Crop fore­cast

Gatton Star - - INTO RURAL -

TO­TAL Aus­tralian crop pro­duc­tion for 2017/18 is fore­cast to be around 30% lower than last sea­son’s record lev­els, and to dip 10% be­low the five-year av­er­age, ac­cord­ing to Ru­ral Bank’s Aus­tralian Crop An­nual Re­view 2017. In a sub­stan­tial year-on-year swing, poor early sea­son weather con­di­tions across most of the coun­try’s crop­ping re­gions – com­bined with a drier than nor­mal win­ter – has lim­ited yields.

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