Australia could be faced with a sorghum crop as small as 100,000 tonnes, with official predictions currently at 398,000t.
National Grains Industry Reporter
Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.
Horrific wind last month has cost growers in Victoria millions by shaking grain out of the head and onto the ground prior to harvest.
Australia has smashed a number of unwanted high temperature and low rainfall records this spring.
Domestic grain users in northern Australia are assessing where to get their supplies from this year - and closest isn't always cheapest.
There has been a welcome change in fortune for farmers in the southern Mallee district of Quambatook this season.
The trade is unwilling to own large volumes of grain and farmers are unwilling sellers at current values, leading to a stalemate.
There are some signs India may lower its pulse tariffs, but the flip side is tighter phytosanitary requirements.
A last minute disallowance motion has stopped the SA government passing regulations that wuld have allowed GM food crops to be grown.
The drought does not look set to let up this year, but a breakdown in the IOD positive event early next year means better hope next year.
In spite of the dry season there have not been any serious problems with crop quality across the major commodities this harvest.
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