30 November 1999
Australian winter wheat hit by rains
HEAVY rain in several of Australias main wheat-growing areas is forecast to translate to a 2% fall in the countrys winter grain crop.
This is according to the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics (ABARE).
The bureau has forecast total winter crop production of up to 33.5 million tonnes in the current year to June 2000 on an estimated 19m ha (46.9m acres).
ABARE has forecast wheat production of 22.8m tonnes, an increase of around 3% from last year.
The canola harvest is expected to be a record 2.1m tonnes, while barley production is forecast to fall by about 23% to 4.4m tonnes as a result of a 27% reduction in the area planted.