Crops hold up in tough year

07 Dec, 2012 03:00 AM
The report is better news than some producers had expected

THE MINISTER for Agriculture has praised Australian farmers, saying the effort in producing a crop 14 per cent higher than the five-year average is admirable, given the near-drought rainfall in many areas.

ABARES released its December crop report this week, which flags a winter crop of 35.1 million tonnes, down 23pc on last year’s record.

It is also slightly down on ABARES’ September estimate, down 3pc, or 1.1 million tonnes.

However, given the lack of rainfall throughout the late spring in most areas, this is viewed as a good result.

“The report is better news than some producers had expected,” Minister Ludwig said.

And it is not a matter of ABARES throwing out inflated numbers in comparison to other analysts.

While its wheat estimate of 22mt is slightly higher than some trade assessments, the majority are between 21 and 22mt.

Barley production is forecast to be at 6.9mt and canola at 2.6mt.

The report has forecast a strong summer crop, with production to remain largely unchanged from last season at around 5.5 million tonnes, in spite of a 2pc fall in plantings.

However, a switch from cotton to sorghum means there will be more tonnes.

Minister Ludwig said the area planted to summer crops is estimated to be just below 1.6 million hectares, with the area planted to grain sorghum forecast to increase by around 16 per cent to 762,000 hectares.

“Favourable grains prices and falling cotton prices have made grain sorghum a more attractive option to producers than dryland cotton,” Minister Ludwig said.

“The area planted to rice is also forecast to rise, reflecting plentiful supplies of irrigation water in southern New South Wales.”

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Jock Munro
7/12/2012 7:24:34 AM

All the praise in the world from Joe Ludwig will not alter the fact that the Rudd Government abolished our iconic marketing arrangements and he the WEA which could have been used to protect wheat growers and the nation's financial interests. The Labor Party talk about fairness and equity in society but obviously that does not apply to wheat growers and farmers in general. Flattery will get the Minister nowhere.
ME Again
7/12/2012 8:55:23 AM

Thank you Minister. You're a top bloke. Any comments of support for top end cattle producers? Dairy farmers in NSW and QLD? Food manufacturers competing with dumped international product? No - nothing to tell you what to do from ActUp? Well, look up "duplicitous" - before Julia claims it.
7/12/2012 11:24:49 AM

Free trade for farmers income Regulated trade for our costs to protect the urban areas from the nasty world we get our income from. From this income, we have to pay for the protection of the urban areas. Can some tell me how this is FAIR. I say it's discrimination on a grand scale. Make the fare pay fro a fair days work a joke if you are a farmer. After all we go to work as well and hold citizenship!
zero till
8/12/2012 7:24:44 PM

Jock we have had an excellent year. Despite a very dry growing season have had average to above average yield and good prices. This wont matter to you jock as you only run sheep and grow oats. The desk is gone get over it mate!
Jock Munro
10/12/2012 11:51:37 AM

Zero Till, I suggest that you change your information source! Pays to get it correct when using the written word.


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