement

Grain markets ploughed through the damage of tariffs while drivers, as complex as the poultry sector shrunken by COVID-19 and inconsistent moisture across Australia’s grainbelt, saw domestic new crop markets edge higher. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Barley firms after China announcement

China puts 80pc tariff on Australian barley

After warning of its intention to do so last week China last night imposed an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley, effective immediately and set to last for five years.  Source: Beef Central China puts 80pc tariff on Australian barley

China puts 80pc tariff on Australian barley

China has imposed a five-year tariff on Australian barley which is effective immediately and lifts its price by 80 per cent. Source: Grain Central China puts 80pc tariff on Australian barley

Queensland farmers plant winter crops for the first time in years

A Queensland agronomist says he’s got farmers who haven’t sown a winter crop since 2016 — but this year there are seeds in the ground and hope in the air. Source: ABC Grain Queensland farmers plant winter crops for the first time in years

CBH Group members support board member dismissal

Members of Australia’s biggest wheat exporter have narrowly voted to remove a board member, Trevor Badger, for the first time in the WA cooperative’s 87-year history. Source: ABC Grain CBH Group members support board member dismissal

Feedgrain Focus: Barley dives ahead of China tariff decision

Prices for new-crop barley have fallen by $30-$40 per tonne this week, mainly on news that China is considering putting a massive tariff on Australian barley. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Barley dives ahead of China tariff decision

Unprecedented vote on fate of CBH director accused of board leak

Australia’s largest wheat exporter will hold a special meeting today to decide the fate of a board member accused of leaking confidential board information. Source: ABC Grain Unprecedented vote on fate of CBH director accused of board leak

GrainCorp posts $55m 1H20 profit as outlook improves

Eastern states bulk-handler GrainCorp has reported an underlying net profit after tax (NPAT) of $55 million for the half-year ended 31 March 2020, a turnaround from the $48M net loss recorded in 1H19. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp posts m 1H20 profit as outlook improves

Barley farmers, now beef processors targeted in China trade row

Australia’s livestock farmers could be the latest victims in a fast-evolving trade war, with China with four Australian abattoirs banned from selling meat to the Asian giant. Source: ABC Livestock Barley farmers, now beef processors targeted in China trade row

Scratchy start to WA winter cropping season

The start to the 2020 cropping season has been “hit and miss” in Western Australia where an estimated 8.4 million hectares of winter crop will go in this season, Source: Grain Central Scratchy start to WA winter cropping season

Feedgrain Focus: Prices ease as north’s demand wanes

After softening in the past week, markets appear to be settled at lower levels, while space in Brisbane for transshipped grain fills up on reduced near-term demand. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices ease as north’s demand wanes

BioMar opens Tasmanian aquafeed mill

Production has started at BioMar Australia’s aquafeed facilty at Wesley Vale in northern Tasmania with the first trucks of fish-feed starting to roll out of the facility. Source: Grain Central BioMar opens Tasmanian aquafeed mill

Livestock industry investigates importing feed grain

New research suggests the agriculture industry should prepare to import large shipments of feed grain for livestock, despite the biosecurity risks. Source: ABC Grain Livestock industry investigates importing feed grain

Major tariffs expected to end Australian barley trade to China

China fires its first shot in an increasingly bitter diplomatic row, threatening to slap major tariffs on Australia’s barley exports, that could rip hundreds of millions from the trade. Source: ABC Grain Major tariffs expected to end Australian barley trade to China

SA’s harvest estimate for 2019-20 tops at 6.5Mt

Despite ongoing drought, frost and devastating bushfires, South Australia’s 2019-20 grain harvest finished on a more positive note than earlier projected, at an estimated 6.5 million tonnes. Source: Grain Central SA’s harvest estimate for 2019-20 tops at 6.5Mt

Every drop counts in temperate rice production systems: Nuffield

Making the most out of every drop of water is key to the survival and growth of the Australian rice industry and an urgent step-change is required for the industry to thrive into the future. Source: Grain Central Every drop counts in temperate rice production systems: Nuffield

