Here we have compiled a list of recent grain industry news and information to help keep you informed. If you have any other industry news that you would like us to post here then please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to do so.

  • 9th Jun 2017 GIWA Crop Report

    • GIWA updated their crop area estimates for the 2017 season.

    • WA is expected to plant 7.95m ha; down 0.4% from the May report.

    • Area estimates for June vs. May:


      • Wheat: 4.88m ha, down 0.4%.

      • Barley: 1.29m ha, up 0.5%.

      • Canola: 1.19m ha, down 0.4%.

      • Oats: 0.21m ha, down 3.7%.

      • Lupins: 0.35m ha, down 0.6%.

      • Field Pea: 0.031m ha, unchanged.


  • 31st May 2017 CBH/Plum Grove Managed Pool

    • CBH and Plum Grove will offer a Managed Pool product for the 2017-18 season.

    • Contracting period is 6-16th June.

    • Hedging period guidelines: 35% by September, 65% by December and 90% by March.

    • The pool finalisation date is May 2018.

    • The cost of this pool is 3.25% (FOB).

  • 15th May 2017 GIWA Crop Report

    • GIWA updated their crop area estimates for the 2017 season.

    • WA expected to plant 7.98m ha; up 5.3% from the April report.

    • Oat plantings saw a large reduction in forecast hectares, down 17% from last month.

    • Area estimates for May:


      • Wheat: 4.9m ha, up 10%.

      • Barley: 1.28m ha, up 0.9%.

      • Canola: 1.2m ha, down 1%.

      • Oats: 0.22m ha, down 16%.

      • Lupins: 0.35m ha, down 1.5%.

      • Field Pea: 0.031m ha, up 0.6%.


  • 27th Apr 2017 Flinders Barley

    • CBH has raised concerns over the varietal purity of Flinders.

    • If you are growing, or about to seed Flinders, please refer to the important information released by CBH, or discuss with Intergrain.

  • 26th Apr 2017 Emerald Payment Terms

    • Emerald have changed their payment terms from 7 days end of week to 7 days from the date of transfer.

    • This will come into effect from the 1st of May 2017 and applies to all new and existing contracts.

    • Any growers with 2017/18 cash contracts will have their payment terms updated to 7 days from the day of grain transfer.

  • 13th Apr 2017 GIWA: Trifluralin on Oats

    • The Grain Industry Association of Western Australia Oat Council has announced they have secured a permit for the use of Treflan 480 Herbicide, plus other registered products containing trifluralin as their only active constituent for pre-emergent herbicides on oats.

    • The permit extends from the 4th of April 2017 to the 31st of March 2022.

    • More information can be found on the GIWA website.

  • 13th Feb 2017 GIWA Final Production Estimates for 2016

    • 18.2mmt total grain production for WA.

    • This was 23% higher than the 2015 harvest.

    • Wheat 10.17mmt (up 10% on last year).

    • Barley 4.17mmt (up 35%).

    • Canola 2.15mmt (up 39%).

    • Oats 0.93mmt (up 80%).

    • Lupins 0.71mmt (up 58%).

    • Peas 0.004mmt (up 3%).

  • 13th Feb 2017 GIWA Noodle Wheat Update

    • In response to concerns of lower protein wheat in WA in 2016, the following will be implemented for this season only;

    • Minimum noodle wheat protein blend has been lowered to 9.7% (previously was 10%).

    • APW1 has been included as an allowable grade in the noodle wheat blend.

    • MAFF resumed the noodle wheat tender this month.

  • 7th Feb 2017 WA Harvest

    • The 2016-17 harvest saw a record 16.62mmt of grain delivered to the CBH network.

    • CBH managed to ship a record 1.88mmt during the month of January.

    • Full shipping stem details for upcoming shipments are available on the CBH website.

    • This tonnage does not include retained seed on-farm, grain delivered to end users, or grain delivered into the Bunge system.

  • 7th Feb 2017 Deferred Contracting Options

    • Deferred 16/17 contract options are available with CBH paying premiums for July payment.

    • The deferred July premium for barley has been reduced from $3/t to $1/t.

    • CBH will pay a $3/t premium for wheat and $2/t for oats and lupins.

  • 11th Jan 2017 Quality Optimisation Dates

    • The cut off dates for quality optimisation for the 16-17 season are approaching.

    • QO closes in Esperance and Geraldton on Friday the 13th January.

    • Albany and Kwinana QO close on Friday 20th January.

    • Ensure all grain has been optimised before these dates.

  • 15th Nov 2016 BFED3

    • CBH are now pricing a BFED3 cash price.

    • The BFED3 price is currently at a -$30 spread to CBHs BFED1. Eg. Kwi is at $163.

    • As with any price item, you can add BFED3 to you portal/app.

  • 9th Nov 2016 AGE

    • Australian Grain Export Pty Ltd, or AGE, has started posting prices for wheat today in the Kwinana, Albany and Esperance port zones.

    • AGE is based out of South Australia and has been trading grain out of SA since the mid 1990s.

    • They had one shipping slot in WA last season.

    • AGE is expected to have 12-14 days end of week payment terms.

  • 7th Nov 2016 GIWA Crop Report

    • GIWA released their Crop Report for November.

    • Forecast grain production in WA was reduced by 11% to 15mmt from last month.

    • Barley production downgraded the most (-16%), while wheat was down 13%.

    • Estimates for this year in mmt (last year in brackets):


      • Wheat: 9mmt (9.2)

      • Barley: 2.7mmt (3.1)

      • Canola: 1.7mmt (1.5)

      • Oats: 0.76mmt (0.51)

      • Lupins: 0.72mmt (0.45)

      • Field peas: 0.042mmt (0.035)


  • 26th Oct 2016 First Direct to Vessel (DTV) Closes

    • The first Direct to Vessel (DTV) opportunity of the season closed yesterday afternoon.

    • The opportunity was for GM Canola (CAG1) delivered to Geraldton port.

    • A rebate of $3.80/t is available to growers and merchants will receive $3.50/t.

    • There are currently four other DTV opportunities across Esperance and Geraldton ports.