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ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Updates

Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Updates

Categories: Commodities, Weather

Summary of key issues

  • Harvesting of winter crops has commenced in northern cropping regions of Western Australia and South Australia, this is a full fortnight earlier than normal.
  • Upper layer soil moisture levels across much of eastern Australian declined further during September 2013 resulting from below average rainfall and well above average temperatures
  • Despite northerly winds and high temperatures placing some South Australian crops under stress, rainfall during September will assist in limiting downgrades and yield losses in a number of regions.
  • Limited pasture availability in central and southern Queensland is leading to restricted supply of traditional supplementary feed sources.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray–Darling Basin have increased by 211 gigalitres this week to 84 per cent of total capacity.
  • According to the Grains Industry Association of Western Australia (GIWA), favourable rainfall during September has significantly increased winter crop prospects across the state.
  • The world wheat indicator price (US No. 2 hard red winter, free on board Gulf ports) averaged US$333 a tonne in the week ending 8 October 2013, compared with US$325 a tonne in the previous week.
  • The saleyard prices of lamb fell in all states in the week ending 4 October 2013.



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