Feedgrain Focus: Prices drop sharply in limited trade

Prices for wheat and barley in nearby and new-crop markets have dropped sharply this week to reflect subdued domestic demand and the stronger Australian dollar, as well as buoyant production prospects for New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices drop sharply in limited trade

Call for renewed debate about GM, gene-editing technologies

Different and more evidence-based public discourse about new breeding technologies is needed to ensure sustainable agriculture and food security. Source: Grain Central Call for renewed debate about GM, gene-editing technologies

Solid demand and favourable weather buoy agribusiness confidence

Solid rainfall has boosted farmer confidence this season and, while uncertainty hangs over the global economy, many remain optimistic that agriculture will weather the storm. Source: ABC Grain Solid demand and favourable weather buoy agribusiness confidence

Imported feedgrain could stack up in future droughts

A report commissioned by volume feedgrain users says a facility built within a port zone to treat imported grain could improve their ability to weather future droughts. Source: Beef Central Imported feedgrain could stack up in future droughts

Namoi Cotton posts $10.99 million loss

Namoi Cotton Limited has reported a $10.99 million loss for the year ended 29 February, 2020, a drop of $10.43 million on the previous year. Source: Grain Central Namoi Cotton posts .99 million loss

After 16 years, SA lifts ban on genetically-modified crops

South Australia will allow mainland farmers to grow genetically-modified (GM) crops from next season, but councils can apply to remain GM-free. Source: ABC Grain After 16 years, SA lifts ban on genetically-modified crops

Plague locusts on the rise in western NSW

Potential sightings of plague locusts in the Cobar and Nyngan areas of NSW have prompted a warning from Western Local Land Services Source: Grain Central Plague locusts on the rise in western NSW

Rain triggers timely southern sowing spree

ANZAC weekend rain across the southern cropping region from SA’s Yorke Peninsula to the eastern areas of Victoria has come at an ideal time to kick start this season’s main winter crop sowing. Source: Grain Central Rain triggers timely southern sowing spree

MSF Sugar reverses molasses export decision

Queensland Senator, Susan McDonald, has hailed “a win for people power” following MSF Sugar’s decision to now supply Australian customers with molasses to help feed beef and dairy stock through winter. Source: Beef Central MSF Sugar reverses molasses export decision

High quality, high return mungbean harvest gathers pace

Mungbean growers are reaping the rewards of high prices and high-grade grain as harvest gets into swing in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. Source: Grain Central High quality, high return mungbean harvest gathers pace

Feedgrain Focus: Wheat and barley markets largely steady

Exceptional sorghum values are trading in the north amid ongoing dry in Queensland. Much of south-eastern Australia has begun the winter-crop program in near ideal conditions, keeping market activity quiet in wheat and barley. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Wheat and barley markets largely steady

WA hay plant development to lift export capacity

Global feed stocks provider, Al Dahra Australia, will invest $10 million in a hi-tech production line and press at its Western Australian hay processing facility at Wannamal. Source: Grain Central WA hay plant development to lift export capacity

Gene editing opens faster, cheaper way to introduce new crop traits

Gene editing has the potential to dramatically increase the number of traits that can be introduced into agricultural crops, far quicker and cheaper than genetic modification (GM) technology. Source: Grain Central Gene editing opens faster, cheaper way to introduce new crop traits

Feedgrain Focus: Nearby firm, new-crop up to $20/t lower

New-crop values for barley and wheat have eased in the past week to reflect consolidating prospects for the winter crop now being planted. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Nearby firm, new-crop up to /t lower

Precision ag softens fertiliser, chemical supply risk

The increased use of precision agriculture practices and other workarounds can play a key role in softening the impact of potential agricultural input shortages due to COVID-19. Source: Grain Central Precision ag softens fertiliser, chemical supply risk

Fall armyworm found near Broome

Fall armyworm has been confirmed near Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, following the earlier discovery of the pest in north Queensland, the Northern Territory and in Kununurra. Source: Grain Central Fall armyworm found near Broome

A message to Grain Central advertisers: Keeping engaged with your customers during COVID-19

