Dry June hits crop fore­cast

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MANY of Aus­tralia’s pro­duc­tive agri­cul­tural re­gions have been hit by the dri­est June on record.

Rabobank’s Agribusi­ness Monthly re­port says wheat yields have been down­graded in crop­ping re­gions in West­ern Aus­tralia, South Aus­tralia and north­ern NSW. Large parts of NSW and southern Queens­land didn’t get any rain in June and grain grow­ing re­gions in South Aus­tralia and Vic­to­ria re­ceived only one to five mil­lime­tres.

The West Aus­tralian wheat­belt re­ceived just 5 to 15mm of rain­fall in June, “too lit­tle, too late” for some crops in the north.

“Yield down­grades for parts of the West­ern Aus­tralian, South Aus­tralian and north­ern NSW crop­ping zones are be­ing fac­tored in and even ar­eas with pre­vi­ously ex­cel­lent prospects such as the Rive­rina of NSW now face mois­ture deficits,” Rabobank said. Don’t miss the all- new Mo­tor­ing sec­tion for the lat­est car news, road tests, re­views and com­par­isons. Plus the lat­est auto trends.

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