Category: Grains

WA grainbelt erosion concern from livestock, fire and machinery

LANDHOLDERS across Western Australia’s grainbelt have been reminded to manage paddocks to reduce the risk of soil erosion, after strong winds lashed the region recently. Source: Sheep Central WA grainbelt erosion concern from livestock, fire and machinery

Grain Central stories that led the news in 2020

In a snapshot of the ‘year that was’ in the Australian grain industry, Grain Central takes a look back over the stories that led the news in 2020. Source: Grain Central Grain Central stories that led the news in 2020

Single Kembla line to reopen after grain train derailment

One of two rail paths on the Moss Vale-Unanderra line near Dombarton will reopen from this evening in the first move to restore train services to and from Port Kembla. Source: Grain Central Single Kembla line to reopen after grain train derailment

WA on track for 16.5Mt winter crop

WA harvest is on track to produce close to 16.5 million tonnes a figure that most thought was unachievable following the very dry finishing conditions. Source: Grain Central WA on track for 16.5Mt winter crop

GPA urges cautious approach to China barley tariff dispute

Grain Producers Australia says Australia’s WTO dispute with China over barley tariffs won’t be a quick fix that will restore trade overnight but will be a process that may take a number of years. Source: Grain Central GPA urges cautious approach to China barley tariff dispute

SunRice posts $12.1 million half-year profit

The SunRice Group generated revenue of $507 million for the half-year to October 31,and net profit after tax of $12.1 million. Source: Grain Central SunRice posts .1 million half-year profit

Just add water and rice is back in business for the Riverina

Australia’s rice bowl — the Riverina in southern New South Wales — is expecting to ramp up its production tenfold this season, after generous rainfall helps lift dam levels and boost water allocations. Source: ABC Grain Just add water and rice is back in business for the Riverina

Feedgrain Focus: Market firms as trade covers

Short covering in the barley and southern wheat markets has supported prices this week, while on logistics, export pace has hit its straps despite two rail derailments. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Market firms as trade covers

Million-dollar planet prize for CSIRO FutureFeed seaweed innovation

FutureFeed, a livestock feed made from seaweed that reduces methane emissions in beef and dairy cattle by more than 80 per cent has been awarded the world’s largest monetary reward on the global food arena. Source: Beef Central Million-dollar planet prize for CSIRO FutureFeed seaweed innovation

GrainCorp’s upgraded Berrybank storage heads for receival record

GrainCorp’s bunker storage site at Berrybank in Victoria, which has undergone a $3.5 million expansion that increased capacity from 70,000 tonnes to 130,000t, is in full flight taking in this year’s bumper winter crop. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp’s upgraded Berrybank storage heads for receival record

Kembla derailment forces rerouting to meet export call

Grain handlers and exporters are in meetings with rail-industry stakeholders to ensure vessels booked to load at Port Kembla’s two terminals in coming weeks can access all the grain they need. Source: Grain Central Kembla derailment forces rerouting to meet export call

Australia to take China to WTO over barley tariff

Australian trade minister, Simon Birmingham, has announced that Australia will tonight refer China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over its imposition of an 80.5 per cent tax on Australian barley imports in May. Source: Grain Central Australia to take China to WTO over barley tariff

CBH posts $11M profit despite challenging year

CBH Group has posted a net profit after tax of $11 million, with a strong marketing and trading result offsetting an operations loss due in part to a below-average crop for Western Australia in 2019-20. Source: Grain Central CBH posts M profit despite challenging year

Qube train derailed en route from Temora to Port Kembla

A Qube train carrying wheat from Temora to Port Kembla in NSW derailed this morning in an incident which has temporarily closed the Moss Vale to Unanderra freight line. Source: Grain Central Qube train derailed en route from Temora to Port Kembla

