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ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Updates

ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Updates

Categories: Weather, Commodities

Summary of key issues:

  • During the past week, rainfall was recorded in all states and territories.
  • Following on from the prolonged heatwave event that affected south-east Australia in midJanuary, there is another pool of extreme heat forming across the region.
  • With numerous reports of decreased milk production as a result of the recent heatwave, there is likely to be ongoing issues for dairy farmers in southern Australia as temperatures again start to reach 40 degrees Celsius.
  • A cyclone watch is current for coastal Queensland from Port Douglas to Proserpine. A Tropical Low is currently moving slowly south-west towards the coast.
  • Neutral El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) conditions persist across the tropical Pacific Ocean.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray–Darling Basin have decreased by 338 gigalitres this week and are at 62 per cent of total capacity.
  • The world wheat indicator price (US No. 2 hard red winter, free on board Gulf ports) averaged US$287 a tonne in the week ending 28 January 2014, largely unchanged from the previous week.
  • The Australian grain sorghum indicator price (Sydney) remained largely unchanged in the week ending 29 January 2014 at $342 a tonne.
  • The Queensland young cattle indictor price (330 – 400 kg live weight C3) fell by around 3 per cent in the week ending 24 January 2014 to 308 cents a kilogram.
  • The Australian Eastern Market Indicator price for wool rose by around 2 per cent in the week ending 23 January 2014 to average 1128 cents a kilogram clean.



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