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A drone photo of wheat being harvested near Moree, Australia, Oct. 27.

Just when Australia needs it, wheat farmers start bumper harvest

Australia to produce third-biggest wheat crop in 30 years as Black Sea conditions lead to wheat price rise

Reuters – For the past few years, crop machinery has sat idle in many Australian farm sheds as a devastating drought left almost nothing to harvest across the country’s pancake-flat eastern Wheat Belt. As the southern summer approaches, however, Ben Ledingham now watches combine harvesters race up and down wheat fields on his family’s property

Barley trade routes redrawn as China tariff hits Australian farmers

China's barley purchases from Canada more than double last year's

Sydney/Paris | Reuters — Out in Australia’s grain fields, farmers have started harvesting one of their biggest-ever barley crops, after drought-relieving rains convinced many to plant to the edges of their paddocks. Yet the tractors are working under the cloud of a new tariff imposed by China — seen widely as retaliation for Australia’s push




Cotton latest casualty in China-Australia spat

Australian barley, cotton and wine producers are now all under the gun

In the latest round of a China-Australia spat side-swiping agricultural trade, China has ordered cotton mills to stop buying Australian supplies. That word came Oct. 16 from an Australian government source and two China-based cotton traders briefed on the matter. Relations soured after Canberra accused China of meddling in domestic affairs, and worsened when Prime Minister Scott



Australia lowers barley export forecast after China tariff

Reuters – Australia has lowered its forecast for barley exports during the 2020-21 season by around six per cent after China imposed a tariff that effectively ended the billion-dollar trade between them. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) said barley exports during the 2020-21 season will total 6.155 million tonnes,



U.S. grains: Soybeans extend rally on Chinese demand

Wheat down as Australia lifts harvest forecast

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose on Tuesday to notch an 11th-straight higher daily close, supported by a mix of chart-based buying, continued demand from top global buyer China and worries about U.S. crop potential, analysts said. Corn futures also climbed while wheat futures fell as larger harvests in Australia signalled greater export

China ban turns Australian barley growers toward domestic market

Growers may shift to alternative crops next season

Sydney | Reuters — Australian farmers will be forced to sell their barley supplies to the domestic livestock industry or cheaper international markets after China effectively banned imports from Australia, farmers said on Wednesday. China late on Tuesday said it would ban barley imports from Australia’s largest grain exporter, just weeks after it slapped a