Feedgrain Focus: Sorghum drops into sights, season turns dry

Some growers in districts together with Narrabri in northern NSW want extra rain to maintain planting their winter crop, and are turning to tillage and different actions within the meantime. Photograph: Matt Norrie

SOUTHERN markets have firmed this week as dry situations hamper the top of new-crop planting and begin to hassle manufacturing outlooks in elements of New South Wales and Victoria.

Within the north, sorghum costs have fallen to a degree ample to spark shopping for curiosity from the pig and poultry sectors as Chinese language demand backs off.

Dry situations, and preoccupation with seeding, have diminished grower promoting to minimal ranges, and seen customers get severe about reserving some new-crop tonnage.

At the moment Might 18
Barley Downs $435 $435
SFW wheat Downs $410 $410
Sorghum Downs $365 $375
Barley Melbourne $353 $350
ASW Melbourne $402 $400
SFW Melbourne $398 $395

Desk 1: Indicative costs in Australian {dollars} per tonne.


Planting of wheat and barley in Queensland is nicely superior or accomplished for a lot of growers, and on the preferrred time.

Nevertheless, dry situations are limiting progress in lots of elements of northern NSW, the place growers want round 20mm to finish their cereal applications.

“There are a couple of farmers sitting again ready for some extra rain,” one northern NSW dealer mentioned.

“Final week’s rain was excellent for many who received it, however west of the Newell Freeway and south of Moree, individuals just about missed out.”

Falling feeder cattle costs have seen phrases of commerce choose up for feedlots, and shopping for curiosity from the sector has picked up and is usually being provided by dealer reasonably than grower gross sales.

“Feedlots had been a bit lengthy, however they’ve squared up now, even with numbers dropping off currently.

“Their every day utilization has dropped off, but it surely may choose up now with issues getting dry.”

Late sorghum crops are being harvested now, however commerce sources report bids for the crimson grain within the money market have fallen away.

Robinson Grain dealer Jock Benham mentioned home reasonably than export enterprise is dominating the money market at current.

“I believe it’s very laborious to make something work to export, with Black Sea wheat or corn going into Asian markets.”

Nevertheless, beforehand booked tonnage continues to be making its manner at tempo to all jap Australian ports.

For the primary time since October, sorghum is buying and selling at nicely under wheat and barley.

“The Chinese language bid has gone to floor, and it’s making an attempt to work again into home rations,” Mr Benham mentioned.

Grower promoting of all grains within the north stays minimal.

“Home customers are shopping for hand to mouth, and there’s not loads of movement from growers; they’re busy planting their subsequent crop, and it’s gotten a bit dry, in order that they’re not eager to promote.”

The cottonseed market has risen $5/t up to now week.

“With ginning being late and a gradual begin, there’s little inventory on the ground and therefore the front-end demand prevails,” Woodside Commodities managing director Hamish Steele-Park mentioned.

“Export commitments plus home equals a backlog of demand, and seed is being picked up as quickly because it produced.”

Southern NSW gins are as a consequence of begin in coming weeks, and most others are working now.

Cottonseed is at present buying and selling at round $395-$400/t in Moree and the Namoi Valley, whereas Downs cottonseed is in sizzling demand and buying and selling at round $460/t.

Dry limits southern sowing

Growers in Vic and elements of South Australia are on the lookout for 10-20mm of rain to get dry-sown cereals up and away, and full their winter seeding program.

“The market’s divorcing itself from what’s taking place abroad and specializing in Mom Nature,” Wilken Grain dealer Andrew Kelso mentioned.

Rain early within the planting window has seen canola and pulse crops in addition to dual-purpose cereals go into the bottom on the preferrred time, and get off to a great begin.

Nevertheless, main-season wheat planting is much from over.

“It simply gained’t rain for the time being, and the wheat market is definitely holding; it’s nicely bid and with not too many gives.

“With customers, we’re simply beginning to see a couple of placing their toe within the water with inquiry for the again half of yr; they suppose costs may begin to agency up.”

Growers and merchants in southern NSW are wanting on the power within the Downs barley market, and questioning if the $80/t unfold is sufficient to put it on a truck and ship it north to the feedlots.

“Individuals in Vic and southern NSW are wanting on the Downs market and questioning if it’s on the proper quantity but for them to promote there as an alternative of conserving it within the south,” one dealer mentioned.

The amount of grower gross sales within the southern home market has dropped, with dry situations fueling grower expectations that the market is unlikely to fall and can very doubtless rally.

Underpinning that is stable export demand to prime up export orders.

“The temper has modified a bit bit; the grower has pulled up stumps up to now couple of weeks.”