THE Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre has released the third round of seasonal update videos, showing good conditions are continuing to shape another large winter grains harvest that’s due to start in coming weeks.
In Western Australia, the sentiment across the local grains industry is one of increasing optimism heading into spring.
Growers have managed their crops effectively, and crops are by and large looking very good.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, Western Australia could be heading towards another successful harvest.
AEGIC’s latest video series shows crops across Queensland are at varying stages of development, but in general the season is progressing reasonably well. Growers have been applying fertiliser to take advantage of forecasted rains.
Looking south to New South Wales, conditions are still quite wet. Growers in some areas have enjoyed some much-needed dry weather recently, while others are crying out for a break from the rain so they can access their paddocks.
Meanwhile in Victoria, crop conditions are very good or excellent, thanks to high August rainfall. Soil moisture is still high across most of the eastern seaboard - the rainfall outlook shows a relatively high chance of above average rainfall.
Rainfall across South Australia was above average in August, which was exactly what farmers were hoping for.
While some areas are bordering on too wet, most growers are feeling quietly optimistic, especially in the Eyre Peninsula. With daylight hours increasing and weather starting to warm up, South Australia is well placed to have a successful year.
Last year the Australian grains industry produced a record 62 million tonne crop valued at an estimated $26 billion. ABARES latest crop forecasts has predicted a winter crop of 55.5 million tonnes.
On SA’s Eyre Peninsula, Steve Glover, Yeelanna, said in the AEGIC series that there’s going to be some “darn fine wheat and cereals and the canola is pretty strong” in this year’s crop.
Pic: Steve Glover, Yeelanna.
“It’s going to have plenty of moisture to finish now probably without another rain, but, you know, another rain would be nice but it'll have enough to finish and everything around the place will be the same. I think it's going to be a strong year on the EP [Eyre Peninsula] for sure.”
AEGIC produces the virtual crop inspection videos in collaboration with organisations from across the Australian grains supply chain.