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Australia - National winter crop losing yield potential due to frost, heat

Australia’s national crop has come under siege, with a horror September in Western Australia in particular putting forecast yields in severe doubt.

In its September crop report the Grains Industry Association of Western Australia (GIWA) has cut 10.2 per cent of its estimate of the WA crop from its August forecast.

Crops across the nation have endured a tough September.
Crops across the nation have endured a tough September

GIWA is now predicting total production of 12.3 million tonnes, down from 13.7m tonnes, with wheat production of 6.8m tonnes.

WA Farmers grains section president Duncan Young said a combination of heat in the north and a catastrophic frost in the Esperance port zone meant some had doubts whether total production would reach even that.