Severe frosts and a cold spring in the United States have damaged wheat crops and delayed corn planting.
The poor weather is threatening to slash American yields and increase the demand for Australian grain.
Market analyst Arlan Suderman, from Wichita in Kansas, says global grain prices will rise if poor conditions linger in the US.
"If the pattern holds for several more weeks, then we could be looking at a much more substantial reduction in acreage," he said.
"(This) would dramatically impact the global feed grain balance sheet and probably lead to much sharper global feed prices."
© ABC 2013
17:37 EDT Much of western New South Wales has begun a heat wave, reaching at least five degrees above average for at least five days, averaging a maximum of 35 degrees or more.