SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
WHEAT GRAIN STORED
Total grain stored by bulk grain handlers and users at the end of May 2009 was 9.2 million tonnes, a decrease of 1.4 million tonnes from April 2009.
At the end of May 2009, the amount of wheat grain stored by bulk grain handlers was 8.7 million tonnes, of which 6.8 million tonnes was graded for milling and 1.9 million tonnes was graded for feed.
Wheat grain stored by wheat grain users at the end of May 2009 decreased by 8% from April 2009 to 497 thousand tonnes.
WHEAT GRAIN USED
The estimate of wheat grain used in May 2009 was 1.7 million tonnes, a decrease of 13% from last month.
Wheat grain exports in May 2009 decreased 300 thousand tonnes, to 1.3 million tonnes. The largest exporting state continued to be Western Australia (590 thousand tonnes) followed by South Australia (230 thousand tonnes).
Domestic usage in May 2009 was 393 thousand tonnes, a decrease of 5 thousand tonnes from last month. Domestic use of wheat grain continued to be highest in New South Wales at 176 thousand tonnes.
Nationally, the total wheat grain used since the end of September 2008 was 13.0 million tonnes.
WHEAT GRAIN COMMITTED
At 31 May 2009, there were 4.4 million tonnes of wheat grain committed for domestic use within Australia or for export. This represented an increase of 4% from the April 2009 estimate of 4.2 million tonnes.
Of the total wheat grain committed in Australia, 3.5 million tonnes (81%) were contracted for export, and 851 thousand tonnes (19%) were contracted for domestic use.