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ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update

ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water & Agricultural Update

Categories: Weather, Commodities

Summary of key issues: 

  • June 2013 rainfall was variable across Australia. Above average rainfall was recorded across much of southeast Australia and northern Western Australia. 
  • During June 2013 upper layer soil moisture levels have improved across the eastern Australian wheatbelt, while in Western Australia soil moisture levels have declined.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray–Darling Basin increased this week by 183 gigalitre (GL) and are at 71 per cent of total capacity.
  • Opening water allocations have been announced for a number of irrigation regions for the 2013/14 season.
  • The world wheat indicator price (US No. 2 hard red winter, free on board Gulf ports) averaged US$303 a tonne in the week ending 2 July 2013, compared with US$321 in the previous week.
  • The Queensland young cattle indicator price (330–400 kg live weight C3) increased by  around 7 per cent in the week ending 28 June 2013 to 304 cents a kilogram. 
  • Australian beef and veal exports were 88 000 tonnes (shipped weight) in June 2013,  around 8 per cent higher than in June 2012. 
  • Australian lamb exports were 17 000 tonnes (shipped weight) in June 2013, around 7 per cent higher than in June 2012. 



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