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Harvest pressure, looming tariff fail to shake India’s interest in Australian wheat

India is expected to remain a volume buyer of Australian wheat until August at least, based on its requirement for methyl bromide fumigation at origin, and competitive ASW pricing against Indian new-crop into destinations in the country’s south. Richard Perkins speaks with Grain Central. Harvest pressure, looming tariff READ MORE


Strategies evolve as prices hit six-year lows

Industry-wide efforts to make sales and load ships are facing headwinds from offshore. Buyers are overwhelmed by three consecutive record world wheat crops and prices are at six-year lows. However, in this Grain Central article, Market Check’s General Manager, Tom Basnett, discusses how the outlook for ASW might not be so bearish, and encourages growers […] READ MORE


Grain pool products still distorted

Inflated reporting of estimated pool returns (EPRs) are still dogging the grain industry. Market Check Managing Director and Founder, Brett Stevenson, continues to advocate for transparency in the grain industry in this FarmOnline article, urging growers to look past the headline numbers and choose pools based on their management strategies. Read the full article READ MORE


New opportunity for Australian wheat as India axes import tax

India has dropped its 10% import tax on wheat to zero. Richard Perkins, Market Check’s Head of Advisory, discusses how this welcome move is¬†expected to trigger near-term sales for Australian wheat on this GrainCentral article. Read the full article READ MORE


Australian wheat sector hopes for Indian summer

Expectations that India may potentially have to import as much as four million tonnes of wheat this year comes as welcome¬†relief to Aussie farmers. In this Farm Online article, Richard Perkins, Market Check’s Head of Advisory, analyses this season’s¬†global supply and demand dynamic and¬†what it may mean for Australia. Read the full article READ MORE


Russia Becomes a Grain Superpower as Wheat Exports Explode

Experts expect the 2016 harvest to be the best Russia has seen in 25 years, and forecasts it could grow another 20 percent over the next decade. Tom Basnett, Market Check’s General Manager, comments on how Russia’s grain boom continues to affect world commodity markets on bloomberg.com. Read the full article READ MORE


Could Russia be the new wheat export Czar of 2016?

Market Check founder, Brett Stevenson, speaks on today’s Country Hour.¬†The subject of interest:¬†Could Russia be the biggest exporter of wheat in 2016? Hear¬†Brett offer a comprehensive analysis on the subject and much more at 6:45 minutes in. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-22/nsw-country-hour-monday-22-february-2016/7189758 READ MORE


Aussie wheat farmers are harvesting the benefits of the big slide in the dollar

A special feature on ABC News covers the effects of the sliding Australian dollar on the Aussie grain industry. In it, Market Check’s Founder, Brett Stevenson, discusses how the weak Australian dollar is cushioning our wheat prices from the effects of the current global supply surplus. What is¬†in store¬†for the Aussie wheat farmer? Listen to […] READ MORE


US Wheat Price Fall Not Being Matched in Australia

Founder, Brett Stevenson, discusses the current wheat price situation with Michael Condon of ABC Rural. The interview touches on a complex multitude¬†of factors that is keeping a premium on Australian prices, including the effect of low US prices and a weak AUD that is cushioning domestic pricing. Brett also discusses the effects of the¬†El Nino […] READ MORE


Vast Variation between Pool Operators

Gregor Heard The Land [email protected] Final 2013 pool returns of different managers vary as much as $40 per tonne, according to recently published Profarmer benchmarking analysis. Comparison of pool performance gives growers the opportunity to evaluate different providers on their track record rather than on their promises. The spectrum of results in NSW showed considerable […] READ MORE


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