Written by: News.com.au
Posted on: 6 Dec 2016
Topic: General Articles
Good rainfall in September followed by a mild spring has helped boost winter crop production to a forecast record high.
Total production is expected to increase by nearly a third to a record high of 52.4 million tonnes.
Above-average rainfall in September, followed by mild spring conditions, had ensured good soil moisture for the critical grain development period, acting ABARES executive director Peter Gooday said on Tuesday.
Wheat production is forecast to rise by 35 per cent to a record 32.6 million tonnes, barley by 24 per cent and canola will reach its third-highest peak on record.
Chickpea production is also due to reach a record high of 1.2 million tonnes this year.
Mr Gooday said some regions had been hard hit by seasonal conditions.
"Across the nation, however, total production is forecast to be higher in every state," he said.
Things are also looking good for summer crop production as - with forecasts of a 21 per cent rise to about 4.6 million tonnes.
Cotton production is expected to increase by 64 per cent, with the area planted to rice forecast to rise almost fourfold in response to a boost in irrigation water available to growers.
"However the area planted to grain sorghum is forecast to fall by 31 per cent in 2016-17 to 471 000 hectares, the lowest in 24 years," Mr Gooday said.