James Ryssenbeek, Agfarm Regional Manager VIC
While the cotton growers didn’t mind the hot December/January temperatures, sorghum and corn growers are starting to see the impact on pollination and grain set. Sorghum x sudan pollination dies at over 35 degrees, a limit frequently breached in January and you can see lost seed on the plants.
Markets remain quiet. Everyone I met during the week still had grain on hand; a mix of barley, canola and wheat. They are keen to see what happens with domestic consumers in the coming months with a common belief they aren’t well covered. Rain is the topic close to the surface – although on a positive note, where December/January rains fell, there are good levels of soil moisture so huge rains aren’t required to start the process.
Markets continued their slide this week across the board in both 2018/19 and 2019/20 markets. The stronger marketing opportunities remain local consumers.
Picture: 3-point linkage near infrared spray technology. The 3-point linkage allowed them to travel over hillier country.
Prices as at 22nd January
* View of current market pricing. Does not represent current Agfarm bids.