1 The quantity of wheat; barley; oilseeds and 'oats, triticale, sorghum, other feed grains and pulses' held in storage facilities operated by major bulk handling companies and grain traders as measured at the last day of December 2008 are contained in this publication. The sub-category of 'other feed grains and pulses' consists of a broad range of grain types including cereal rye, maize, vetch, soybean, lupins, field peas, chick peas, faba beans and broad beans for which no grain type split is available.
2 This collection commenced in December 2002 following concerns regarding the lack of available information on the quantity of grain held in storage facilities across Australia. It was undertaken on a monthly and quarterly basis until December 2004. The series was revived in October 2006 in response to concerns regarding feed grain availability and run on a monthly basis until March 2008.
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3 The collection does not attempt to measure the total amount of grain held in storage facilities in Australia. Regional or small storage operators are not represented in these statistics. Statistics contained in this publication represent the major bulk grain handling companies.
4 The quantity of grain by type, grade, and location (at State level) of storage was collected from the major operators of grain storage facilities in Australia. To avoid the possibility of duplication in reporting, only quantities actually held in storage facilities operated by the selected business, regardless of grain ownership, were collected from each business. This included storage facilities rented from other businesses where the selected business was responsible for the operation of the facility.
5 The quantity of grain shown does not include grain stored on farms across Australia i.e. businesses which are classified to subdivision 01 "Agriculture" of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).
6 Users of wheat grain data will find useful information contained in the new ABS publication Wheat Use and Stocks, Dec 2008 (cat. no. 7307.0). The first of a monthly series will be released on 10 February 2009.