Spring has arrived and the harvest countdown is underway | Queensland Country Life
September has arrived and the countdown to the Queensland wheat and barley harvest is on.
After a cold front and associated trough caused widespread rains over Victoria and NSW at the end of last week, the weather will become drier and warmer. Overall, temperatures will reach the mid to high 20s by the middle of the week. The absence of excessive heat allows crops to maximize available soil moisture as they mature in the weeks to come.
National winter grain production forecasts were bolstered by rains last week over NSW and Victoria. Victoria received an overall 15-20mm Thursday and Friday to relief from farmers after below-average winter rainfall over large areas of the state. NSW received an overall average of 15-25mm in the state’s growing areas, putting them on track for another season of well above average yields.
The falls have been disappointing in South Africa where farmers are eager to see the rain.
Farmers in WA are also eager to see rain after a drier than normal August. Farmers say the yield potential is well above average, but crops are waiting for rain to take full advantage of the good start to the season.
Australia exported 1.95 million tonnes of wheat in July, down from 2.78 million tonnes shipped in June, according to recently released ABS trade data. Indonesia was the main destination for wheat exports, with about 670,000 tonnes, up from about 800,000 tonnes in June.
Australia’s wheat exports to Indonesia and other Asian destinations have exploded in recent months as it is difficult for them to source from Black Sea countries.
Newswires report that Asian wheat buyers are struggling to buy the expected volumes from Russia and Ukraine. Russian wheat farmers are withholding wheat sales in hopes the government can ease the heavy export taxes currently in place later in the season. The Russian government has introduced export taxes on grain exports to curb spiraling food inflation. The variable export tax system currently means that exporters must pay more than US $ 35 per tonne.
Russia’s export tax is good news for Australian grain farmers as it stifles wheat flows from the world’s largest exporter, putting upward pressure on world prices, while pushing demand towards others. countries, like Australia.