Many industry events, including shows, field days, conferences and sales have been cancelled, removing the opportunity for commercial companies servicing the grain and cropping industry to engage with existing customers, and potential new ones. So how do you stay connected with your clients, in a socially-distanced market? Source: Grain Central A message to Grain Central… Read more »

A message to Sheep Central advertisers: Keep engaged with your customers during COVID-19

Many industry events, including shows, field days, conferences and sales have been cancelled, removing the opportunity for commercial companies servicing the meat and livestock industry to engage with existing customers, and potential new ones. So how do you stay connected with your clients, in a socially-distanced market? Source: Sheep Central A message to Sheep Central… Read more »

CSIRO research cops double-whammy from hail, COVID-19

CSIRO’s crop research program is being severely constrained by the loss of vital glass house experiments in a hailstorm in January and recent restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Grain Central CSIRO research cops double-whammy from hail, COVID-19

Australia’s food security assured, but rice faces shortfall

Despite temporary shortages of some food items in supermarkets, ABARES says Australia does not have a food security problem, although the rice industry says there could be a shortfall in rice. Source: Grain Central Australia’s food security assured, but rice faces shortfall

Fields of gold set to return as croppers keep canola in rotation

Canola is set to bloom again in New South Wales with widespread rain expected to lift production levels as farmers get back into sowing the crop. Source: ABC Grain Fields of gold set to return as croppers keep canola in rotation

Jim Geltch calls time on years at helm of Nuffield scholarship program

Long-serving guardian of the Nuffield farming scholarship program, Jim Geltch, has retired, leaving in good shape an organisation that continues to invest in the human capital of agriculture. Source: Grain Central Jim Geltch calls time on years at helm of Nuffield scholarship program

Feedgrain Focus: Domestic shorts lift nearby wheat

Current crop wheat moved higher, its spread to barley stretching around double the usual as buyers booked winter rations. China export shipments supported barley. New crop markets slumbered on cheerier planting outlook. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Domestic shorts lift nearby wheat

Now is the time to plan to rebuild national fodder reserves

SPRING fodder harvest plans should be implemented to help rebuild the nation’s hay stock despite a tempering in demand and prices, according to the industry’s peak body. Source: Sheep Central Now is the time to plan to rebuild national fodder reserves

CBH app complies with competition laws: ACCC

An investigation by the ACCC has concluded there is no evidence that CBH’s Paddock Planner App breaches any competition or consumer laws. Source: Grain Central CBH app complies with competition laws: ACCC

New ryegrass herbicide to debut on Australian market

A new herbicide for controlling annual ryegrass has received full registration in Australia and will be available for the 2021 winter crop season. Source: Grain Central New ryegrass herbicide to debut on Australian market

Home bakers put heat on supermarket flour supplies

If you’re hoping to bake hot cross buns or fresh scones this Easter you might have to think again — mills simply cannot get their product delivered fast enough to restock supermarkets. Source: ABC Grain Home bakers put heat on supermarket flour supplies

Rains set up ideal conditions for NSW, Vic winter cropping season

Widespread rain across NSW and Victorian cropping regions last week has kicked along early-sown dual-purpose crops and set up ideal conditions for the main winter crop planting. Source: Grain Central Rains set up ideal conditions for NSW, Vic winter cropping season

How this cattle breed is helping this family wine business stay afloat

Online sales and diversification enable Ruth and Robert Ellis to work through COVID-19 shutdowns and unpredictable weather that is heavily impacting sales at their winery near Hanging Rock in Victoria this year. Source: ABC Livestock How this cattle breed is helping this family wine business stay afloat

Feedgrain Focus: New crop values for wheat and barley ease

New-crop values for wheat and barley have eased this week on rain which is improving prospects by the day for a big winter-cereal planting in eastern Australia, while price movements in nearby markets have been mixed. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: New crop values for wheat and barley ease

Agfarm to close as search for new owner abandoned

Agfarm looks set to close its doors in coming months as its owners Nutrien Ag Solutions and CHS Inc call time on a sale campaign for the business. Source: Grain Central Agfarm to close as search for new owner abandoned

