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THE AUSTRALIAN | Bumper crop despite flooding

Australian farmers are expected to harvest a near-record winter crop despite flooding across growing regions in the eastern states.

The national winter crop is forecast to be the second largest on record at 62 million tonnes with a value of almost $51bn, according to the latest quarterly commodities and crop reports by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences.

Western Australia grain grower and chairman of Grain Producers Australia Barry Large, who is harvesting his winter crop, said some parts of the state had fared better than others but the northern part of the wheatbelt had a particularly good season,

"In the north and east of Perth there are above average yields coming in and a couple of (storage) bins in the wheatbelt broke their records four days in a row," Mr Large said.


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