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.

  • 14th May 2018 GIWA May Crop Report

    • GIWA updated crop area estimates for the 2018 season.

    • WA is expected to plant 8.26m ha; down 1.1% from the April report.

    • Area estimates for May (% change from April in brackets):


      • Wheat: 4.85m ha (2.1%)

      • Barley: 1.53m ha (6.2%)

      • Canola: 1.2m ha (-15.2%)

      • Oats: 0.29m ha (-9.4%)

      • Lupins: 0.36m ha (-10%)

      • Pulses: 0.034m ha (0%)


  • 16th Apr 2018 GIWA Crop Report

    • GIWA released crop area estimates for the 2018 season.

    • WA is expected to plant 8.36m ha; up from the 2017 area estimate of 7.83m ha.

    • Area estimates for April (previous 2017 published estimates in brackets):


      • Wheat: 4.75m ha (4.74)

      • Barley: 1.44m ha (1.32)

      • Canola: 1.42m ha (1.19)

      • Oats: 0.32m ha (0.21)

      • Lupins: 0.4m ha (0.33)

      • Pulses: 0.034m ha (0.031)


  • 19th Mar 2018 GIWA Oat Accreditation Update
    • Commercial milling trials on the oat variety Durack has resulted in it being accredited as OAT2 only. Durack did not meet industry standard for β-glucan content.
    • The new oat variety, Kowari, met all physical and nutritional specifications on its commercial milling trial and has been accepted into OAT1 milling classification in WA.
    • Based on Kowari agronomic performance in trials, it is not expected to compete with high yielding varieties Bannister or Williams.

  • 8th Mar 2018 WA Malt Barley Recommendations

    • GIWA released malting barley variety recommendations for the 2018/19 harvest.

    • Bass, La Trobe and Scope will continue to be the main malt varieties.

    • Flinders is gaining traction with international customers; demand is expected to grow as volume grows.

    • There will be limited harvest segregations for Baudin in the Esperance port zone. Baudin growers in Kwinana and Albany should discuss contracting opportunities with their preferred acquirer before seeding.

    • Hindmarsh has been removed from the list of segregated varieties and will be delivered into feed stacks during the 2018/19 harvest. As a result, demand for La Trobe in the shochu market in Japan is expected to increase as no other varieties except Baudin are accepted into that market.

  • 2nd Mar 2018 Spartacus and Compass Malting Barley Accreditation

    • Barley Australia has announced the malting accreditation of Spartacus and Compass barley varieties.

    • It is too early to know Spartacus segregation requirements for the 2018/19 harvest. Compass segregations for the 2018/19 harvest are unlikely as uptake of the variety in WA to date has been limited.

    • RGT Planet and IGB1305 have made stage 2 accreditation, with final consideration to be made in Feb 2019.

  • 15th Feb 2018 GIWA February Crop Report

    • GIWA have released their 2017 season summary report.

    • 2017 WA grain production totaled 14.27mmt, down 21% from the 2016 season.

    • Wheat: 7.6mmt, down 25% from 2016.

    • Barley: 3.8mmt, down 9%.

    • Canola: 1.9mmt, down 12%.

    • Oats: 0.48mmt, down 48%.

    • Lupins: 0.45mmt, down 37%.

    • Field Pea: 0.045mmt, up 25%.

  • 7th Dec 2017 GIWA Dec Crop Update for WA

    GIWA updated their estimates for the WA crop today.


    Total production of all grains was increased to 13.5mt (vs. 12.3mmt last month).


    Port zone estimates for production (not deliveries) are:



    • Kwi 6.0mmt

    • Alb 3.2mmt

    • Esp 2.8mmt

    • Ger 1.5mmt


    Estimates by commodity for WA are (last year in brackets):



    • Wheat 7.4mmt (10.2)

    • Barley 3.4mmt (4.2)

    • Canola 1.8mmt (2.2)

    • Oats 0.5mmt (0.9)

    • Lupins 0.4mmt (0.7)

    • Peas 0.05mmt (0.04)

  • 28th Nov 2017 Quality Optimisation Cut-off Dates



    • The Quality Optimisation cut off dates are the 12th Jan 2018 for Esp/Ger zone.

    • Alb/Kwi QO closes on the 19th Jan 2018.

  • 13th Nov 2017 GIWA Crop Report

    • 12.3mmt of grain produced in WA from 2017 harvest, up 7% on last month.

    • Wheat 6.9mmt, up 9% on Oct.

    • Barley 3.2mmt.

    • Canola 1.3mmt.

    • Oats 0.5mmt.

    • Lupins 0.37mmt.

    • Peas 0.05mmt.

  • 27th Oct 2017 Direct to Vessel

    • CBH Grain have opened their first DTV of the season (Glencore was the initial one earlier this week).

    • The DTV window is now open for Feed Barley to be delivered to Esperance Port.

    • The rebate is $3.80/t.

    • The delivery/nomination window is from the 26th of October to 15th November 2017.

  • 24th Oct 2017 First DTV of the Season

    • The first Direct To Vessel (DTV) for this season was released yesterday.

    • Glencores DTV window is now open for 17/18 BFED1 at Esperance Terminal.

    • The grower rebate is $3.80/t.

    • The transfer window is between Saturday 21st of October to Friday 10th of November, but could close earlier if capacity is filled.

  • 13th Oct 2017 GIWA WA Crop Update

    GIWA updated their estimates for the WA crop today.


    Total production of all grains was increased to 11.53mt (vs. 10.26mmt last month).


    Port zone estimates for production (not deliveries) are:



    • Kwi 4.95mmt

    • Alb 2.95mmt

    • Esp 2.43mmt

    • Ger 1.20mmt


    Estimates by commodity are:



    • Wheat 6.31mmt

    • Barley 3.04mmt

    • Canola 1.26mmt

    • Oats 0.48mmt

    • Lupins 0.38mmt

    • Peas 0.045mmt

  • 12th Oct 2017 Riverina and Agrex Merger

    • Agrex has reverted to their previous trading name Riverina.

    • The official business name is Riverina (Australia) Pty Ltd.

    • The head office will be in Brisbane and the Perth office will remain operative.

    • The merge transaction is expected to be completed in late October.

    • Riverina expect to release bids to the market in late October.

  • 5th Oct 2017 Spartacus Update

    • CBH will be offering limited segregations for Spartacus barley in Kwinana zone only for this harvest.

    • Sites include MGC, Cunderdin, Yealering and Merredin.

    • The segregations will have MALT1 receival standards.

    • Spartacus is still undergoing malt accreditation with Barley Australia with a final decision expected in March 2018.

    • These limited segregations will help with market development and commercial trials.

  • 3rd Oct 2017 CBH Rebates

    • Individual rebate balance summaries are now available on Loadnet.

    • Under the Financial tab, you have the option to choose the fees that you wish to have your total rebate value offset against: (a) Receival Fees (b) Freight Fees (c) Storage Fees (d) Warehouse Outturn Fees.

    • You can choose multiple fees, but you cannot choose an order of preference.

    • All rebate offsets will default to the receival fees.