Australian Wheat Production, Exports Forecast to be Lowest in 11 Years
World-Grain – 10/22/2018
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Oct. 12 forecast Australian wheat production and exports in 2018-19 to be the lowest since 2007-08. The USDA forecast Australian wheat production in 2018-19 at 18.5 million tonnes, down 1.5 million tonnes from the September outlook, down 2.8 million tonnes, or 13%, from 21.3 million tonnes in 2017-18 and compared with a record 31.8 million tonnes in 2016-17. The USDA’s initial forecast for the 2018-19 Australian crop, which was issued in May of this year, was 24 million tonnes.
Ukraine Proposes New Wheat Standards
Successful Farming – 10/22/2018
Ukraine is reviewing its wheat standards, reducing the number of wheat classes to four from the current six, the draft document showed on Monday. According to proposals, soft wheat will have three milling wheat classes and one feed wheat class. The first class wheat should have at least 14 percent protein content while the second class protein will be at no less than 12.5 percent. The third class should have at least 11 percent protein.
Paris Wheat Slips to Three-Week Low, Polish Prices Up On Week
Reuters – 10/22/2018
Euronext wheat futures eased on Monday to their lowest in almost three weeks as tepid export activity and fresh losses in Chicago kept the European market under pressure. But a weaker euro, chart support at the psychological 200 euro level and the prospect of tightening global supplies this season all underpinned prices. December milling wheat on Paris-based Euronext settled 1 euro down at 200.25 euros, a session low and its weakest level since Oct. 2.
Wheat Breeding Must Account for Warmer, Wetter Climates in North America and Russia, New Study Shows
Seed Today – 10/19/2018
Breeders of spring wheat for North America and Russia need to adapt their varieties to the regions’ changing climates, which are bringing longer and wetter wheat growing seasons, according to a scientific paper published Oct. 17. Published by a five-country team of wheat researchers, the study analyzed changes in wheat yields, along with air temperatures and precipitation, on farms and research stations in Canada, Kazakhstan, Russia, and the USA, from 1981 to 2015.
Delayed Wheat Planting
US AgNet – 10/23/2018
Wet weather has delayed wheat planting in many areas of the state. Generally, the best time to plant wheat is the 10-day period starting the day after the fly-free-safe date. When wheat is planted more than 10-days after the fly-free-safe date, there is an increased chance of reduced fall growth and reduced winter hardiness.
Source: U.S. Wheat Associates