By October it wasn't just the EYCI reaching record territory, the cropping world was breaking new ground of a different kind.
Farmers looking to secure inputs for 2021 crops were getting a rude shock, with urea prices hitting a 13-year-high, China 'banning' phosphate exports and glyphosate prices surging.
Factors behind the jumps included rising European gas prices, rising coal prices in China and Hurricane Ida causing logistical issues.
Urea prices were at A$756 per tonne (overseas pricing levels; not shipped to Australia) and rising, while glyphosate had jumped to about A$11/kg, up from A$5/kg two years earlier.
According to Thomas Elder Markets, it cost 2.2 tonnes of wheat to purchase one tonne of urea. The average had been 1.38t for 2010 to 2020.
On the timber front, cypress pine from Western Queensland was in hot demand.
Western Queensland cypress sawmiller Mitchell Goodchild had seen a surge in demand for the wood over the past year, fielding calls from eager Melbourne merchants and builders working on home renovations sparked by lockdowns, as well as from tradies experiencing a shortage of treated pine for house frames.
Builders, fencers and landscapers from down south were currently taking more than 50 per cent of his product.
In positive outcomes, firearms users welcomed news that Australia Post and Startrack agreed to carry firearms through a range of their existing service offerings from mid-October.
The month also presented some tragic news including the Stanwell fatal crash involving an ambulance and the fire that ripped through a historic Blackall business.
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