Australian Crop Report: February edition
Winter crop production in South Australia is estimated to have decreased by 24% in 2018–19 to around 5.3 million tonnes, the lowest since 2008–09.
Winter crop area in South Australia is estimated to have fallen by around 5%, largely because some area planted to cereal crops for gain production was cut for hay. The main regions in which this occurred were in the upper Eyre Peninsula, upper Yorke Peninsula, lower to mid north, southern Mallee and upper south east.
Wheat production is estimated to have fallen by 28% in 2018–19 to around 3 million tonnes largely because of a fall in the average yield. Forecast production is the lowest since 2008–09. Wheat quality was generally good with high protein levels and relatively few screenings.
Barley production is forecast to decrease by 15% in 2018–19 to around 1.5 million tonnes. An above average share of harvested barley crop has been graded as malting quality because of relatively few screenings.
Canola production is forecast to fall by 19% in 2018–19 to 260,000 tonnes, largely due to a 20% decline in planted area. Less area was planted at the beginning of the season and some of this was cut for hay. Oil content was lower than average, with many crops recording oil content of between 35% and 40%.
Table 10 Winter crop forecasts, South Australia, 2018–19
Note: Yields are based on area planted. Area based on planted crop that is harvested, fed off or failed.