Australia’s Winter Crop Production Forecast to Hit Record Level, Government Says

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by James Glynn

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SYDNEY – Australia’s winter grain crop production is on track to reach record levels following heavy rainfall in key producing regions, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Science.

Winter crop production is projected to reach a new high of 58.4 million tonnes in 2021-2022, with production increasing in Western Australia.

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According to the latest government crop update, bumper production in New South Wales also boosted production.

The solid harvest outlook comes as the broader Australian economy emerges from the Covid-related lockdown, supported by a record trade surplus, with hopes of a strong recovery in 2022.

Wheat production is estimated to reach 34.4 million tonnes, with canola expected to reach 5.7 million tonnes. The bureau said production of barley is estimated to reach 13.3 million tonnes, the second highest on record.

The report said flooding in the northern and central parts of New South Wales has caused production losses for some growers, but is not expected to affect the state’s total.

“Crops are generally in good condition at the end of winter and the combination of adequate rainfall and mild spring temperatures further improves crop prospects nationally,” the report said.

Write to James Glynn at [email protected]

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