Wed, 29 Jan 2014
AUSTRALIA - South Australian grain growers are on track to record the state's third largest crop on record.
Primary Industries and Regions South Australia says forecasts earlier in the season looked to break the record of more than 10 million tonnes in 2010, reports ABC Rural.
But PIRSA's grain accounts manager Dave Lewis says the final estimate places the final crop at about 8.6 million tonnes, because of conditions seen during spring.
"Obviously the condition in September/October, with well below average rainfall, had a significant impact on the loss of production," he said.
"But in addition to that, some of the hot conditions that occurred and the winds that knocked some of the barley onto the ground and in some districts frost during flowering and during grain fill also impacted yield."
Farmers will have contributed to A$2.1 billion worth of crop for the 2013 season.
Mr Lewis says pastures have also done well, with the drier spring conditions not affecting available feed.
"At this stage, most of the pastures have obviously dried out. They didn't get the spring flush that they normally get during a good spring.
"But having said that though there was no shortage of feed, a lot of the small grain went out of the back of the harvester and a lot of stubble.
"There was a lot of stubble produced in this season's crop and it's providing more than adequate feed across the state."