Weekly update - 20 June 2019

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Water and Agricultural Update

Key issues

  • Rainfall was recorded across winter cropping regions in southern and central New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia during the week ending 19 June 2019. These falls are likely to support crop germination and growth and improve soil moisture levels in these regions.
  • Cropping regions in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland continue to record little to no rainfall following relatively low rainfall during autumn and early June.
  • A substantial follow-up rainfall event has been forecast for the next 8‑day for winter cropping regions across Western Australia, with rainfall totals of between 10 to 50 millimetres expected.
  • Lighter falls of between 5 and 15 millimetres are expected in the western South Australia cropping regions. Little to no rainfall is expected in the New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and remaining cropping regions in South Australia.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) increased between 12 June and 19 June 2019 by 151 gigalitres (GL). Current volume of water held in storage is 8,783 GL which represents 35 per cent of total capacity. This is 34 percentage points or 4,598 GL less than at the same time last year.
  • Allocation prices in the southern Murray-Darling Basin increased from $343 per ML in the week ending 3 June 2019 to $543 per ML in the week ending 10 June 2019. Water volume traded remains low as we approach the end of the current water season and water demand declines. 

Climate

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Rainfall this week

During the week ending 19 June 2019 rainfall was recorded across scattered areas of southern, eastern and northern Australia. Little to no rainfall was recorded across the rest of Australia.

Rainfall totals of between 10 to 25 millimetres were recorded across some winter cropping regions in southern New South Wales, southern Victoria and South Australia during the week ending 19 June 2019. These moderate falls are likely to support crop germination and growth and improve soil moisture levels in these regions.

Remaining cropping regions in southern and central New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia recorded 1 to 10 millimetres of rainfall during the week ending 19 June 2019. These falls come after a favourable start to June. Cropping regions in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland that recorded low autumn rainfall have record little to no rainfall during June.

Rainfall analysis for the week ending 19 June 2019

Map showing weekly rainfall totals in Australia. Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Please refer to accompanying text for a more detailed description. 

©Commonwealth of Australia 2019, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 19/06/2019

Note: The rainfall analyses and associated maps utilise data contained in the Bureau of Meteorology climate database, the Australian Data Archive for Meteorology (ADAM). The analyses are initially produced automatically from real-time data with limited quality control. They are intended to provide a general overview of rainfall across Australia as quickly as possible after the observations are received. For further information go to Weekly Rainfall Update.

Temperature anomalies this week

For the week ending 18 June 2019, across northern and eastern Australia maximum temperatures were 2°C to 6°C above average and minimum temperatures were 2°C to 10°C above average. In contrast, minimum temperatures were - 2°C to - 8°C below average across central and the west of Western Australia. Average (- 2°C to 2°C) minimum and maximum temperatures were recorded across the remainder of the country.

Maximum temperature anomalies for the week ending 18 June 2019

Map showing maximum temperature anomalies for Australia. Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Please refer to accompanying text for a more detailed description. 

©Commonwealth of Australia 2019, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 18/06/2019

Minimum temperature anomalies for the week ending 18 June 2019

Map showing minimum temperature anomalies for Australia. Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Please refer to accompanying text for a more detailed description. 

©Commonwealth of Australia 2019, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 18/06/2019

Note: Spatial temperature analyses are based on historical weekly temperature data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. These temperature anomaly maps show the departure of the maximum and minimum temperatures from the average over the 1961 to 1990 reference period. For further information go to Daily maximum temperature for Australia.

Rainfall forecast for the next 8 days

During the next eight days, rainfall is expected across south-western and eastern Australia.  

Rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres are forecast for parts of eastern New South Wales, south-eastern Queensland and the south-west of Western Australia. Rainfall in excess of 50 millimetres is forecast for parts of far south-west Western Australia.

In cropping regions, rainfall of between 10 and 50 millimetres is expected across Western Australia. Lighter falls of between 5 and 15 millimetres are expected in the western South Australia cropping regions. Little to no rainfall is expected in the New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and remaining cropping regions in South Australia.  

Total forecast rainfall (mm) for the period 20 June to 27 June 2019

Map of the total forecast rainfall for the next 8 days. Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Please refer to accompanying text for a more detailed description. 

©Commonwealth of Australia 2019, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 20/06/2019

Note: This rainfall forecast is produced from computer models. As the model outputs are not altered by weather forecasters, it is important to check local forecasts and warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Commodities

Current indicators – 20 June 2019

IndicatorWeek endedUnitLatest pricePrice week priorWeekly changePrice 12 months priorYear on year changeChart

Selected World Indicator Prices

Australian Dollar – AUD/USD Exchange Rate19-JunUS$/A$0.690.7-1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.0.75-8%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Wheat – US no. 2 hard red winter wheat, fob Gulf18-JunUS$/t2292223%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.244-6%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Coarse Grains – US no. 2 yellow corn, fob Gulf19-JunUS$/t2001905%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.16223%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Canola – Rapeseed, Europe, fob Hamburg18-JunUS$/t409411<1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.3895%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Cotton – Cotlook 'A' Index19-JunUSc/lb77.477.7<1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.98.3-21%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Sugar – Intercontinental Exchange, nearby futures, no.11 contract19-JunUSc/lb12.712.52%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.12.15%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Wool – Eastern Market Indicator13-JunAc/kg clean1,8231,864-2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.2,021-10%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Wool – Western Market Indicator14-JunAc/kg clean1,937nana2,188-11%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart

Selected domestic crop indicator prices

Milling Wheat – ASW1, track quote, Port Adelaide, SA18-JunA$/t2862812%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.285<1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Feed Wheat – General purpose, Sydney, NSW19-JunA$/t3803800%3751%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Feed Barley – Sydney, NSW19-JunA$/t365369-1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.3504%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Canola – Portland, Vic.29-OctA$/t597 nana53611%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Grain Sorghum – Sydney, NSW19-JunA$/t355360-1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.410-13%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart

Selected domestic livestock indicator prices

Beef – Eastern Young Cattle Indicator13-JunAc/kg cwt475487-2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.479<1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Mutton – Mutton indicator (18–24 kg fat score 2–3), Vic14-JunAc/kg cwt592602-2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.48821%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Lamb – Eastern States Trade Lamb Indicator13-JunAc/kg cwt845873-3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.65429%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Pig – Eastern Seaboard (60.1–75 kg), average of buyers & sellers07-JunAc/kg cwt351350<1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.25140%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Goat – Eastern States (12.1–16 kg)17-JunAc/kg cwt9389380%50885%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Live cattle – Light steers ex Darwin to Indonesia15-JunAc/kg lwt2902900%26012%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Live sheep – Live wether (Muchea WA saleyard) to Middle East13-May$/head13511023%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.9542%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart

Global Dairy Trade (GDT) weighted average prices a

Dairy – Whole milk powder18-JunUS$/t3,0663,138-4%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.3,189-6%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Skim milk powder18-JunUS$/t2,3582,436-3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.2,00318%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Cheddar cheese18-JunUS$/t3,7813,950-4%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.3,847-2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Anhydrous milk fat18-JunUS$/t5,5305,752-4%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.6,060-9%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart

a Global Dairy Trade prices are updated twice monthly on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Selected world indicator prices
Selected domestic crop indicator prices
Selected domestic livestock indicator prices
Global dairy trade weighted average prices
Movements in selected fruit and vegetable prices
Data attribution

Water

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Last reviewed:
20 Jun 2019