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Australian Bureau Of Statistics

The Australian Bureau Of Statistics has released bulk storage wheat grain statistics for April 2011.

Key Points

Victor P Taffa

At the end of April 2011, Australia’s bulk storage of wheat grain was estimated at 17.3 Million tonnes. This represents a decrease of around 1.4 Million tonnes (8%) of wheat grain stored when compared to March 2011. Stocks of wheat grain are up by 36% compared to April 2010.

All states, other than Victoria (up by 77,000 tonnes), reported decreases in stocks of wheat grain compared to March 2011. Western Australia had the most significant fall with 567,000 tonnes. New South Wales and South Australia had the largest amounts of wheat grain stored by bulk grain handlers with 6.2 Million tonnes and 4.2 Million tonnes respectively.

The wet harvest season contributed to a lower quality yield of wheat grain and this has continued from March into April 2011. Of the total wheat grain stored by bulk grain handlers, milling grade accounted for 9.5 Million tonnes (55%) and feed grade 7.8 Million tonnes (45%). This compares to 86% (11.0 Million tonnes) for milling and 14% (1.7 Million tonnes) for feed in April 2010.

STOCKS OF WHEAT GRAIN STORED BY BULK GRAIN HANDLERS, at month end


WHEAT GRAIN STORED BY STATE

WHEAT GRAIN STORED BY GRADE(a)

NSW(b)

Vic.(c)

Qld

SA

WA

Aust.

Milling

Feed

‘000 t

‘000 t

‘000 t

‘000 t

‘000 t

‘000 t

‘000 t

‘000 t


2009-10(d)
April

2, 667

1, 301

821

3, 178

4, 803

12, 770

11, 043

1, 727

May

2, 238

1, 137

694

2, 895

4, 186

11, 150

9, 729

1, 421

June

1, 997

986

608

2, 566

3, 727

9, 884

8, 642

1, 242

July

1, 451

678

457

2, 177

3, 137

7, 900

7, 025

875

August

1, 351

603

397

1, 723

2, 613

6, 687

5, 938

749

September(d)

972

487

320

1, 393

1, 943

5, 115

4, 530

585

2010-11(d)
October

567

300

193

898

1, 482

3, 440

3, 066

374

November

2,687

218

1, 105

906

3, 534

8, 450

6, 316

2, 134

December

5, 974

2, 048

1, 217

4, 044

4, 927

18, 210

11, 308

6, 902

January

7, 825

3, 426

1, 150

5, 415

4, 346

22, 162

12, 468

9, 694

February

7, 010

3, 343

1, 066

5, 105

3, 847

20, 371

11, 551

8, 820

March

6, 661

3, 085

929

4, 589

3, 476

18, 740

10, 280

8, 460

April

6, 169

3, 162

838

4, 229

2, 909

17, 307

9, 487

7, 820


(a) Wheat grain is graded by quality.
(b) Includes ACT.
(c) Includes Tas.
(d) The end of September is used to represent the closing stocks of wheat grain prior to the commencement of the next harvest period (October to September).

 

Effects Of Floods

Extensive flooding began in late December 2010 in Queensland and was more wide spread in both Queensland and other states in January 2011. While the effects of the floods were severe, any impacts on levels of wheat grain stocks held by bulk grain handlers have been surpassed by a high yield wheat grain season. However, the poor season and difficult harvest conditions contributed to a reduction in quality of the grain.

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