Australian production down 23% says report
A DRY winter and poor start to spring in most cropping regions has seen forecast winter crop production in Australia fall by almost one quarter.
The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) December crop report shows crop production dropped 20 per cent below the 20 year average.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the dip wasn’t unexpected and highlighted the impact of the drought on cropping.
“Harvesting of winter crops is well under way and total production is estimated to have decreased by 23 per cent to 29.3 million tonnes in 2018–19,” he said.
“Many farmers also chose to cut crops planted for grain production for hay because of higher fodder prices.
“The story of agriculture in Australia is just add rain.
“Despite the continued drought, winter crop production remains substantially higher than 17 million tonne crops produced in the widespread droughts of 2002-03 and 2006-07.
SLIM PICKINGS: Corey Uebergang is going through his fourth drought on-farm and this one is the driest he’s seen. PHOTO: Mel Guy