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Aussie Farmers Optimistic for Season Ahead

06 May 2011

AUSTRALIA - Most of WA's wheat belt still hasn't received enough rain for farmers to get stuck into seeding.

Some are dry seeding, while others are holding off for signs of a bit more soil moiture, writes ABC Rural.

A small consolation from last year's exceptionally dry year is that maybe residual nitrogen levels in soils are quite high.

We reported this morning thatAustralia's biggest feed barley customer has decided to shop elsewhere this year.

Saudi Arabia normally imports around eight million tonnes of Australian feed barley each year to feed its sheep flock.

But that figure has dropped to around six million tonnes mainly because adverse weather conditions in Australia have limited feed barley production and that's pushed up the price and that's convinced the Saudi to look elsewhere for cheaper barley.

The premium for non-genetically modified canola looks set to continue at least into next season, according to Western Australia's largest grain handler.

Non-genetically modified canola has been fetching a premium of up to $50 per tonne in recent months.

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