17/12/2021 - 12:00

Record harvest on track

17/12/2021 - 12:00

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The state’s grain growers are expected to yield 22 million tonnes this year, well above the previous record-setting 18.1mt harvested in 2016.

Record harvest on track
The Grain Industry Association of Western Australia’s December crop report says there is more grain to be harvested than usual at this time of year.

The state’s grain growers are expected to yield 22 million tonnes this year, well above the previous record-setting 18.1mt harvested in 2016.

The Grain Industry Association of Western Australia’s December crop report said there was more grain to be harvested than usual at this time of year, due to areas of higher rainfall.

It said grain quality downgrades from poor weather had been isolated to the areas which received rain at the start of the harvest and would not have a significant impact.

All grains are on track to beat last years’ harvest.

Harvested canola is estimated to double from 1.6mt in 2020 to 3.1mt in 2021.

Wheat is expected to increase from 9.2mt in 2020 to 11.9mt this year and barley from 4.5mt to 5.6mt.

The Lakes District in Albany East has had a particularly good year, with large grain yields and high prices coinciding.

The report said attention was now turning to the 2022 season.

It predicted there would be a reduction in the cropped area, unless there was a substantial summer rain and an early break.

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