General Comments – Newsletter November 2016

14 November, 2016

Current Decile 1 or less prices for wheat and barley are presenting some challenges for marketing this year’s cereal crops. By contrast, Decile 6 prices for canola, combined with what appears will be above average canola yields for many clients, … Continue reading


Successfully Establishing Phalaris

8 September, 2016

The inclusion of phalaris in a pasture mix provides competition with a wider range of weeds, while reducing the incidence of some metabolic diseases in livestock, compared to where legumes are dominant.  However, all too often phalaris establishment fails through … Continue reading


Cereal Aphids

8 September, 2016

High numbers of corn and oat aphid have recently been reported in many cereal crops.  These aphids are collectively known as cereal aphids. The increase in numbers is a result of warmer than average temperatures plus humid conditions during late … Continue reading


Late Season Weed Control in Crops

8 September, 2016

Weed control during 2016 has been difficult, with many paddocks very likely to have some weed escapes.  Of particular concern are grass weeds in break crops, where post emergent herbicide applications have not been applied or were not effective. Poor … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Wheat (September 2016)

8 September, 2016

The following graph shows the movement in Chicago (CBOT) December 2016 Wheat Futures price and the 2016/17 APW Multigrade price delivered port. Both the CBOT Futures Price and the APW Multigrade price have fallen away significantly since June. This is … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Canola (September 2016)

8 September, 2016

The following graph shows the movement in ICE November 2016 Canola Futures and the domestic canola price delivered port. Like wheat, global canola prices have fallen away since June, but the basis has strengthened significantly, cushioning the reduction in the … Continue reading


Wool Market Update (September 2016)

8 September, 2016

The following graph shows the AWEX Eastern Market indicator (EMI) in cents per kilogram clean, from August 2009 to date. Recent prices have been historically high, but with some volatility since May 2015. Current strong prices relative to historical values, … Continue reading


Interest Rate Update (September 2016)

8 September, 2016

The following graph shows movements in both the 3 month and 3 year Bank Bill yield rates, for the period January 2006 to September 2016. These rates are wholesale rates which are net of any margin charged by financial institutions. … Continue reading


General Comments – Newsletter September 2016

7 August, 2016

Another wet August like those of old, has left many wishing that there hadn’t been quite as much rain as has fallen.  Predictions are for above average rainfall to continue for the remainder of the year, which if it occurs, … Continue reading