Western Australia

​​​Australian Crop Report: February edition

Winter crop production in Western Australia is estimated to have decreased by 35% in 2019–20 to 11.5 million tonnes, the lowest since 2012–13. This fall in winter production largely reflects lower yields resulting from below average in crop rainfall and above average spring temperatures.

Wheat production is estimated to have decreased by 43% in 2019–20 to 5.8 million tonnes, reflecting an estimated 39% fall in the average yield. Area planted to wheat is estimated to be 4.4 million hectares, 8% lower than the 10-year average to 2018–19 and reflects a partial shift from wheat to barley production.

Barley production is estimated to have decreased by 25% in 2019–20 to 3.7 million tonnes, largely reflecting an estimated 34% decrease in the average yield from the high yield in 2018–19. Area planted to barley is estimated to have increased by 14% to around 1.7 million hectares, largely at the expense of area planted to wheat.

Canola production is estimated to have decreased by 21% in 2019–20 to 1.2 million tonnes. This largely reflects an estimated 22% fall in planted area resulting from unfavourable seasonal conditions during the planting window for canola.

Table 10 Winter crop forecasts, Western Australia, 2019–20
Crop Area
'000 ha
Yield
t/ha
Production
kt
Area change
%
Prod. change
%
Wheat 4,400 1.32 5,800 –6 –43
Barley 1,650 2.24 3,700 14 –25
Canola 940 1.22 1,150 –22 –21
Lupins 350 1.00 350 –8 –42

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.
Sources: ABARES

Last reviewed: 18 February 2020
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