The hot and dry start to the year has resulted in a less than favourable summer cropping season, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences.February 19, 2013 4:09am
The hot and dry start to the year has resulted in a less than favourable summer cropping season, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences.
In the group’s Australian Crop Report, executive director Paul Morris said heavy rainfall last month was expected to benefit late-sown summer crops and increase the area planted to some summer crops with a later planting window, but had come too late to benefit early-sown crops.
‘‘The drier and warmer conditions in late spring and early summer have resulted in many producers not fully realising their planting intentions for grain sorghum, and reduced yield prospects,’’ Mr Morris said.
Compared with record production last year, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences forecast total summer crop production to be around 13 per cent lower in 2012-13, at 4.8
Grain sorghum production is forecast to decrease by 23 per cent to 1.7
‘‘The recent flooding in some summer cropping regions has so far only caused minor damage to summer crops,’’ Mr Morris said.
Generally dry conditions during the growing season in the winter cropping zone are estimated to have resulted in winter crop production falling by 22 per cent in 2012-13 to 35.8
For the major winter crops in 2012-13, wheat production is estimated to have reached around 22
Mr Morris said the winter crop harvest in Queensland and NSW was completed before the recent flooding and was largely complete in south-eastern Australia before the recent bushfires started.
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