Dryness Reducing Winter Wheat Yields in Australia

Gaithersburg, MD - (Sept. 13, 2017)  Winter wheat is now progressing through heading in much of Australia, and persistent dryness in eastern areas is resulting in notable stress and yield reductions on the crop.

“Rainfall has been very limited across much of New South Wales and Queensland for the past two months, and the persistent dryness in these areas has reduced overall crop potential,” said Don Keeney, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist for MDA Weather Services.

“The forecast shows a continuation of the same dry conditions for the next few weeks, resulting in further reductions in yields.”

Meanwhile, frequent rains across Victoria, southeastern portions of South Australia, and southwestern portions of Western Australia are maintaining favorable conditions there for wheat.