Weekly update - 16 April 2020

Weekly Australian Climate,
Water and Agricultural Update

Key issues

  • During the week ending 15 April 2020 rainfall was restricted to parts of northern and south-eastern Australia. Rainfall between 10 and 50 millimetres was recorded across parts of eastern and central New South Wales, north-western Queensland, eastern Victoria, the north and far south-west of Western Australia, north of the Northern Territory and much of Tasmania.
  • In Australia’s cropping regions, rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres were recorded across much of New South Wales, with falls greater than 50 millimetres in isolated areas of central and northern New South Wales. These falls will continue to build soil moisture profiles, support crop and pasture growth and increase planting confidence.
  • Over the next eight days, rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres are forecast for parts of far south-eastern Australia and isolated parts of north-eastern Queensland. Falls in excess of 50 millimetres are forecast across western Tasmania.
  • Across cropping regions, rainfall of between 5 and 15 millimetres is expected across parts of southern Victoria, southern South Australia and eastern Western Australia.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) increased between 8 April 2020 and 15 April 2020 by 3 gigalitres (GL). Current volume of water held in storage is 8,152 GL which represents 32 per cent of total capacity.
  • Allocation prices in the Victorian Murray below the Barmah choke remained relatively steady, changing from $395 per ML on 9 April 2020 to $397 per ML on 16 April 2020. Price gaps between catchments above and below the Barmah Choke, and the Goulburn-Broken and other regions continue, as a result of binding Barmah Choke and Goulburn intervalley trade limits.

Climate

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Rainfall this week

During the week ending 15 April 2020 rainfall was restricted to parts of northern and south-eastern Australia. Rainfall between 10 and 50 millimetres was recorded across parts of eastern and central New South Wales, north-western Queensland, eastern Victoria, the north and far south-west of Western Australia, north of the Northern Territory and much of Tasmania. Rainfall in excess of 50 millimetres was recorded across isolated areas of central New South Wales, north of the Northern Territory and western Tasmania.

In Australia’s cropping regions, rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres were recorded across much of New South Wales, with falls greater than 50 millimetres in isolated areas of central and northern New South Wales. These falls will continue to build soil moisture profiles, support crop and pasture growth and increase planting confidence. Little to no rainfall was recorded across cropping regions in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia during the week ending 15 April 2020.

Rainfall for the week ending 15 April 2020

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 2020, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 15/04/2020

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 http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/rainfall/

Temperature anomalies this week

For the week ending 14 April  2020, maximum temperatures were 2°C to 10°C above average across parts of south-western and north-eastern Australia and minimum temperatures were 2°C to 8°C above average across parts of south-western Australia. In contrast, maximum temperatures were 2°C to 4°C below average across parts of south-eastern Australia. Average (- 2°C to 2°C) minimum temperatures were recorded across the remainder of the country.

Maximum temperature anomalies for the week ending 14 April 2020

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 2020, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 15/04/2020

Minimum temperature anomalies for the week ending 14 April 2020

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 2020, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 15/04/2020

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: http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/awap/temp/index.jsp.

Rainfall forecast for the next 8 days

High pressure systems persisting over Australia are expected to restrict rainfall during the next eight days. Rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres are forecast for parts of far south-eastern Australia and isolated parts of north-eastern Queensland. Falls in excess of 50 millimetres are forecast across western Tasmania.

In cropping regions, rainfall of between 5 and 15 millimetres is expected across parts of southern Victoria, southern South Australia and eastern Western Australia. Little to no rainfall is expected across cropping regions in New South Wales, Queensland, and remaining cropping regions in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia during the next eight days.

Total forecast rainfall (mm) for the period 16 April 2020 to 23 April 2020

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 2020, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 16/04/2020

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 – 16 April 2020

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 15-Apr US$/A$ 0.63 0.61 3%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 0.72 -13%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 14-Apr US$/t 235 230 2%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 218 8%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Coarse Grains – US no. 2 yellow corn, fob Gulf 15-Apr US$/t 154 154 0% 163 -6%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Canola – Rapeseed, Canada, fob Vancouver 15-Apr US$/t 355 353 <1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 360 -1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Cotton – Cotlook 'A' Index 16-Apr USc/lb 63.7 61.7 3%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 87.1 -27%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 16-Apr USc/lb 10.3 10.4 <1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 12.7 -19%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Wool – Eastern Market Indicator 09-Apr Ac/kg clean 1,301 1,287 1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 1,936 -33%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Wool – Western Market Indicator 09-Apr Ac/kg clean 1,384 1,353 2%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 2,095 -34%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 03-Mar A$/t 351 358 -2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 289 21%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Feed Wheat – General purpose, Sydney, NSW 31-Mar A$/t 458 448 2%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 415 10%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Feed Barley – Sydney, NSW 31-Mar A$/t 372 366 2%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 396 -6%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Grain Sorghum – Sydney, NSW 31-Mar A$/t 404 394 3%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 432 -6%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 b 19-Mar Ac/kg cwt 742 766 -3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 441 68%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Mutton – Mutton indicator (18–24 kg fat score 2–3), Vic b 19-Mar Ac/kg cwt 718 761 -6%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 411 75%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 b 19-Mar Ac/kg cwt 941 960 -2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 647 45%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 03-Apr Ac/kg cwt 399 408 -2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 342 17%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) 13-Apr Ac/kg cwt 880 912 -4%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 636 38%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 11-Apr Ac/kg lwt 350 350 0% 280 25%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 09-Dec $/head 105 140 -25%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 108 -3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart

Global Dairy Trade (GDT) weighted average prices a

Dairy – Whole milk powder 07-Apr US$/t 2,820 2,797 <1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 3,287 -14%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Skim milk powder 07-Apr US$/t 2,514 2,527 <1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 2,468 2%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Cheddar cheese 07-Apr US$/t 4,395 4,398 <1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. 4,248 3%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Anhydrous milk fat 07-Apr US$/t 4,345 4,331 <1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. 5,867 -26%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.
b Note that several indicator price series for livestock are temporarily suspended. More information and temporary replacement series can be found at https://www.mla.com.au/prices-markets/market-news/changes-to-mlas-market-reporting/

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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