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