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.
Farmers are counting the costs of crop damage after isolated but severe frosts dealt a cruel blow on WA’s south coast. Temperatures dropped to below freezing at Esperance and surrounding areas last week, damaging the region’s crops, with reports emerging entire farms’ crops could be lost following the substantial stem frost.
The strong frosts in the Caderechas Valley in April and May, when temperatures fell to -2 and -5º C, affected the flowering stage of the Reineta apples. 50% of the production was lost due to this weather event. Thus, producers will only collect approximately 100,000 kilos, when they normally harvest 200,000 kilos.
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