Weekly update - 21 February 2019

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Water and Agricultural Update

Key issues

  • During the week ending 20 February 2019 rainfall was recorded across large areas of northern Australia, as well as isolated parts of south-eastern and south-western Australia.
  • In summer cropping regions, rainfall of between 10 and 25 millimetres was recorded across a small part of far northern growing regions in Queensland during the week ending 20 February 2019.
  • For the week ending 19 February 2019, maximum and minimum temperatures were generally 2°C to 8°C above average across large areas of northern and eastern Australia. In contrast, minimum temperatures were -2°C to -6°C below average across central Australia and parts of the far south of Australia.
  • During the next eight days, rainfall is expected to be restricted to parts of eastern and northern Australia.
  • In summer cropping regions, rainfall of between 10 and 25 millimetres is expected across northern and eastern cropping areas of Queensland.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) decreased by 149 gigalitres (GL) between 14 February 2019 and 20 February 2019. The current volume of water held in storage is 9,740 GL, which represents 39 per cent of total capacity.
  • Allocation prices in the southern Murray–Darling Basin increased from $490 per ML in the week ending 4 January 2019 to $526 per ML in the week ending 11 February 2019.

Climate

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Rainfall this week

During the week ending 20 February 2019 rainfall was recorded across large areas of northern Australia, as well as isolated parts of south-eastern and south-western Australia. Rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres were recorded across western Tasmania, areas of central and northern Queensland, the north of the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia. Higher rainfall totals in excess of 50 millimetres were recorded across scattered areas of tropical northern Australia.

In summer cropping regions, rainfall of between 10 and 25 millimetres was recorded across a small part of far northern growing regions in Queensland during the week ending 20 February 2019. Little to no rainfall was recorded across remaining summer cropping regions in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Rainfall analysis for the week ending 20 February 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: 20/02/2019

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 19 February 2019, maximum and minimum temperatures were generally 2°C to 8°C above average across large areas of northern and eastern Australia. In contrast, minimum temperatures were -2°C to -6°C below average across central Australia and parts of the far south of 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 19 February 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 2018, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 20/02/2019

Minimum temperature anomalies for the week ending 19 February 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 2018, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 20/02/2019

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 to be mainly restricted to the far east and north of Australia.

Rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres are forecast for the east coast of New South Wales, the east and far north of Queensland, far northeast of Western Australia and the north of the Northern Territory. Heavier falls in excess of 50 millimetres are forecast for scattered areas of north-eastern New South Wales, the east coast of Queensland, and isolated parts of northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

In summer cropping regions, rainfall of between 10 and 25 millimetres is expected across northern and eastern cropping areas of Queensland. Little to no rainfall is expected across other summer cropping regions of Queensland and New South Wales.
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.

Total forecast rainfall (mm) for the period 21 February to 28 February 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: 21/02/2019

Commodities

Current indicators – 21 February 2019

Indicator Week ended Unit Latest price Price week prior Weekly change Price 12 months prior Year on year change Chart

Selected world indicator prices

Australian Dollar – AUD/USD Exchange Rate 20-Feb US$/A$ 0.71 0.71 0% 0.79 -10%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 Gulf 19-Feb US$/t 235 241 -2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 239 -2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Coarse Grains – US no. 2 yellow corn, fob Gulf 20-Feb US$/t 173 173 0% 163 6%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Canola – Rapeseed, Europe, fob Hamburg 19-Feb US$/t 416 423 -2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 434 -4%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Cotton – Cotlook 'A' Index 20-Feb USc/lb 80.0 81.2 -1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 86.8 -8%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 contract 20-Feb USc/lb 13.0 12.8 2%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 13.4 -3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Wool – Eastern Market Indicator 07-Feb Ac/kg clean 1,944 1,934 <1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 1,818 7%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Wool – Western Market Indicator 08-Feb Ac/kg clean 2,101 2,094 <1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 1,921 9%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart

Selected domestic crop indicator prices

Milling Wheat – ASW1, track quote, Port Adelaide, SA 19-Feb A$/t 326 358 -9%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 239 36%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Feed Wheat – General purpose, Sydney, NSW 20-Feb A$/t 435 435 0% 270 61%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Feed Barley – Sydney, NSW 20-Feb A$/t 370 370 0% 274 35%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Canola – Portland, Vic. 29-Oct A$/t 597 na na 536 11%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Grain Sorghum – Sydney, NSW 20-Feb A$/t 375 370 1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 410 -9%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 Indicator 14-Feb Ac/kg cwt 460 475 -10%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 525 -12%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), Vic 15-Feb Ac/kg cwt 393 352 12%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 368 7%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Lamb – Eastern States Trade Lamb Indicator 14-Feb Ac/kg cwt 643 633 2%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 601 7%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 & sellers 08-Feb Ac/kg cwt 328 324 1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 277 18%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) 18-Feb Ac/kg cwt 588 588 0% 466 26%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 Indonesia 16-Feb Ac/kg lwt 340 325 5%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 320 6%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 East 18-Feb $/head 127  127  0% na na chart

Global Dairy Trade (GDT) weighted average prices a

Dairy – Whole milk powder 20-Feb US$/t 3,022 3,027 <1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 3,246 -7%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Skim milk powder 20-Feb US$/t 2,580 2,534 2%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 1,832 41%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Cheddar cheese 20-Feb US$/t 3,667 3,565 3%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 3,686 <1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Anhydrous milk fat 20-Feb US$/t 5,620 5,579 <1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 6,458 -13%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

Water storages, water markets and water allocations - current week

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