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ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Updates

ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Updates

Categories: Beef, Sheep & lambs, Commodities, Weather

Summary of key issues:

  • During the past week much of Australia recorded little to no rainfall.
  • Parts of Western Australia have recorded day-time temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius this week, with some regions recording day-time temperatures 10 degrees above average for this time of year.
  • The Pacific Ocean has shown some renewed signs of El Niño development.
  • The rainfall forecast for the next eight days indicates that falls in excess 25 millimetres are likely for much of eastern Australia.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray–Darling Basin increased by 167 gigalitres (GL) this week and are at 66 per cent of total capacity.
  • The world wheat indicator price (US No. 2 hard red winter, free on board Gulf ports) averaged US$290 a tonne in the week ending 12 August 2014.
  • The Australian grain sorghum indicator price (Sydney) was $321 a tonne in the week ending 13 August 2014.
  • The Queensland young cattle indictor price (330–400 kg live weight C3) averaged 347 cents a kilogram in the week ending 8 August 2014.
  • The saleyard indicator price of lamb (18–22kg fat score 2–4) fell in most states in the week ending 8 August 2014.



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