AUSTRALIA - The implications of a particularly dry spring in some parts of Australia are now coming to light in terms of crop production; however it appears that things aren’t as bad as once feared.
The Spring Crop Performance report, published by Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA), showed that the forecasted wheat production in the State was downgraded by 100Kt, to 4.4Mt for 2014/15 (down by 11 per cent on last year’s output).
Despite this, total crop production in the State is still anticipated to be above the long term average, thanks to good soil moisture from higher than average rainfall earlier in the season.
The graph below puts the concerns for the Australian wheat crop in perspective.
The USDA’s current forecast for Australian wheat production is 24Mt and although this is down 11 per cent on last year, it is considerably higher than that recorded in 2006/2007, when wheat production hit 10-13Mt.
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