Washington, DC — Australia is set for a second consecutive bumper grain crop following two years of drought, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Grain and Feed Update .
For the winter crops, wheat area is estimated to have slightly increased in marketing year (MY) 2021/22 and barley area decreased a little.
For these two crops, rainfall has overall been very good across the growing regions during the fall planting period and winter and early spring growing period.
The rainfall forecasts for October to December for all winter crop growing regions is very favorable with expectations for above average rainfall.
With harvest now commenced in the most northern winter crop producing regions, crops are now set up to achieve well above average yields.
The large crops will allow for a second season of very robust exports, especially as global grain demand is expected to remain high.
For the summer crops, sorghum production in MY 2021/22 is forecast to rise by 7 percent and reach the highest level in six years, and rice is forecast for a 75-percent boost in production.
The good rains to date have established above average soil moisture profiles at the point of planting and, along with the forecast rains, will support a strong year, particularly for sorghum production.
For rice, the irrigation water storages have recovered strongly to reach near capacity after being depleted from the drought.
This has supported good irrigation water allocations at the start of October, coinciding with the start of the planting period, and has also provided confidence for a significant increase rice production to well above average levels.
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