Smallest winter crop in 10 years
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