Ag re­port card shows tough 2018 sea­son

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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.

PHOTO: FILE

IN­SIGHT: The lat­est ABARES re­port dis­cusses a down­turn in crop pro­duc­tion across Aus­tralia in 2018.

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