National grain farmers representative body, GrainGrowers has noted ABARES’ December 2017 Crop Report clearly highlights the seasonal challenges that plague Australian grain growers.
ABARES Crop Report estimates total winter crop production at 35.1 million tonnes, down 41 per cent from the record 59.5 million tonnes crop produced in 2016/17. Wheat production is forecast at 20.3 million tonnes, down from 35.0 million tonnes in 2017/18, and the smallest national wheat crop since 2007/08.
GrainGrowers Trade and Economics Manager, Luke Mathews, said that the 2017 winter cropping season had been particularly challenging for many of Australia’s grain growers.
“Different challenges have affected different farmers in different regions at different times of the year,” said Mr Mathews.
“Severely low rainfall plagued much of the national cropping belt early in the season. Conditions improved for many WA farmers in spring 2017, but by contrast, dryness persisted across NSW and QLD.
“The seasonal challenges have continued through harvest. Widespread rainfall has been recorded in November 2017 and early December 2017, slowing harvest progress and resulting in quality issues.”