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ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Updates

ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Updates

Categories: Beef, Sheep & lambs, Cropping, Weather, Commodities

Summary of key issues:

  • With the start of September continuing to deliver above average rainfall, soil moisture levels remain high and waterlogging is becoming a concern in a number of regions.
  • Maximum and minimum temperatures were generally average across much of Australia for the week ending 13 September 2016.
  • The forecast for the next eight days indicates that rainfall is expected across large areas of northern, central and south-eastern Australia.
  • A strengthening of the negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), combined with a La Niña–like pattern in the tropical Pacific Ocean and seas around Australia, is strongly influencing Australian climate.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) increased by 487 gigalitres (GL) during the week ending 15 September 2016.
  • The young cattle indicator price (330–400 kg live weight C3) averaged 692 cents a kilogram in Queensland in the week ending 9 September 2016.
  • The lamb indicator price (18–22kg fat score 2–4) averaged 579 cents a kilogram (dressed weight) in Victoria in the week ending 9 September 2016.
  • The world wheat indicator price (US No. 2 hard red winter, free on board Gulf ports) was US$183 a tonne in the week ending 13 September 2016.

Source: www.agriculture.gov.au/abares

 

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