Kate Phillips, Agfarm Regional Manager South Australia
What is harvest 18 without another change? The past week has seen the weather give the headers a clear run but as the week has moved on temperatures rose across the state. The end of the week has seen temps close to 40 degrees and total fire bans bringing headers to a stop.
The eight-day forecast is showing a fairly clear run over the next four days then South Australia is expecting to see state-wide falls of 5-20mm.
James Ryssenbeek, VIC regional Managers and myself spent the week traveling through the Eyre Peninsular. It’s been a story very much of the “haves” and the “have nots” when it comes to the season. We saw crops that would only return seed and other that would provide one of the best seasons in 30+ years.
The majority of the wheat South Australia is seeing is still going hard, while barley is predominantly feed ranging from F1- F3. Canola oils have lifted in areas but the high oils we have seen in previous years are not being realised this year.
Markets remained largely unchanged week on week. The biggest upward move came from canola in the Port Lincoln zone, up $18/MT on this time last week, taking it back to levels from the week before. Port Adelaide zone markets saw little movement both in price and grower selling with most growers looking to wrap up harvest and then look at their options
Prices as at 6th December
* View of current market pricing. Does not represent current Agfarm bids.