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ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Updates

ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Updates

Categories: Commodities, Weather

Summary of key issues:

  • During the past week rainfall of between 15 and 100 mm was recorded across some parts of eastern Australia.
  • Lightning strikes have reportedly caused a number of fires across South Australia and Victoria in the past 24 hours.
  • Grape and citrus producers in south east Australia are concerned about the extreme hot weather conditions affecting fruit quality only weeks away from harvest.
  • High temperatures across large parts of the country are likely to further deplete on farm water storages and increase water demand for irrigated crops.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray–Darling Basin have decreased by 468 gigalitres 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$289 a tonne in the week ending 14 January 2014, compared with US$291 a tonne in the previous week.
  • The Queensland young cattle indicator price (330 – 400 kg live weight C3) averaged 329 cents a kilogram in the week ending 10 January 2014, 2 per cent lower than the last sale in December 2013.
  • There were mixed movements in the saleyard prices of lamb in the week ending 10 January 2014, compared with the last sale prices in December 2013.
  • The wholesale prices of selected fruit were generally higher in the week ending 11 January 2014.



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