According to the latest Crop and Pasture report a vast majority of South Australian farmers have started sowing their crops for the 2019–20 season, with many on the Easter Eyre Peninsula finished sowing.
The Reports Seeding Intentions shows many farmers started seeding in April with dry subsoil following harsh summer and autumn months before much-anticipated rainfall in May.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said rainfall was welcomed by farmers across the state but the season’s dry forecast and increased frost risk remain as ongoing challenges.
“Some farmers have reported the May rainfall turned their worst season in memory into the best start in decades but they are acutely aware there is a long way to go in the season.
“Most farmers have increased areas sown to hay crops to replenish supplies used or sold over the last year. Farmers in many districts have reduced the planned area to be sown to canola, given low soil moisture and a lower forecast price.”
The report highlights soil moisture across the state is low due to the dry conditions in the first four months of the year and above average maximum temperatures, so the season is reliant on winter rainfall.