As the winter crop season begins to draw to a close, agriculture industry leaders have forecast total production to have increased by 12 per cent on last year’s output.

Production this season is expected to reach a total of 42.1 million tonnes, according to the December edition of the Australian Crop Report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economic and Sciences (ABARES).

In particular, wheat production is expected to increase by 17 per cent to 26.2 million tonnes, while barley crops are forecast to rise by 15 per cent to 8.6 million tonnes.

Not all farmers are harvesting increased winter crops this season. Canola production is expected to fall by 15 per cent, according to ABARES Executive Director Karen Schneider. However, Ms Schneider notes this year will still bring the ‘third largest canola crop on record’.

The report also highlights the unsurprising effect of differing seasonal conditions across Australia.

“In Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia seasonal conditions have been good, leading to higher winter crop production in these states compared with last season,” Ms Schneider said.

Western Australia has experienced an increase of 36 per cent in production, while Victoria crept up to 7.1 million tonnes and South Australia has seen an impressive rise of 33 per cent to 8.7 million tonnes.

“However, seasonal conditions have been unfavourable in New South Wales and Queensland, with crop production forecast to fall by 13 per cent in NSW and 20 per cent in Queensland,” Ms Schneider said.

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