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Record Grain Harvest for South Australia

22 February 2011

AUSTRALIA - South Australian Minister for Agriculture Michael O'Brien has welcomed the Australia Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences latest estimate of a record grain harvest for South Australia.

“ABARES estimates a 38 per cent increase in the 2010/11 winter crop production to 9.8 million tonnes – the largest on record,” Minister O’Brien said.


The Australia Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences estimates a 38 per cent increase in the 2010/11 winter crop production to 9.8 million tonnes.

“This increase in the estimate issued today by ABARES is a result of more favourable growing conditions across South Australia compared with the previous season.

“While it is disappointing that excessive rain in some areas resulted in a reduction in grain quality, the growth in production across the State is still welcome news after the prolonged drought.

“The growth in production in 2010/11 has been experienced across commodities, with wheat production up 38 per cent to 5.8 million tonnes from last year, barley up 40 per cent to 2.9 million tonnes and canola up 37 per cent to 361,000 tonnes.”

“South Australia’s estimated wheat production is more than double the five-year average production with yields estimated at a record 2.56 tonnes a hectare.

“Barley production is estimated by ABARES to yield a record 2.64 tonnes a hectare, while canola yields are estimated to be a record 1.85 tonnes a hectare.”

South Australia’s record harvest coincides with a 5.5 per cent rise in international wheat prices and an 8.4 per cent rise in international barley prices during the December quarter.

Export prices for feed barley rose 34 per cent and prices for malting barley were up 59 per cent. Minister O'Brien says South Australian farmers faced a number of significant challenges this season including excessive rains in December and the continued threat from locust infestation.

He also acknowledged the record harvest has been a major test of the logistics and infrastructure of South Australia’s grain harvesting, transport, receivable and storage systems.

“While these factors have no doubt taken some of the gloss off the record harvest and improving international prices, the record yields and production are still great news after the difficulties farmers faced during the prolonged drought,” Minister O’Brien said.

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