Reid Seaby, Agfarm Regional Manager WA
Another week of unwelcome dry weather across the wheatbelt, but a weak cold front did produce some rain in the very southern and western cropping zones. Despite the weather, growers are continuing to get the crop in the ground and the area sown is steadily increasing. The weather forecast remains an obvious topic of conversation and although it is still very early, the eight day is showing the dry weather pattern to continue. Some are saying the strongest cold fronts over WA are expected to occur around the middle of May, but rain events originating in the north and moving south will hopefully benefit cropping areas before then. As an aside, it is strongly encouraged you speak to your grandad and listen to one of his many tales about how the 1973 season didn’t break until mid-June yet he grew his highest yielding crops ever that year… so the season could still turn out to be a good one!
A liquorice all sorts week in markets. Kwinana APW1 was unchanged at $290/MT FIS and F1 was down $2/MT at $285 FIS. Canola jumped $10/MT week on week with CAN at $525/MT FIS. New crop APW1 is $284/MT FIS Kwinana, down $8/MT and F1 is $272/MT (unchanged from last week).
Prices as at 27th April 2018