Vietnam a ‘perfect partner’ to help bridge beef and grain trade gap

A report points to ‘significant opportunities’ for Australian exporters to expand trade ties with Vietnam, including for beef and grain, as soaring tensions with nearby China encourage diversification toward other markets. Source: Beef Central Vietnam a ‘perfect partner’ to help bridge beef and grain trade gap

Wool set win from cotton-synthetic price ratio comparison

RECENT wool price levels compared to synthetic and cotton fibre values should support demand for Australian wool by garment markers, weavers and knitters, according to leading industry consultant Chris Wilcox. Source: Sheep Central Wool set win from cotton-synthetic price ratio comparison

Positive outlook for 2021 crop production: Rural Bank

A forecast wetter start to 2021 is a positive for most industries, including grain producers who will look to further increase production following a strong 2020, according to Rural Bank. Source: Grain Central Positive outlook for 2021 crop production: Rural Bank

Port Spencer eyes potential for hydrogen as well as grain

Peninsula Ports has paved the way for its Port Spencer development to become a multi-commodity port with the acquisition of an extra 283 hectares of land. Source: Grain Central Port Spencer eyes potential for hydrogen as well as grain

Feedgrain Focus: Values buckle under supply-side pressure

A whack of grower selling, a logistics-driven easing of nearby demand and a firming Australian dollar have combined to depress prices for wheat and barley in most markets by up to $10 per tonne in the past week. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Values buckle under supply-side pressure

SunRice Group releases inaugural Modern Slavery Statement

The SunRice Group has today released its inaugural Modern Slavery Statement, which sets out how the company is working to better understand the risks of modern slavery and human rights abuses in its operations and supply chain. Source: Grain Central SunRice Group releases inaugural Modern Slavery Statement

Australia on track for second-biggest grain crop: ANZ

Australia looks set to harvest its second largest grain crop on record, with a massive jump in the production levels of wheat, barley and canola, according to ANZ’s latest Agri Commodity Report. Source: Grain Central Australia on track for second-biggest grain crop: ANZ

China trade tensions overshadow grain, cotton outlook: ABARES

Trade tensions with China have created uncertainties for Australian grain and cotton exports, forcing exporters of affected commodities to divert trade to the next highest value markets. Source: Grain Central China trade tensions overshadow grain, cotton outlook: ABARES

SunRice Group to make strategic acquisition of KJ&Co Brands

The SunRice Group has entered into a securities purchase agreement to acquire 100pc of KJ&Co Brands through its Riviana Foods subsidiary. Source: Grain Central SunRice Group to make strategic acquisition of KJ&Co Brands

Crop exports expected to play bigger role in export volumes

HIGHER Australian crop production is expected to help cropping products take over from livestock in export volumes in 2020-21, according to ABARES’ December quarter 2020 Agriculture Commodities report. Source: Sheep Central Crop exports expected to play bigger role in export volumes

Bumper harvest helps drive Aust farmgate value to $65 billion: ABARES

Australia’s second largest winter crop and promising rainfall outlook will help drive Australian farmgate production to $65 billion in 2020-21, according to ABARES’ December Agriculture Commodities report released today. Source: Grain Central Bumper harvest helps drive Aust farmgate value to billion: ABARES

Farmer confidence surges as positive season, prices outweigh COVID, trade concerns

Confidence among Australian farmers has rallied to above pre-COVID levels, with the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey revealing sentiment boosted by exceptional seasonal conditions and commodity prices. Source: Grain Central Farmer confidence surges as positive season, prices outweigh COVID, trade concerns

Feedgrain Focus: Wheat, barley spread narrows in thin market

Extreme heat in the north and some showers in the south have kept grower selling to a minimum this week in a market where the spread between wheat and barley has narrowed. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Wheat, barley spread narrows in thin market

Sumitomo sells Emerald Grain to Roc Partners

Sumitomo’s sale of the Emerald Grain business to Roc Partners was completed yesterday as the Melbourne-based handler sets in motion its new-crop wheat and barley export program. Source: Grain Central Sumitomo sells Emerald Grain to Roc Partners

