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7122.0.55.001 - Stocks of Grain Held by Bulk Handling Companies and Grain Traders, Australia, Feb 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/04/2011   
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
March 2011 2 May 2011
April 2011 3 June 2011
May 2011 1 July 2011



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.

Stocks of barley and other grains and pulses were not updated for the December 2010 quarter. Updated estimates for the March 2011 quarter will appear in the March 2011 issue of this publication, after which no further updates will be published. The publication of monthly data on stocks of wheat grain held by bulk handlers will continue unchanged.

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 5939.


EFFECT OF FLOODS

Extensive flooding began in late December 2010 in Queensland and was more wide spread in both Queensland and other states in January 2011. It is expected that the impact of these floods will continue to be reflected over the next few months. Further details will be provided in future issues if necessary.


KEY POINTS

By the end of February 2011 the majority of wheat grain had been harvested. Australia's bulk storage of wheat grain was estimated at 20.4 million tonnes. This represents a decrease of around 1.8 million tonnes of wheat grain stored when compared to January 2011, however stocks are still 30% higher than February 2010.

All states reported decreases in stocks of wheat grain compared to January 2011. The most significant reductions were in New South Wales with 815 thousand tonnes (10%) and Western Australia, down by 499 thousand tonnes (11%). New South Wales and South Australia had the largest amounts of wheat grain stored by bulk grain handlers with 7.0 million tonnes and 5.1 million tonnes respectively.

The wet harvest season resulted in a lower quality yield of wheat grain for February 2011. Of the total wheat grain stored by bulk grain handlers, milling grade accounted for 11.6 million tonnes (57%) and feed grade 8.8 million tonnes (43%). This compares to 86% for milling and 14% for feed in February 2010.

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

2009-10(d)
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
April
2 667
1 301
821
3 178
4 803
12 770
11 043
1 727
May
2 238
1 137
694
2 895
4 186
11 150
9 729
1 421
June
1 997
986
608
2 566
3 727
9 884
8 642
1 242
July
1 451
678
457
2 177
3 137
7 900
7 025
875
August
1 351
603
397
1 723
2 613
6 687
5 938
749
September(d)
972
487
320
1 393
1 943
5 115
4 530
585
2010-11(d)
October
567
300
193
898
1 482
3 440
3 066
374
November
2 687
218
1 105
906
3 534
8 450
6 316
2 134
December
5 974
2 048
1 217
4 044
4 927
18 210
11 308
6 902
January
7 825
3 426
1 150
5 415
4 346
22 162
12 468
9 694
February
7 010
3 343
1 066
5 105
3 847
20 371
11 551
8 820

(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).



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