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.