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Australia’s biggest grains state on track for record harvest

Australia’s biggest grains state on track for record harvest

Waterlogging in southern components of WA’s grain belt hasn’t dampened projections of a record slice this season, with supreme growing conditions within the northern and central Wheatbelt station to make up any losses. 

Key components:

  • Complete grain production in WA is projected to attain a record 20 million tonnes
  • Frost and warmth stress pose the finest possibility to achieving the record harvest
  • Correct growing conditions in japanese areas of the grain belt are anticipated to offset waterlogging

In its most contemporary season snapshot, the Grains Industry Association of WA (GIWA) estimates cease to 20 million tonnes of grain will almost definitely be harvested all around the state, up from 16.6 million tonnes final 12 months. 

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GIWA slice file creator Michael Lamond stated coarse waterlogging in southern and japanese components would seemingly be offset by bumper conditions all around the leisure of the state.

“The region [impacted by waterlogging] is within the tons of of hundreds of hectares, out of 9 million, so it be loads nonetheless it completely’s no longer huge when compared to the entire region,” he stated.

“It be unquestionably going to lift the stay of the Albany Port Zone and the West Kwinana nonetheless the pleasing areas are upright so pleasing this would possibly possibly without bid balance that out.”

Marginal areas tipped to shine

Mr Lamond stated the japanese and northerly areas of the Wheatbelt would possibly possibly per chance possibly emerge because the hero of the 2021 season. 

“Correct from Geraldton, the total device appropriate down to the east, north japanese and much east is sensational,” he stated. 

“Those low rainfall areas would possibly possibly per chance contain a titanic develop on total tonnage because they’re huge areas, and at this stage they’re all having a peep above reasonable and a few successfully above reasonable.”

Curtis Liebeck

Muntadgin farmer Curtis Liebeck says pleasing growing season rain is “comforting” nonetheless frost stays a possibility. (

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Accurate rainfall ‘comforting’

Curtis Liebeck farms at Muntadgin, about 290 kilometres east of Perth in WA’s japanese Wheatbelt.

He stated it modified into once “comforting” to contain rainfall totals either double or triple long time-frame monthly averages, nonetheless modified into once cautiously optimistic given the probability of frost damage and warmth stress in coming weeks.

“We now contain had just a few lean seasons out right here with rainfall in phrases of initiating in June and most continuously ending in August, so it be comforting to contain rainfall for the whole lot of the growing season,” he stated.

“There is stunning pleasing seemingly out right here, nonetheless we wish that good comfortable rain and no frost which is terribly common within the japanese Wheatbelt in slack August and September.

“If we are able to defend a long way from that frost and procure it to the bin, then it be thrilling … nonetheless its no longer within the bin but so we’ll upright retain our heads down and hope for a comfortable conclude.”

All fingers on deck

WA’s well-known grain handler CBH is scrambling to cater for the projected huge slice.

Wheat crop

The state’s slice estimate has been kept at 20 million tonnes, nonetheless GIWA says the settle has seemingly to boost tremendously.  (

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While the cooperative says it has constructed 2.5 million tonnes of permanent storage all around the last 5 years, it has identified the want for additional emergency brief storage.

“There is a good deal of work to getting the planning approvals thru with local authorities and getting wait on of contractors.”

CBH is within the strategy of looking out to recruit about 2,000 casual workers to fetch and handle the 2021 harvest.

Mr Dawe stated the cooperative had expanded its recruitment efforts to check out and entice sufficient workers.

“It be if truth be told been one of our main considerations in guidelines on how to control this 12 months’s slice and that’s why this 12 months we now contain cast the to find wider to check out procure labour now we contain no longer most continuously, including the metro region,” he stated.

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Australia’s biggest grains state on track for record harvest