Fall armyworm detected in NT and WA

The invasive pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been found in northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory, following its first detection in Australia on Queensland’s Cape York in January 2020. Source: Beef Central Fall armyworm detected in NT and WA

‘Tequila’ plant could be potential source of biofuel

The agave plant used to make tequila could be established in semi-arid Australia as a biofuel solution to Australia’s transport fuel shortage. Source: Grain Central ‘Tequila’ plant could be potential source of biofuel

Rice under pressure as drought slashes production, COVID-19 increases demand

The Australian rice industry is struggling to meet domestic demand, hit with the double whammy of a drought-hit shortfall in production and a surge in consumer demand sparked by the COVID-19 crisis. Source: Grain Central Rice under pressure as drought slashes production, COVID-19 increases demand

COVID-19: GTA calls for communication, consultation

Grain Trade Australia has held the first of three webinars for its members to help them navigate through a raft of financial and employment issues tied to COVID-19. Source: Grain Central COVID-19: GTA calls for communication, consultation

GRDC announces formation of Grains Australia Ltd body

GRDC has today announced the formation of Grains Australia Ltd to deliver industry-good services and functions including variety classification. Source: Grain Central GRDC announces formation of Grains Australia Ltd body

Rice industry seeks water allocation to counter drought, COVID-19 impacts

SunRice has commenced discussions with the Commonwealth Government for an allocation of water to rice growers ahead of the 2020 planting to ensure the continued supply of rice for domestic consumption. Source: Grain Central Rice industry seeks water allocation to counter drought, COVID-19 impacts

Supermarket shelves depleted of rice as low production stymies re-stocking

Rice was the first staple food to be restricted in supermarkets when Coronavirus hit and panic buying erupted, and restocking shelves has been near impossible with rice production critically low. Source: ABC Grain Supermarket shelves depleted of rice as low production stymies re-stocking

Feedgrain Focus: Prices firm on export, domestic demand

Australia’s grain supply chain is operating efficiently amid COVID-19 measures in place across the country, and wheat, barley and new-crop sorghum are in hot demand. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices firm on export, domestic demand

COVID-19: Tricky for truckies but working for road, rail, sea

Border closures in Queensland and South Australia to limit the spread of COVID-19 are not impeding the flow of interstate grain, but heightened cleaning requirements are making it tough for truckies on the road. Source: Grain Central COVID-19: Tricky for truckies but working for road, rail, sea

Nufarm posts $122 million half year loss

Nufarm has announced a loss for the first half of 2020 of $122 million (1H19: $14m), with revenue down six per cent to $1,477 million. Source: Grain Central Nufarm posts 2 million half year loss

Feedgrain Focus: Exports, weaker $A lift values

Export interest from China and others spurred by the sliding value of the Australian dollar has lifted values for wheat, barley and sorghum. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Exports, weaker $A lift values

GrainGrowers calls out “alarmist” glyphosate map study

GrainGrowers has criticised the approach taken in a report released by the University of Sydney that features a ‘glyphosate contamination map’. Source: Grain Central GrainGrowers calls out “alarmist” glyphosate map study

COVID-19: Milling booms, malting holds as shoppers react

Flour millers and bakers are responding to a massive upswing in demand as consumer spending reacts to concerns about COVID-19, while beer sales show signs of rising as bar sales plummet due to social distancing. Source: Grain Central COVID-19: Milling booms, malting holds as shoppers react

Rural confidence rises to highest level in almost five years: Rabobank

Buoyed by good rain and dramatically improved winter cropping prospects, 43pc of grain growers are positive about conditions improving this year, according to the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey. Source: Grain Central Rural confidence rises to highest level in almost five years: Rabobank

GrainCorp shareholders approve demerger of United Malt Group

As expected, GrainCorp shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the demerger of the company’s malting assets into the separate United Malt Group entity which is on track to start trading on 2 April. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp shareholders approve demerger of United Malt Group