Beef Central’s beef quiz – November 2020

Test your beef industry knowledge with Beef Central’s November 2020 quiz Source: Beef Central Beef Central’s beef quiz – November 2020

Australia on track for near record 51.5Mt winter crop: ABARES

ABARES is forecasting a 76pc rise in Australia’s 2020-21 winter crop production to 51.5Mt, second only to the record 56.7Mt in 2016–17. Source: Grain Central Australia on track for near record 51.5Mt winter crop: ABARES

Squib buys Viterra Millicent sites for expanding canola crush

The Earl brothers’ Squib Group has bought both Viterra sites in Millicent to increase canola storage for their expanding crushing plant, now the only one of its kind in South Australia. Source: Grain Central Squib buys Viterra Millicent sites for expanding canola crush

Feedgrain Focus: Truck squeeze, weather support prices

Export demand and limited grower selling are helping to support prices this week as the market heeds a dry and extremely hot week ahead for south-eastern Australia which may prompt some harvest bans. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Truck squeeze, weather support prices

Should Australia take China to the WTO over barley tariff?

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has given a strong indication Australia will take China to the WTO over its import tariff on Australian barley. The move has prompted a mixed reaction from grain industry leaders. Source: Grain Central Should Australia take China to the WTO over barley tariff?

Heatwave set to strike NSW-Qld summer crops

Extreme heat wave conditions are forecast to hit the summer cropping regions of southern Queensland and north west New South Wales over the coming week. Source: Grain Central Heatwave set to strike NSW-Qld summer crops

Feedgrain Focus: Truck squeeze, weather support prices

Export demand and limited grower selling are helping to support prices this week as the market heeds a dry and extremely hot week ahead for south-eastern Australia which may prompt some harvest bans. Source: Grain Central Feedgrain Focus: Truck squeeze, weather support prices

First of this seasons wheat heading for export markets via Newcastle Agri Terminal

23rd November 2020 It’s an exciting time for our partner National Agri Terminal (NAT). The first shipment of new crop wheat is heading for Vietnam via the NAT, Carrington at the Port of Newcastle. The bulk carrier Ince Point will be carrying 35,000 tonnes of wheat to Vietnam. The upcountry growing area has been experiencing… Read more »

Canola maintains buoyancy amid harvest pressure

Strong canola prices sweetened by bonifications paid for high oil content continue to see Australia’s major winter oilseed as the cash favourite for growers selling at harvest. Source: Grain Central Canola maintains buoyancy amid harvest pressure

Feedgrain Focus: Saudi price lifts barley, wheat mixed

Prices in the latest Saudi tender have supported barley values, while wheat prices have softened in the south but firmed in the north. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Saudi price lifts barley, wheat mixed

Not all overseas harvest workers went home during the pandemic

International border closures left many in the agriculture sector short-staffed this year, but there are a few overseas workers who opted to stay in Australia. Source: ABC Grain Not all overseas harvest workers went home during the pandemic

From pioneering no-till advocate to ag communications guru, John Cameron

No-till advocate, agronomist and agricultural communications specialist, John Cameron, has played an instrumental role in the advancement of farming systems throughout the northern farming zone. Source: Grain Central From pioneering no-till advocate to ag communications guru, John Cameron

Feedgrain Focus: Saudi price lifts barley, wheat mixed

Prices in the latest Saudi tender have supported barley values, while wheat prices have softened in the south but firmed in the north. Source: Grain Central Feedgrain Focus: Saudi price lifts barley, wheat mixed

Record-breaking day for GrainCorp as silos burst at seams during bumper harvest

More than 5 million tonnes of grain has been received so far at GrainCorp sites in NSW, Queensland and Victoria, with that figure expected to top 12 million tonnes by the end of the harvest. Source: ABC Grain Record-breaking day for GrainCorp as silos burst at seams during bumper harvest

