FARMANCO FACTS 2019 – October
Rob Sands, Farm Management Consultant and Chairman of the Board presented the Editorial for this month.
Before introducing the articles for this month, Rob wrote something about the variability of rainfall this season –
Once again, the variability in rainfall has provided major challenges to the business of farming in Australia. While the following maps show the current expectations for grain production across Australia, they also reflect pasture availability. The predicted outcomes for grain production range from being in the lowest 5 years in the last 100 years to being in one of the best 10 years in the last 100 years.
Western Australia is showing a pattern we have seen before where the Northern Wheatbelt is looking at a well below average year across all zones. The low and medium rainfall zones of the Central, Southern and Esperance wheatbelt is finely balanced and a poor finish and/or late frosts will see the potential’s crashing to well below average.
The high rainfall zone is looking good for all these areas.
The medium and high rainfall zones of South Australia and Victoria look ok at this stage with some very good areas. NSW looks to be close to average at the border and gets worse as you head north, right through to the Darling Downs in Queensland. This will be the second year of little or no grain production for many dryland farms in this region
Articles for October include the following:
|Results of the annual Farmanco Client Survey, 2019 (by Keith Symondson, CEO)|
|Farmanco now runs an annual client survey||This year we received over 90 responses||Most clients believe our services to be good to excellent, but we still have some work to do on improvements to some products and newer services, which we’ve started|
|There’s appetite for new services, including paddock benchmarking and WHS (Work Health Safety) software|
|Free valuable information at your fingertips (by Rob Sands, Farm Management Consultant)|
|There is a range of Spatial Data on the internet, a lot of it is free||This data can be used to help you with your decision making||You can look within your own farm, but better still you can look outside your farm|
|The information available is very useful when looking to lease or purchase a farm||New technology and user-friendly web-based programs make it easy to access a lot of data that has been accumulated over time|
|Impact of the east coast drought on domestic grain flows (by Jane Packard, Grain Marketing Analyst)|
|WA & SA (especially west of Adelaide) are usually predominantly export states||On average, 66% of east coast production is consumed domestically||The east coast drought of 2018 changed these traditional grain trade flows, with trans-shipments moving west to east|
|Shipping grain from WA to QLD can be more economical than trucking grain from VIC to QLD||The volume of demand from the east is unlikely to be replicated this coming harvest, and therefore prices will not have the same support they had in 2018/19|
Every edition of Farmanco Facts includes Wool & Livestock Market Reports for both WA and NSW / VIC prepared by Richard Brake.