South Australia to sow good 2008 harvest

28-02-2008 | |
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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