Sliding wheat quality prompts rethink of price signals, classification

Concerns that Australia’s wheat quality levels have slipped over the past 10 years have come under scrutiny in a comprehensive review by GrainGrowers. Source: Grain Central Sliding wheat quality prompts rethink of price signals, classification

PIX/AMC event looks to Australia’s future for milling, poultry

The biennial Poultry Information Exchange (PIX) and Australasian Milling Conference (AMC) in mid-May will be held at the Gold Coast; centre stage will be what’s new in Australia’ poultry and grain-milling industries. Source: Grain Central PIX/AMC event looks to Australia’s future for milling, poultry

Feedgrain Focus: Barley slides, wheat holds in minimal trade

Uncertainty about the direction of domestic and global markets has kept volume trading in the feedgrain market to a minimum this week. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Barley slides, wheat holds in minimal trade

Australian feed-additive sector shifts to FAMI-QS V6

The process to migrate all 50 members of the Feed Ingredients and Additives Association of Australia (FIAAA) to the latest globally recognised FAMI-QS quality-assurance system has started. Source: Grain Central Australian feed-additive sector shifts to FAMI-QS V6

Glyphosate faces uncertain future

The widely-used knockdown herbicide, glyphosate, faces an uncertain future under mounting legal, community and weed-resistance challenges. Source: Grain Central Glyphosate faces uncertain future

Grain industry celebrates southern stalwart’s contribution

The contribution of Victorian agronomy consultant, Harm van Rees, to the Australian grains industry has been officially recognised with the GRDC 2020 Southern Region Recognising and Rewarding Excellence Award. Source: Grain Central Grain industry celebrates southern stalwart’s contribution

National crop breeding advocacy group launched

Public and private crop breeding organisations from across Australia have joined forces for the first time to launch a national crop breeding advocacy group called Australian Crop Breeders Ltd (ACB). Source: Grain Central National crop breeding advocacy group launched

Rising CO² may boost yields, offset downside of climate change

Research into the impact of a changing climate on Australian crop production suggests wheat yield gains caused by higher carbon dioxide levels may offset some of the losses caused by rising temperatures and reduced rainfall. Source: Grain Central Rising CO² may boost yields, offset downside of climate change

Grass-roots communicator honoured with northern Seed of Light award

One of the northern farming zone’s most respected agronomists, Paul McIntosh, has been recognised for his tireless dedication to the grain industry with the GRDC northern region 2020 Seed of Light Award. Source: Grain Central Grass-roots communicator honoured with northern Seed of Light award

New research focus at Goondiwindi Update + PICS

Consultants, researchers and growers are taking the opportunity to hear the latest research results and connect with their peers at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Update… Source: Grain Central New research focus at Goondiwindi Update + PICS

Wheat prices to increase slightly, coarse grains unchanged: ABARES

The world wheat indicator price is forecast to average slightly higher at US$225 per tonne in 2020–21, according to ABARES’ Agricultural Commodities report released today. Source: Grain Central Wheat prices to increase slightly, coarse grains unchanged: ABARES

Brexit to have little impact on Australian grain industry

Britain’s exit from the European Union is unlikely to have significant implications for the Australian grain industry, but will impact UK farmers and the nation’s plant breeding system. Source: Grain Central Brexit to have little impact on Australian grain industry

New research sets the scene at Wagga Wagga Update + PICS

The latest research findings, critical seasonal advice and information to support the grains industry through 2020 was delivered at the annual GRDC Grains Research Update in Wagga Wagga, southern NSW. Source: Grain Central New research sets the scene at Wagga Wagga Update + PICS

An isolated grain town has been transformed into an international tourism hot spot

When photographs taken on a salt-crusted depression just outside the tiny town of Sea Lake started popping up on Chinese social media sites, the proud local farming community saw a major opportunity. Source: ABC Grain An isolated grain town has been transformed into an international tourism hot spot

Oats reinvents itself as ‘rice’ to expand market opportunities

AEGIC has developed a processing method for transforming oats into “rice” in a bid to elevate oats from the breakfast table to becoming a go-to option for lunch and dinner. Source: Grain Central Oats reinvents itself as ‘rice’ to expand market opportunities