Even though the lower parts of the peninsula and the lower southeast still have a little harvest to go, I’m going to call harvest 19 over! It’s been another year where some did really well from a yield perspective while others have been grateful to get seed back. Many are looking to the long-range forecast in the search of possible rainfall to bring an end to the drier than normal yearly totals.

The heat is back with us once again with daytime temperatures well above 40 for the better part of this week. Any headers that were rolling will be parked up as the entire state has total fire bans in place. It does seem we will get a bit of a reprieve early next week with the temperatures dropping into the 30’s but I imagine pools, dams, river shacks, and beach homes will be getting a workout.

Markets this week have seen a good rise for Port Adelaide wheat and barley along with Port Lincoln wheat. Barley in the Lincoln zone is steady week on week and while canola has softened across the port zones it’s only a small downward shift. Delivered and exfarm markets have followed suit with small increases in all areas and they’re proving to be a good option for those who have held grain onfarm and looking for some cashflow.

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Let’s hope 2020 brings rain and good yields. Thank you to the many growers who have welcomed me into their homes this year, if there is one thing I love, it’s a chat!

Prices as at Thursday 19th December 2019

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