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Australia's Crops Stand up to Dry Conditions

06 December 2012

AUSTRALIA - Australia’s cropping sector is in positive shape despite dry seasonal conditions, the Australian Crop Report has found.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, welcomed the report that was released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

“This report is better news than some producers had expected,” Minister Ludwig said.

“Total winter crop production is forecast by ABARES to be around 14 per cent higher than the average achieved over the five years to 2010–11.

“This is welcome news for grain producers.”

The Australian Crop Report also forecast a strong summer crop, with production to remain largely unchanged from last season at around 5.5 million tonnes.

Minister Ludwig said the area planted to summer crops is estimated to be just below 1.6 million hectares, with the area planted to grain sorghum forecast to increase by around 16 per cent to 762,000 hectares.

“Favourable grains prices and falling cotton prices have made grain sorghum a more attractive option to producers than dryland cotton,” Minister Ludwig said.

“The area planted to rice is also forecast to rise, reflecting plentiful supplies of irrigation water in southern New South Wales.”

Minister Ludwig said while he was pleased with the forecast, he was aware that farmers in some areas were not doing so well.

“Agriculture is a patchwork and while many farmers are experiencing a good season, it’s important to remember that across our nation the conditions are many and varied,” Minister Ludwig said.

“I wish people well for the winter crop harvest and hope we continue to see positive forecasts.”

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