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June 16, 14:37 Source: APK-Inform Views: 83

Australian wheat areas to grow 2% in 2014/2015 season

Total area planted to winter crops in Australia is forecast to reach 22.6 million hectares in 2014–2015, with y-o-y growth of 0.5%, according to the Crop Report from Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)

The area planted to wheat is expected to rise by 2% to 13.8 million hectares, reflecting an increase in the area planted to wheat in all states of Australia. Additionally, the area planted to canola is forecast to rise by 3% to 2.7 million hectares. However, the barley area is set to fall by 4.1% to 3.8 million hectares.

Seasonal conditions have been generally favorable for planting the 2014–2015 winter crops in most of the states, except those in most of northern New South Wales and Queensland, as low levels of soil moisture is observed in parts of these regions.  

Australia winter crop areas

 
Crop
2014-20151
(‘1000 ha)
2013-2014
(‘1000 ha)
Changes
(%)
Wheat
13,837
13,512
+2.4
Barley
3,758
3,920
-4.1
Canola
2,738
2,655
+3.1
Oats
730
744
-1.9
Lupins
423
387
+9.3
Chickpeas
356
507
-29.8
Field peas
232
245
-5.3
Lentils
171
169
+1.2
Faba beans
161
152
+5.9
Triticale
152
152
0.0
Others2
17
16
+6.3
Total
22,575
22,459
+0.5
1: forecast
2: include linseed and safflower
Source:ABARES
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