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.
Widespread and severe frosts centred on Western Australia’s Great Southern region have slashed at least one million tonnes (Mt) from the state’s expected winter crop, which was forecast by the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia (GIWA) on Friday at 16.3Mt.
Australia’s total winter-crop production is forecast to drop 12 per cent nationally to 33.2 million tonnes (Mt), with production declines forecast in all eastern states, according to ABARES’ latest periodic Australian crop report.
With crop conditions and production now deteriorating quite quickly in Victoria and parts of South Australia, the dependence on Western Australia is increasing daily, Peter McMeekin writes in his weekly update.
After proposed changes to the Harvest Mass Management Scheme (HMMS) were forecasted by Main Roads WA, the effectiveness and the future of the scheme was uncertain.
It’s not just the wild flowers that have sprung into life in Western Australia. The state’s winter grain crop is going from strength to strength, spurred on by timely growing-season rains that have set the scene for a potential record production year.
Wet and windy weather in the past week has brought handy falls to promising crops on Western and South Australia’s coastal areas, but little to the crops which are struggling through lack of moisture in eastern Australia.
The AgriFutures Export Fodder Program is putting $2.2 million into research and extension to improve agronomy based primarily around Australia’s oaten hay export industry.
Handy rains across Australia’s western and southern regions through the week have bolstered winter crop prospects, particularly in Western Australia and the southern parts of South Australia and Victoria.
Wheat has emerged as the standout crop this year in Western Australia where winter crops overall are in good shape, making up ground over the last month following reasonable falls of rain and warm growing conditions.