Central West NSW
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Notes:Change in price is the change since the last report. Hay quoted is sourced and delivered locally, GST exclusive unless stated otherwise. It should be noted that local prices quoted may not be the cheapest available, sourcing it from another region may be more affordable, and buyers are encouraged to evaluate all options. Prices are indicative to a mid-range shedded product, and based on the best indication of market value at the time of reporting. It should be noted there is a wide variation in quality of hay, prices for a mid-range product will not reflect the weighted average of trade. Prices will naturally vary based on the product quantity and quality, buyer/seller relationship and the size of the trade.
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- Low rainfall totals across the region this week with some areas receiving no rain at all.
- The weather continues to cause havoc across many parts of the region, with reports some growers are yet to complete this season’s sowing program. This will reduce hectares sown, with some choosing to hold areas available for summer crops where possible.
- As with growers further north, there are reports some central west growers have altered their sowing program to incorporate shorter season crops such as barley or chickpeas. Others however, report staying with more water-resistant cereal crop varieties and hoping for fewer wet days.
- Growers have now turned to some unorthodox sowing techniques to get seeds in the ground. Some in the West Wyalong region are now using aerial seeding followed by pressing, while others have a set depth as shallow as possible with packing pressure just enough to break topsoil.
- Canola crops sown early on moisture with mild temperatures following around the Lake Cargelligo region are coming along very well with some very early flower development seen.
- On the clearer days, growers are taking the opportunity to grass spray across grazed canola.
- There have been some issues with already failing rural road networks being further damaged by rain events causing delays and, in some cases, preventing deliveries.
- Slug infestation has been reported in the Parkes, Forbes and Condobolin regions with heavy losses. Weather events made early season baiting impossible, high slug numbers are being reported from paddock inspections. Mouse activity in and around sheds continues to be reported. https://grdc.com.au/resources-and-publications/resources/mouse-management.
- Hay enquires have steadied in the last week as scarcity becomes a factor. Older hay is moving quite well. Feedlots are also sourcing more quality product as supply of feed grain is restricted.
- No change to pricing this week.
- Cereal hay: +0/-0 ($175 to $240/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Lucerne hay: +0/-0 ($305 to $355/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Straw: +0/-0 ($65 to $80/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Pasture hay: +0/-0 ($165 to $230/t). Prices remain steady this week.
- Please note: Unless stated otherwise, prices are per tonne, sourced and delivered locally. The price range indicated is for feeds of varying quality with the price range generally indicative of quality of feed. We recommend feed testing and viewing of fodder before purchase to be sure of the quality of feed.