Small­est win­ter crop in 10 years

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Column -

DROUGHT con­di­tions ri­valling the mil­len­nium drought will see lit­tle to no har­vest for vast swathes of Aus­tralia’s east coast, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port. The Rabobank Aus­tralian 2018-19 win­ter crop pro­duc­tion out­look re­port said ex­treme dry weather and frost will see de­liv­ery of the “small­est win­ter crop in 10 years”, with the na­tional har­vest slated at a mea­gre 29.3 mil­lion tonnes. Na­tional win­ter crop pro­duc­tion will drop 31 per cent be­low the five-year aver­age, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, with no har­vest ex­pected for vast re­gions of the east coast. The re­port also pre­dicted crops taken to har­vest may suf­fer es­ti­mated yield losses of 30–50 per cent com­pared to the aver­age.

The re­port cred­ited late to no rain at sow­ing, be­low aver­age rain­fall dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son, and above-aver­age tem­per­a­tures, cou­pled with dam­ag­ing frost, for the re­duc­tion of har­vest quan­tity and grain qual­ity.

Con­di­tions across Aus­tralia’s grain pro­duc­ing states have been so bad, com­par­isons have been made with the se­vere droughts of

2002-03, 2006-07, and

2007-08.

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