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ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Updates

ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Updates

Categories: Beef, Cropping, Weather, Commodities

Summary of key issues:

  • For the week ending 28 February 2017, maximum temperatures were generally around average for most of Australia.
  • During January 2017 well above average rainfall was recorded over most of Western Australia.
  • The forecast for the next eight days indicates that rainfall in excess of 15 millimetres is expected across most of northern Western Australia.
  • While neutral El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) conditions persist across the tropical Pacific Ocean, the likelihood of El Niño forming in 2017 has risen.
  • Relative upper layer soil moisture for February 2017 was generally well above average across Western Australia.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) decreased by 332 gigalitres (GL) during the week ending 2 March 2017.
  • Cattle prices are up 4 per cent year on year despite hot and dry conditions putting downward pressure on restocker demand for young cattle.



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