News last update:6 Aug 2012

South Australia to sow good 2008 harvest

When good rain will fall at the start of the season, South Australia may sow a cropping area that will probably match what we had last year, according to Peter Fulwood, consultant with Rural Solutions SA, a government agency.

The state sowed a record 4.01 million hectares (9.9 million acres) to all crops last year before drought cut output. Grain growers in Australia, the world's sixth-largest wheat exporter, are seeking to benefit from prices which rose to an all-time high yesterday. Farmers will rely on rain at the start of the growing season in the southern hemisphere autumn after months of dry weather, Fulwood said.

Most of the states grain-growing regions have between 40 and 60% chance of above-average rain from March to May, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Western Australia was the largest wheat growing state last harvest. Australian grain growers will plant their next crop starting about May.

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Source: www.bloomberg.com

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