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Australian Crop Report: September 2019 No. 191
Australian Crop Report
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No. 191 - September 2019
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Overview The report is a quarterly report with a consistent and regular assessment of crop prospects for major field crops, forecasts of area, yield and production and a summary of seasonal conditions on a state by state basis. In this edition, ABARES will release its latest forecasts of winter crop production in 2019-20 and its first set of detailed forecasts of summer crop production in 2019-20. Key issues Prospects for Australian winter crop production deteriorated over winter because of unfavourable growing conditions in some regions, particularly in New South Wales and Queensland. The condition of crops at the start of spring varied considerably between states. In Victoria, most crops were in good to very good condition as a result of generally favourable growing conditions over winter. Timely winter rainfall in Western Australia boosted yield prospects to around average for most crops in the state after a late break to the season. In South Australia sufficient winter rainfall fell in most major growing regions for crops in these regions to be in reasonable condition at the beginning of spring. However, crop prospects are generally below average in some other regions in South Australia. Seasonal conditions were very unfavourable in most cropping regions in New South Wales and Queensland and winter crop production in these states is forecast to be very much below average. Early spring rainfall will be important to final crop outcomes. According to the latest seasonal outlook, issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on 29 August 2019, September rainfall is likely to be above average in Western Australia and below average in most other cropping regions. October rainfall is likely to be below average in most cropping regions. Winter crop production is forecast to increase by 11% in 2019-20 to 33.9 million tonnes, around 16% below the 10-year average to 2018-19. This production forecast is a downwards revision of 7% from the forecast published in the June 2019 edition of Australian crop report. Area planted to summer crops is forecast to fall by 28% in 2019-20 to around 758,000 hectares. This reflects low levels of soil moisture and an outlook for unfavourable seasonal conditions during spring in Queensland and northern New South Wales. Total summer crop production is forecast to fall by 20% to 2.1 million tonnes.
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