Weekly update - 23 May 2019

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Water and Agricultural Update

Key issues

  • During the week ending 22 May 2019 rainfall was mostly restricted to parts of northern, central and southern Australia. Little to no rainfall was recorded across the rest of Australia.
  • In cropping regions, rainfall of between 10 and 50 millimetres was recorded across western South Australia and southern Western Australia during the week ending 22 May 2019. Lighter falls of between 1 and 10 millimetres were recorded in the remaining South Australian and Western Australian cropping regions, as well as southern cropping regions in Victoria. Little to no rainfall was recorded across cropping regions in New South Wales and Queensland.
  • For the week ending 21 May 2019, maximum temperatures were 2°C to 4°C above average across north-western, central and south-eastern Australia. Minimum temperatures were 2°C to 8°C above average across central and north-eastern Australia. In contrast, minimum temperatures were -2°C to -6°C below average across the south-western quarter of Australia.
  • During the next eight days, little to no rainfall is expected across large areas of Australia. Rainfall is likely to be restricted to far north and south-eastern Australia.
  • In cropping regions, rainfall of between 10 and 25 millimetres is expected across parts of southern Victoria and central South Australia. Lighter falls of between 1 and 10 millimetres are expected in southern and central New South Wales and remaining cropping regions in Victoria and South Australia. Little to no rainfall is expected for cropping regions in northern New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) increased between 15 May and 21 May 2019 by 24 gigalitres (GL). The current volume of water held in storage is 8,300 GL which represents 33 per cent of total capacity. This is 36 percentage points or 4,630 GL less than at the same time last year.
  • Allocation prices in the southern Murray-Darling Basin decreased from $504 per ML in the week ending 6 May 2019 to $491 per ML in the week ending 13 May 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 22 May 2019 rainfall was mostly restricted to parts of northern, central and southern Australia. Little to no rainfall was recorded across the rest of Australia.

Rainfall of between 10 and 50 millimetres was recorded across parts of north-eastern New South Wales, the north and eastern coast of Queensland, southern Western Australia, northern and southern South Australia, western Tasmania, and the south and north of the Northern Territory. Higher rainfall in excess of 50 millimetres was recorded across north-eastern Queensland surrounding Cairns.

In cropping regions, rainfall of between 10 and 50 millimetres was recorded across western South Australia and southern Western Australia during the week ending 22 May 2019. Lighter falls of between 1 and 10 millimetres were recorded in the remaining South Australian and Western Australian cropping regions, as well as southern cropping regions in Victoria. Little to no rainfall was recorded across cropping regions in New South Wales and Queensland.

Rainfall analysis for the week ending 22 May 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: 22/05/2019

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 21 May 2019, maximum temperatures were 2°C to 4°C above average across north-western, central and south-eastern Australia. Minimum temperatures were 2°C to 8°C above average across central and north-eastern Australia. In contrast, minimum temperatures were - 2°C to - 6°C below average across the south-western quarter 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 21 May 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: 21/05/2019

Minimum temperature anomalies for the week ending 21 May 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: 21/05/2019

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, little to no rainfall is expected across large areas of Australia. Rainfall is likely to be restricted to far north and south-eastern Australia.

Rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres are forecast for parts of south-eastern New South Wales, much of Victoria, scattered areas along the north-east coast of Queensland, south-eastern South Australia and much of Tasmania. Heavier falls in excess of 50 millimetres are forecast for parts of eastern Victoria and western Tasmania.

In cropping regions, rainfall of between 10 and 25 millimetres is expected across parts of southern Victoria and central South Australia. Lighter falls of between 1 and 10 millimetres are expected in southern and central New South Wales and remaining cropping regions in Victoria and South Australia. Little to no rainfall is expected for cropping regions in northern New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

Total forecast rainfall (mm) for the period 23 May to 30 May 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: 23/05/2019

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 – 23 May 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 22-May US$/A$ 0.69 0.7 -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 Gulf 21-May US$/t 210 199 6%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 246 -15%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Coarse Grains – US no. 2 yellow corn, fob Gulf 22-May US$/t 173 160 8%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 180 -4%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Canola – Rapeseed, Europe, fob Hamburg 21-May US$/t 406 403 <1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 407 <1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Cotton – Cotlook 'A' Index 22-May USc/lb 77.6 79.0 -2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 94.2 -18%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 22-May USc/lb 11.7 11.8 <1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 11.8 <1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Wool – Eastern Market Indicator 16-May Ac/kg clean 1,893 1,952 -3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 1,943 -3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Wool – Western Market Indicator 17-May Ac/kg clean 1,995 2,062 -3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 2,080 -4%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, SA 21-May A$/t 252 244 3%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 283 -11%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Feed Wheat – General purpose, Sydney, NSW 22-May A$/t 365 365 0% 376 -3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Feed Barley – Sydney, NSW 22-May A$/t 363 369 -2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 350 4%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Canola – Portland, Vic. 29-Oct A$/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 22-May A$/t 360 360 0% 410 -12%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 16-May Ac/kg cwt 461 500 -8%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 491 -6%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 17-May Ac/kg cwt 559 568 -2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 486 15%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 16-May Ac/kg cwt 787 765 3%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 617 28%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 10-May Ac/kg cwt 338  338 0% 260 30%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) 20-May Ac/kg cwt 798 798 0% 484 65%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 18-May Ac/kg lwt 290 280 4%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 260 12%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 13-May $/head 135 110 23%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 95 42%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 powder 21-May US$/t 3,180 3,249 -2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 3,226 -1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Skim milk powder 21-May US$/t 2,529 2,521 <1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 2,047 24%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Cheddar cheese 21-May US$/t 4,851 4,217 15%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 4,205 15%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Anhydrous milk fat 21-May US$/t 6,140 6,217 -1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 6,354 -3%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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