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7122.0.55.001 - Stocks of Grain Held by Bulk Handling Companies and Grain Traders, Australia, March 2010 Quality Declaration 
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2010 21 May 2010
May 2010 21 June 2010
June 2010 21 July 2010
July 2010 23 August 2010



ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

This publication provides estimates of stocks of wheat, barley, and selected other grains and pulses held by bulk grain handlers. These estimates are compiled from the Grain Handlers Stocks Survey (GHSS) conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

In addition to the monthly wheat estimates, quarterly estimates for barley and selected other grains and pulses are available in a separate data cube from the 'Downloads' tab of this publication.

For more detailed information on wheat use and stocks, see Wheat Use and Stocks, Australia (cat. no. 7307.0).

The ABS welcomes any comments from readers regarding the usefulness, range and quality of the statistics presented in this publication. Comments can be forwarded to: Environment and Agriculture Business Statistics Centre, Australian Bureau of Statistics, GPO Box 66, Hobart TAS 7001. Alternatively, email: agriculture.statistics@abs.gov.au, or phone (03) 6222 5846.


KEY POINTS

At the end of March 2010, Australia's bulk storage of wheat grain was estimated at 14.1 million tonnes, which was 10% less than the amount stored at the same time in February 2010. Of the total wheat grain stored by bulk grain handlers, 86% (or 12.1 million tonnes) was milling grade, and 14% (or 1.9 million tonnes) was feed grade.

STOCKS OF WHEAT GRAIN STORED BY BULK GRAIN HANDLERS, at month end

WHEAT GRAIN STORED BY STATE
WHEAT GRAIN STORED BY GRADE(a)
NSW(b)
Vic.(c)
Qld
SA
WA
Aust.
Milling
Feed
'000 t
'000 t
'000 t
'000 t
'000 t
'000 t
'000 t
'000 t

2008-09(d)
March(e)
3 685
466
1 327
1 151
4 838
11 467
8 918
2 549
April
3 412
447
1 286
879
4 084
10 108
7 799
2 309
May
3 036
378
1 139
671
3 502
8 726
6 778
1 948
June
2 548
302
973
519
2 656
6 998
5 416
1 582
July
2 108
260
874
511
2 065
5 818
4 503
1 315
August
1 730
168
690
362
1 544
4 494
3 452
1 042
September(d)
1 232
110
531
297
1 251
3 421
2 645
776
2009-10(d)
October
1 470
71
1 005
256
922
3 724
3 027
697
November
4 066
337
1 217
1 716
2 697
10 033
8 590
1 443
December
4 171
1 557
1 135
3 788
7 137
17 788
15 360
2 428
January
3 856
1 734
1 044
3 789
6 621
17 044
14 642
2 402
February
3 345
1 624
1 006
3 644
5 945
15 564
13 424
2 140
March
2 951
1 450
940
3 475
5 252
14 068
12 133
1 935

(a) Wheat grain is graded by quality.
(b) Includes ACT.
(c) Includes Tas.
(d) The end of September is used to represent the closing stocks of wheat grain prior to the commencement of the next harvest period (October to September).
(e) From March 2009, the Grain Handlers Stocks Survey (GHSS) has been conducted on a monthly basis. Refer to the Explanatory Notes.



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