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Australian Grain Growers Produce Third Largest Crop on Record

09 March 2012

AUSTRALIA - South Australia’s grain farmers have produced the third largest harvest on record, according to the latest PIRSA Crop and Pasture Report.

The final estimates for the season reveal the State’s total crop production is nearly 8 million tonnes, which is worth an estimated farm gate value of AUS$1.6 billion.

PIRSA’s Grains Industry Development Manager, Dave Lewis, said this figure has been slightly revised upward on the January estimate of 7.76 million tonnes.

“Crops have harvested better than expected in some regions of the State, resulting in the upward revision of our estimate,” he said.

“Grain quality varied from region to region. Rain during harvest did result in some grain damage leading to quality issues.

“Significant quantities of grain, particularly wheat, have been warehoused by growers who are not prepared to sell at current prices.

“Requirements for cash to fund input purchases for the new season’s crop is likely to result in more warehoused grain being sold in the next month.

“This harvest produced a record area and production of canola. An estimated 436,000 tonnes of canola was harvested, with canola prices holding better than cereals.

“Plantings of canola are likely to increase in most districts across the State this year, while areas of wheat may remain stable for the coming season.”

Wheat production was well above average and barley also performed near average. Total wheat production was almost 4.5 million tonnes, while barley yields were more than 2 million tonnes.

Widespread rain late last month has resulted in increased levels of stored soil moisture across most districts, which will provide promising base yield potential.

The 2010-11 harvest was the largest on record in South Australia at 10.34 million tonnes, lifting the 10 year average to 6.5 million tonnes.

The grains sector is a significant contributor to the State’s economy, generating approximately 4.6 billion (33 per cent) to Gross Food Revenue and representing 21 per cent of SA exports.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

March 2012

TheCropSite News Desk

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