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The data from the 2002-04 collections and the more recent 2006-07, 2007-08 cycle of collections are comparable. The same collection methodology has been used and the grain type categories and grades are unchanged (except for the separate collection of oilseeds in the 2006-07, 2007-08 cycle) and adhere to standard industry terms. These data are compatible with other ABS agriculture data which relate to grains.
As well as the Stocks of Grain survey, complimentary data are sometimes collected from other sources by the ABS, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and non-government agencies. Data from smaller grain handlers and on-farm stocks would, when available, supplement this collection to present a more complete picture of grain availability.
At this stage, estimates are 'original' series only. No seasonally adjusted or trend series have yet been prepared. To better understand these data, users could familiarise themselves with latest grain production data available from ABS and ABARE agricultural publications. While much of these production data lag behind the stocks estimates, useful forecasts/projections and industry information can be gleaned from the agricultural press and company reports.
Data collected in the Stocks of Grain survey are supplied on a State basis. However, due to the small number of contributors, the data are only published at the national level.
The results of the Stocks of Grain Survey are published in Stocks of Grain Held by Bulk Handling Companies and Grain Traders, Australia (cat. no. 7122.0.55.001) which is available from the ABS website. A time series of the data from October 2006 can be obtained by contacting the Agriculture Client Service Officer at Agriculture.Statistics@abs.gov.au
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