Australian Crop Report: February edition
Winter crop production in Victoria is forecast to almost double in 2019–20 to around 7.4 million tonnes, which is 16% above the 10-year average to 2018–19. Production in most cropping regions outside of the northern Mallee and the north eastern parts of the Victorian cropping region were boosted by timely and sufficient rainfall, with production in the southern Mallee, Wimmera and the Western districts estimated to be well above average.
Planted area is estimated to have increased by 7%, after fewer crops intended for grains and oilseeds production were cut for hay compared to last year.
Wheat production is estimated to have increased by 85% in 2019–20 to 3.6 million tonnes, which reflects a significant increase in the average yield. The estimated average yield of 2.5 tonnes per hectare is 18% above the 10-year average to 2018–19.
Barley production is estimated to have increased by 127% in 2019–20 to 2.5 million tonnes, which is 35% above the 10-year average to 2018–19. The estimated increase is largely the result of an estimated 113% increase in the average yield. This yield improvement was driven by favourable seasonal conditions in the Wimmera and the Western districts.
Canola production is estimated to have increased by 117% in 2019–20 to around 650,000 tonnes. Production last year was low after many canola crops intended for oilseed production were cut for hay. Planted area is estimated to have increased by 28% and the average yield is estimated to have increased by 69%.
Note: Yields are based on area planted. Area based on planted crop that is harvested, fed off or failed. Percent change are relative to last year.