Ag report card shows tough 2018 season
A NEW ABARES update provides a perspective on the drought, including rainfall deficiencies and its effects on crop production, livestock markets and farm incomes across the nation.
It summarises the overview provided to the Australian Government Drought Summit.
ABARES executive director Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds said in the cropping region of eastern Australia, rainfall was down by about 40 per cent from the 20-year average.
“We revised down our winter crop forecast for 2018–19 to 33.2 million tonnes nationally, because of lower than expected rainfall in September,” Dr Hatfield-Dodds said.
“Crop production in the eastern Australian wheat-sheep zone in 2018–19 is forecast to be down by 53 per cent from the 20-year average from 1998-99 to 2017-18.
“However, the physical impact of drought is being offset to some extent by favourable economic conditions and other circumstances.
“These include higher livestock prices, improved farm productivity and growth in farm size.”
Read the ABARES Insights – Update on the 2018 drought report at www.agriculture.gov. au.
INSIGHT: The latest ABARES report discusses a downturn in crop production across Australia in 2018.