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Grain Areas Receive 'Desperately Needed' Rain

31 August 2010

AUSTRALIA – Grain farmers in the Western Australia state, the country's largest wheat-producing region last year, have enjoyed some much-needed rain over the weekend, with further showers reportedly now needed.

According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CBG Group has warned that, despite strong rainfall over the past couple of days ending a prolonged dry spell, more wet weather would be required to maintain the state's crop outlook.

Reece Ainsworth, senior manager at the grain operations division of the Perth-based organisation, told the news provider that the farmer-owned cooperative would receive around eight million tonnes of this year's grain harvest, compared with more than 11 million tonnes last season.

"September is a really critical month. We need a nice finish with some rain and hopefully we can keep that total receivals figure up over eight million tonnes," Mr Ainsworth said.

Meanwhile, sugar cane harvesting in Australia, the world's third-biggest exporter of the sweetener, was last week reported to have been delayed by rainfall.

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