WA harvest receivals hit 3.2Mt: CBH

WESTERN Australian bulk handler CBH Group has received 1.2 million tonnes of grain in the week to Friday to take its total for the harvest to date to 3.2Mt, in… Source: Grain Central WA harvest receivals hit 3.2Mt: CBH

Australia on track to deliver above average winter crop: NAB

Australia is likely to see a strong harvest this year, with indications pointing to a bumper crop in the eastern states, and an average crop in WA, according to NAB’s ‘In Focus: Winter Crop Harvest’ report released today. Source: Grain Central Australia on track to deliver above average winter crop: NAB

Barossa and McLaren Vale winemakers to 'lose millions' from GM decision

The Barossa and McLaren Vale wine regions stand to lose an estimated $44 million in imports, industry representatives say, as their respective councils remain stunned over a decision to allow genetically modified crops in their districts. Source: ABC Grain Barossa and McLaren Vale winemakers to ‘lose millions’ from GM decision

Feedgrain Focus: Price moves mixed as harvest rolls south

An undersupply of feed-grade grain in the northern market, showers in Victoria and a stronger Australian dollar have pushed and pulled wheat and barley prices this week as the harvest peak rolls south towards central NSW. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Price moves mixed as harvest rolls south

Natural predators enlisted in fight against fall armyworm

Fall armyworm is proving difficult to control with conventional insecticides, prompting authorities to reach for suppression strategies that include natural predators and mating disruption techniques. Source: Grain Central Natural predators enlisted in fight against fall armyworm

WA on track to harvest 14Mt as grain yields “better than expected”

The 2020 Western Australian harvest has been a stop start affair due to intermittent rainfall events and cool weather over the last few weeks, but is on track to produce 14 million tonnes. Source: Grain Central WA on track to harvest 14Mt as grain yields “better than expected”

GrainCorp posts FY20 profit of $108M in season turnaround

GrainCorp has posted a profit from underlying earnings before net interest, depreciation and amortisation of (EBITDA) from continuing operations of $108 million in the year to September 30, a stark contrast to its $107M loss in FY19. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp posts FY20 profit of 8M in season turnaround

Overnight fire at Manildra Flour Mills contained

A fire which broke out in the cleaning section of Manildra Flour Mills’ complex in the central New South Wales town of Manildra overnight has been contained. Source: Grain Central Overnight fire at Manildra Flour Mills contained

Scientists find a way to turn urine into solid fertiliser

Scientists in Sweden have discovered how to recycle urine into valuable – and sustainable – farmland fertiliser. Source: Grain Central Scientists find a way to turn urine into solid fertiliser

Feedgrain Focus: Prices fall on China concerns, harvest

Grain prices have fallen this week as growers accelerate their sales of grain off the header, and amid concerns that China will close its door on further purchases of new-crop Australian wheat. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices fall on China concerns, harvest

Share your harvest with Foodbank to help fight hunger in Australia

Farmers harvesting promising winter crops can play their part in providing vital food supplies to the hungry by donating a portion of their harvest to Foodbank. Source: Grain Central Share your harvest with Foodbank to help fight hunger in Australia

Grain poised to capitalise on plant-based meat market

The growing appetite for plant-based meat substitutes brings opportunity for Australia’s grain, oilseeds and pulse sector, according to a new Rabobank report. Source: Grain Central Grain poised to capitalise on plant-based meat market

Industrial hemp licences double in SA

A fourth season of industrial hemp trials will go ahead in the South Australia’s south east as the industry continues to grow momentum with approved licences doubling since the crop’s 2018 introduction. Source: Grain Central Industrial hemp licences double in SA

What happens if China bans Aussie wheat?

There are rumours that China has added Australian wheat to its list of banned imports. What will that mean for Australian wheat exports? Source: Grain Central What happens if China bans Aussie wheat?

