Dataset: Australian Crop Report: December 2017 No. 184


The report is a quarterly report with a consistent and regular assessment of crop prospects for major field crops, forecasts of area, yield and production and a summary of seasonal conditions on a state by state basis.

Key issues
• Prospects for total winter crop production in Australia fell slightly during spring but there was significant regional variation. Crop prospects improved significantly in Western Australia but declined significantly in New South Wales and Queensland.
• Harvest is underway in many regions but progress has been slowed by rainfall events. According to the latest rainfall outlook, issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on 30 November 2017 December rainfall is likely to be higher than average in south-east cropping regions.
• Total winter crop production is forecast to decrease by 41 per cent in 2017-18 to 34.9 million tonnes, largely reflecting an expected fall in average yields from the exceptionally high yields of 2016-17. This is a downward revision of 4 per cent from the ABARES forecast published in the September 2017 edition of Australian crop report. This forecast production is 2 per cent below the 10-year average to 2015-16.
• Production is forecast to fall in 2017-18 for the three major crops: wheat by 42 per cent to 20.3 million tonnes, barley by 40 per cent to 8.0 million tonnes and canola by 31 per cent to 2.9 million tonnes.
• Area planted to summer crops is forecast to increase by 13 per cent to 1.5 million hectares in 2017-18, which reflects a more favourable opening to the summer crop season than in 2016-17 for grain sorghum. Area planted to grain sorghum is forecast to rise while area planted to cotton and rice is forecast to fall. Total summer crop production is forecast to increase by 23 per cent to around 4.8 million tonnes.

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