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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- It’s been another week of low rainfall totals across the region with some areas receiving no rain at all.
- Sunnier, drier weather is supporting growers to get onto paddocks to assess damage and seed loss as well as plan for any re-sowing or summer crop preparation.
- Canola crops around Condoblin are looking good with growers now controlling weeds and applying a nutrient foliar to boost growth.
- Sowing of field peas has been completed in the south of the region. A smaller crop is expected due to rain delays and bogged equipment. In the same region paddocks planned for lucerne have been abandoned due to the excess underlying moisture.
- Graze and grain canola and vetch paddocks sown in March are showing strong growth in the south of the region. Canola is holding green leaf despite wet soils. However, growers are on the lookout for Manganese toxicity due to the extremely wet conditions.
- Slug infestations are still being reported in the Parkes, Forbes and Condobolin regions with heavy losses. https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/pest-animals/snail-and-slug-control.
- Mouse activity in and around sheds continues to be reported. Monitoring is recommended to determine numbers. https://grdc.com.au/resources-and-publications/resources/mouse-management.
- Demand for hay has remained steady in the last week as scarcity becomes a factor, with older hay 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.