According to the July edition of the Crop and Pasture Report, the first grain estimate is looking positive for the 2019-20 season, indicating SA’s production may eclipse the past 2 years at an estimate of 7.95 tonnes.
The State Government’s July edition of the Crop and Pasture Report further estimates a crop area of 3.81 million hectares, a return to near average.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the early season grain estimates are promising but further rainfall was required.
“Given the rainfall our grain-growing regions have received in the past two months and the lack of subsoil moisture in many districts, there is cause for optimism but also caution,
“Rain in May varied from average to above average for most of the state to well above average on the Southern Eyre Peninsula.
“However, below average rainfall was received in a part of last year’s drought affecting the Eastern Eyre Peninsula.
According to the report, well-timed opening rains in May helped farmers start their cropping program, completing seeding by early June.