Growers in Western Australia are advised to check their crops for frost damage following the weekend’s sub-zero events which have impacted cereal, canola and pulse crops so they can make informed choices about crop management.
Frost over recent months may have cost southern Australian croppers close to $200 million as harvest begins to reveal the full extent of the damage.
Sowing a ‘shandy’ mix of different wheat varieties into the same paddock could buffer crops against the risk of frost and heat damage later in the season.
A new tool is available to assist Western Australian grain growers determine from home whether their crops may have been affected by extreme temperature events.
The Australian Oilseeds Federation has cut its 2017/18 production estimate for the Australian crop currently in the ground by 9 per cent to 2.855 million tonnes to reflect the impact of a dry start in Western Australia, and a dry and frostbitten growing season in NSW.
Frost has impacted on the yield potential of Australia’s 2017 chickpea crop, and on winter crops generally across much of eastern Australia.
New-crop canola prices are looking well-supported at current levels as every bit of news colouring the global picture points to steady demand and reduced supply. In Australia, frost damage to the NSW crop is having the biggest impact on the latest national production outlook.
Chickpea yields in Australia’s key producing areas of Queensland and northern New South Wales are likely to have taken a hit from successive frosts in recent days, with crops on the Darling Downs of southern Queensland looking to be most affected.
Frost is a common visitor to southern and central Australia from late autumn to early spring. It can strike a chill, in more ways than one, in agricultural producers. Here’s a handy wrap-up of the Bureau’s frost forecast tools.
As a looming drought in WA appears increasingly likely to decimate grain production and farm incomes, there is some irony in the lack of enthusiasm shown by governments to firmly establish multi-peril insurance as a preferred option for farmers to reduce drought risk.