Winter crops set for fall

AUSTRALIAN winter crop production is forecast to fall by more than 4 per cent to 33.62 million tonnes in 2000-01, ABARE’s acting executive director Vivek Tulpule said when releasing the September issue of the Australian Crop Report this week.

He said the fall would principally driven by a 20 per cent decrease in WA production.

WA is also expected to suffer from the worst locust outbreak in 10 years.

Mr Tulpule said there had been a shift in the crop mix associated with changes in relative prices and dry conditions at planting in many areas.

Wheat production in 2000-01 is forecast to fall 8 per cent to 22.21 million tonnes and canola production is forecast to fall 25 per cent to 1.8 million tonnes.

Barley production was forecast to increase 32 per cent to 5.6 million tonnes, Mr Tulpule said.

Winter crop production is forecast to fall in all states except South Australia where a 27 per cent increase is expected after better seasonal conditions that have allowed some areas to return to production after a dry season in 1999-2000.

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