USDA Aussie production, export numbers raise eyebrows

Gregor Heard
By Gregor Heard
Updated October 17 2018 - 11:17pm, first published 7:00pm
USDA wheat production forecasts for Australia are seen by the industry as being significantly too high given the drought and damaging frosts in many regions.

WORLD grain futures have lifted across a range of commodities in the past week on the back of a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report that lowered international production.

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Gregor Heard

Gregor Heard

National Grains Industry Reporter

Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.