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Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Beef Battle - Madeleine Stuch­bery [email protected]­ral­weekly.com

THE win­ter crop har­vest is prov­ing to be a mixed bag this season as grain con­tin­ues to be de­liv­ered to re­ceiver sites across the coun­try.

A to­tal of 911,000 tonnes of grain has been de­liv­ered to bulk han­dlers across the GrainCorp net­work as of Mon­day, with 317,000 tonnes de­liv­ered in Vic­to­ria, 262,300 tonnes in New South Wales, and just 92,700 tonnes in Queens­land.

A NAB win­ter crop re­port, pub­lished last week, fore­cast Aus­tralian wheat pro­duc­tion of

16.9 mil­lion tonnes, down on last month’s es­ti­mate of

17.4 mil­lion tonnes.

The re­port also put Western Aus­tralian wheat pro­duc­tion at

9.1 mil­lion tonnes.

NAB agribusi­ness econ­o­mist Phin Ziebell said Aus­tralia’s state-by-state grain pro­duc­tion var­ied greatly this season, with Western Aus­tralia far ahead of most states.

“We pre­dict that WA will pro­duce 9.1 mil­lion tonnes of wheat this season, which is

108 per cent of the 10-year av­er­age of 8.4 mil­lion tonnes,” Mr Ziebell said.

“At the same time, NSW will likely pro­duce just over a quar­ter of its 10-year av­er­age, with only 2.1 mil­lion tonnes of wheat to be har­vested.

“South Aus­tralia and Vic­to­ria will see be­low-av­er­age har­vests as well, pro­duc­ing

3 mil­lion tonnes and

2.4 mil­lion tonnes re­spec­tively,” he said.

The NAB re­port fore­cast NSW pro­duc­tion will re­main well be­low av­er­age at just

2.1 mil­lion tonnes, with strong win­ter crop prices re­main­ing.

The re­port said Aus­tralia was likely to ex­pe­ri­ence one of the most mixed win­ter crop har­vests in years.

Western Aus­tralian bulk grain han­dler CBH re­ceived

4.8 mil­lion tonnes of grain for the season in to­tal.

CBH gen­eral man­ager of op­er­a­tions David Cap­per said the first weeks of har­vest this season had been patchy, with wet and stormy weather delaying progress in some ar­eas of the state.

“De­spite the weather, we don’t be­lieve it will af­fect grain qual­ity at this stage and in some ar­eas we are see­ing bet­ter than ex­pected yields, which is promis­ing for a great fi­nal har­vest re­sult,”

Mr Cap­per said.

PHOTO: BEV LACEY

MIXED BAG: A to­tal of 911,000 tonnes of grain has been de­liv­ered across the GrainCorp net­work.

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