BUMPER: Contractors work stripping a barley crop North of Warracknabeal ahead of what most experts are saying will be one of the best harvests in recent years, much to the delight of the regions grain and pulse growers.
AUSTRALIAN cropping is heading for an excellent season end with crop production expected to be signifi cantly higher than average across the country. In each state, the national winter crop production is forecast to be above average and possibly the highest on record, driven mainly by an exceptionally wet winter and predicted higher yields. At a state level, Victoria is expected to achieve the largest year on year production increase with improved yields in the Wimmera and Mallee regions set to double the state’s crop production output compared to last year. Crop production in Queensland is projected to be 25 percent higher, while production across New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia is also expected to increase by between 10 and 15 percent, although frost caused signifi cant yield loss in some areas of Western Australia in October.
Andrew Smith, General Manager Agribusiness for Rural Bank and Rural Finance, said “the increased and widespread rainfall throughout winter and spring has proved a real boon to the nation’s crop farmers.”
“With a 15 year high in crop vegetation density during the growing season in most parts of Australia, the potential for a bumper season is certainly there this year.” “In eastern states, crops are largely on track to deliver well above average yields despite some areas suffering excess rain and waterlogged soils. In Western Australia, frosty conditions have raised concerns about crop damage, however forecasts for the region remain higher than last year.”
“Despite low wheat prices, above average production will see producers in most areas record a positive return from this season’s crop.”
Rural Bank and Rural finances new report revealed that while poor seasonal conditions in 2015/16 led to lower production rates and a six per cent decline in crop exports, the expected increase in this year’s crop production levels is forecast to lead to a signifi cant bounce back in export volumes. The world’s major crop growing regions are experiencing another good season with above average yields. World wheat production is forecast to rise by one percent to a new record of 744m tonnes in 2016 –17. World barley production is forecast to be higher than average, albeit two percent lower than the previous season.
The full story in the Warracknabeal Herald Tuesday November 22 edition