Season off to a promising start for Australian grain producers


The release of the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre’s first seasonal update videos for 2022 indicate a positive start for growers in most major grain producing regions throughout Australia.


This optimistic outlook for above average yields is supported by planting into stored soil moisture after more than two years of La Nina.


AEGIC’s monthly videos feature grain producers from across the nation speaking about the progress of their production programs during the growing season, and come with subtitles in eight languages.


The videos are made by AEGIC in collaboration with organisations from across the Australian grains supply chain, including support from GPA, to provide insights for export customers and grain buyers.


Western region

According to the July AEGIC update, a larger than usual area has been planted to crops in Western Australia this year.


Growers have finished sowing their crops and are now hoping for more rain to make the most of this season’s potential.


Soil moisture is variable across Western Australia and farmers will be hoping for regular rainfall throughout winter.


The three month rainfall outlook is a mixed bag at this stage, with northern and south-western areas most likely to receive above average rain.


Crops in some areas are further advanced than usual for this time of year, and canola and lupin crops are starting to flower in the Geraldton Zone.


Southern region

The outlook in South Australia is promising and growers are feeling optimistic about the year ahead.


Soil moisture is above average in the western growing areas, while farmers in the east will be hoping for more rain.

The three month outlook shows a good chance of higher than average rainfall across most of the state.


Victorian growers have had a great start to the season and are feeling positive about the season ahead.


The rainfall outlook for the next three months shows a high chance of exceeding median rainfall.


Northern region

Soil moisture levels are higher than average, thanks to widespread rain across Queensland and New South Wales.


But heavy rain in late autumn has caused waterlogging issues, making it difficult for farmers to get onto paddocks to finish sowing.


The rainfall outlook for the next three months shows a high chance of exceeding median rainfall.