China suspends Australian barley exports from Emerald Grain

Emerald Grain has become the second Australian barley exporter after CBH Grain to be locked out of the Chinese market. Source: Grain Central China suspends Australian barley exports from Emerald Grain

SA rejects GM-free council applications, opens way for GM crops

The SA Government has rejected applications from 11 councils that were seeking to maintain GM crop bans in their areas, opening the way for GM crops to be grown throughout mainland SA. Source: Grain Central SA rejects GM-free council applications, opens way for GM crops

SA Government rejects councils' applications to remain GM-free

The South Australia Government has rejected 11 council applications to maintain a genetically-modified crop ban in their area. Source: ABC Grain SA Government rejects councils’ applications to remain GM-free

WA harvest deliveries pass 1Mt: CBH

Harvest is well under way across the Western Australian grainbelt, and bulk handler CBH Group has taken in more than 1Mt, with more receival sites expected to open this week. Source: Grain Central WA harvest deliveries pass 1Mt: CBH

Victoria on track for near-record wheat, barley crops

Late rains in Victoria’s main cropping regions coupled with a drier-than-normal winter in the south-west have the state on track to produce near-record wheat and barley crops. Source: Grain Central Victoria on track for near-record wheat, barley crops

Feedgrain Focus: Nearby jumps as rain tightens supply

Competition for a limited amount of available grain has heightened this week amid widespread storms and showers in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales Source: Grain Central Feedgrain Focus: Nearby jumps as rain tightens supply

Canola growers reap the benefits of strong global demand

Australian canola growers are in the box seat with a bumper crop forecast and Europe’s strong demand for non-GM product. Source: ABC Grain Canola growers reap the benefits of strong global demand

Incitec Pivot/Precision Ag announce new lab services agreement

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers has signed a long-term agreement which sees its Nutrient Advantage Laboratory become the exclusive supplier of laboratory services to Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd. Source: Grain Central Incitec Pivot/Precision Ag announce new lab services agreement

Wheat power partnership to tackle greenhouse gas, build resilience

A partnership of grain growers and key players in the supply chain has been formed to combat greenhouse gas emissions and help farmers become more resilient in the face of climate change. Source: Grain Central Wheat power partnership to tackle greenhouse gas, build resilience

Feedgrain Focus: Markets lift as rain clouds harvest

Prompt markets for wheat and barley have rallied as consumers and exporters scramble to book and receive grain amid a rain-interrupted harvest in southern Queensland and north-west New South Wales. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Markets lift as rain clouds harvest

Market, seasonal conditions underpin strong wheat year: NAB

Increased rainfall and an international rally supporting prices auger well for Australian wheat, according to NAB’s latest Rural Commodities Wrap. Source: Grain Central Market, seasonal conditions underpin strong wheat year: NAB

First south Queensland grain crop since 2016 ends reliance on WA imports

Queensland’s grain industry is bouncing back after multiple seasons were missed because of the drought and the state relied on grain imports from Western Australia to feed livestock. Source: ABC Grain First south Queensland grain crop since 2016 ends reliance on WA imports

Trucks gain, rail languishes ahead of big Victorian crop

Victoria is allowing operators to carry more grain per trip to boost road-transport efficiency during the upcoming harvest, but the Murray Basin Rail Project has fallen short of its objectives in boosting the state’s rail capacity. Source: Grain Central Trucks gain, rail languishes ahead of big Victorian crop

Forecast rains set to stall Qld winter harvest, lift summer crop prospects

Harvesters have been going flat out across southern Queensland this week as growers try to take off as much of this year’s winter crop as they can before forecast heavy rains hit on the weekend. Source: Grain Central Forecast rains set to stall Qld winter harvest, lift summer crop prospects

Weather insurance spikes with La Niña and long-awaited winter harvest

Weather insurers have seen a spike in interest since La Niña was declared active by BOM, with grain growers looking to protect their best winter harvest in years. Source: ABC Grain Weather insurance spikes with La Niña and long-awaited winter harvest

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