Weekly update - 1 November 2018

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Water and Agricultural Update

Key issues

  • During the week ending 31 October 2018 rainfall was recorded across parts of northern, central, eastern, and the far south of Australia.
  • In cropping regions, rainfall totals of between 10 and 100 millimetres were recorded in northern and central cropping regions in Queensland. For remaining cropping regions, little or no rainfall was recorded.
  • For the week ending 30 October 2018, maximum and minimum temperatures were generally above average (2°C to 6°C) across much of the country, with areas of 6°C to 10°C above average maximum and minimum temperatures evident across western Queensland and the east of the Northern Territory.
  • During the next eight days, rainfall is expected across all states and territories, with the heaviest falls forecast for the south-east, centre and far north of Australia.
  • In cropping regions, rainfall of between 10 and 50 millimetres is expected across most of New South Wales, Victoria, some northern Queensland cropping regions, South Australia and the south-east of Western Australia. For remaining cropping regions, little or no rainfall is forecast for the next 8 days.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) decreased during the week ending 1 November 2018 by 207 gigalitres (GL) to 11,103 GL and are at 49 per cent of total capacity.
  • Allocation prices in the southern Murray-Darling Basin increased in the week ending 1 November 2018 to $371 per ML. This is an increase of $7 from the same time last week.

Climate

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Rainfall this week

During the week ending 31 October 2018 rainfall was recorded across parts of the north, centre, east, and far south of the country. Rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres were recorded across parts of northern and eastern Queensland, south-western and north-western South Australia and parts of eastern and central Western Australia. Similar totals were recorded across western Tasmania and parts of western Northern Territory.

Higher rainfall totals in excess of 50 millimetres were recorded in isolated parts of eastern Queensland. The highest recorded weekly total was 103 millimetres at Peakvale Station, in the Central Highlands region of Queensland.

In cropping regions, rainfall totals were highly variable. Falls of between 10 and 100 millimetres were recorded in northern and central cropping regions in Queensland. For remaining cropping regions, little or no rainfall was recorded.

Rainfall analysis for the week ending 31 October 2018

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 2018, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 31/10/2018

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 30 October 2018, maximum and minimum temperatures were generally above average (2°C to 6°C) across much of the country, with areas of 6°C to 10°C above average maximum and minimum temperatures evident across western Queensland and eastern Northern Territory. Below average (-2°C to -6°C) minimum temperatures were recorded across parts of southern Australia.

Maximum temperature anomalies for the week ending 30 October 2018

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: 31/10/2018

Minimum temperature anomalies for the week ending 30 October 2018

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: 31/10/2018

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 all states and territories, with the heaviest falls forecast for the south-east, centre and far north of Australia.

Rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres are forecast for most of New South Wales, Victoria, parts of eastern Queensland, most of South Australia, the south-east and north-east of Western Australia, Tasmania and the south-west and east of the Northern Territory. Heavier falls in excess of 50 millimetres are expected across alpine regions of New South Wales, western Tasmania and parts of the tropical far north of the country.

In cropping regions, rainfall of between 10 and 50 millimetres is expected across most of New South Wales, Victoria, some northern Queensland cropping regions, South Australia and the south-east of Western Australia. For remaining cropping regions, little or no rainfall is forecast for the next 8 days.

This rainfall forecast is produced from computer models. As it contains no input from weather forecasters, it is important to check local forecasts and warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Total forecast rainfall (mm) for the period 1 to 8 November 2018

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 2018, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 1/11/2018

Commodities

Current indicators – 1 November 2018

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

Selected world indicator prices

Australian Dollar – AUD/USD Exchange Rate31-OctUS$/A$0.710.710%0.77-8%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Wheat – US no. 2 hard red winter wheat, fob Gulf30-OctUS$/t236239-1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.21510%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 Gulf31-OctUS$/t159161-1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.1497%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Canola – Rapeseed, Europe, fob Hamburga30-OctUS$/t4314310%428<1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Cotton – Cotlook 'A' Index31-OctUSc/lb86.887.9-1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.79.49%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Sugar – Intercontinental Exchange, nearby futures, no.11 contract31-OctUSc/lb13.713.9-1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.14.6-6%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Wool – Eastern Market Indicator25-OctAc/kg clean1,8741,970-5%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.1,57819%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Wool – Western Market Indicator26-OctAc/kg clean2,0332,094-3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.1,63424%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, SA30-OctA$/t375399-6%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.21872%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Feed Wheat – General purpose, Sydney, NSW24-OctA$/t4554550%25876%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Feed Barley – Sydney, NSW24-OctA$/t4354204%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.25173%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Canola – Portland, Vic.29-OctA$/t597--7%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.53611%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Grain Sorghum – Sydney, NSW24-OctA$/t4104100%30435%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart

Selected domestic livestock indicator prices

Beef – Eastern Young Cattle Indicator25-OctAc/kg cwt5415194%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.566-4%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), Vic26-OctAc/kg cwt4674465%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.4474%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Lamb – Eastern States Trade Lamb Indicator25-OctAc/kg cwt7887377%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.62426%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 & sellers19-OctAc/kg cwt2752750%277<1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Goat – Eastern States (12.1-16 kg)29-OctAc/kg cwt5385380%49110%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 Indonesia27-OctAc/kg lwt3003000%330-9%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Live sheep – Live wether (Muchea WA saleyard) to Middle East22-Oct$/head1089217%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.124-13%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart

Global Dairy Trade weighted average pricesa

Dairy – Whole milk powder16-OctUS$/t2,7292,753<1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.3,014-9%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Skim milk powder16-OctUS$/t1,9771,982<1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.1,79710%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Cheddar cheese16-OctUS$/t3,4043,468-2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.4,107-17%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Anhydrous milk fat16-OctUS$/t5,1065,069<1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.6,841-25%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
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Last reviewed:
01 Nov 2018