South Australia forecasts record harvest

December 01, 2022 09:03 AM AEDT | By AAPNEWS
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South Australia's grain harvest is set to hit record levels thanks to cool conditions and good spring rain.

The latest forecast has put production at 12.1 million tonnes for a farm-gate value of $4.4 billlion for the 2022/23 period.

That beats last year's record high of $3.3 billion.

"Even allowing for some downgrades of the grain quality due to weather damage, high global grain prices mean the harvest also has a record high farm gate value," Primary Industries Minister Clare Scriven said.

"This is fantastic news for our farmers as well as South Australia's economy."

The latest South Australian Crop and Pasture Report revealed an ideal finish to spring, with cool conditions, above-average rain, and good soil moisture producing a crop in generally good to excellent condition.

Harvest and hay baling were delayed by the late spring storms and rain in October and November, with reports of crop damage in some districts, and weather-related grain quality issues. 

But a significant tonnage was expected to be delivered from late November with the harvest to continue into the new year in many districts.

Grain Producers SA Chief Executive Officer Brad Perry said despite challenging conditions at times, the record result meant the industry would make an even bigger contribution to the state economy.

"Additionally, the consistent rainfall over recent months has provided strong sub-soil moisture, so we anticipate this will set grain producers up for a great start to next season as well," he said.


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