Western Eyre crop forecast to be down

CROP REPORT: Primary Industries and Regions SA’s latest crop report estimates a lower tonnage for Western Eyre Peninsula in 2017/18.
CROP REPORT: Primary Industries and Regions SA’s latest crop report estimates a lower tonnage for Western Eyre Peninsula in 2017/18.

The first grain estimate of the season is forecasting about 429,000 tonnes is expected to be rept this season from Western Eyre Peninsula.

Primary Industries and Regions South Australia’s latest crop and pasture report, released last week, suggests South Australia’s harvest will be below its long-term average.

The June rainfall was very much below average, with some centres including Coorabie and Warramboo receiving their lowest June rainfall on record.

The report said the dry start to winter led to prolonged seeding for the 2017/18 season and the first statewide estimate is for 6.4 million tonnes, less than the 10-year average of 7.7 million.

For Western Eyre the estimate is 429,900 tonnes, including 372,000 tonnes of wheat, 39,000 tonnes of barely and 13,500 tonnes of oat, down from the 1,153,080 tonnes estimated in the final 2016/17 crop report.

The report said the June rainfall was very much below average, with some centres including Coorabie and Warramboo receiving their lowest June rainfall on record.

The amount of crop sown per property varied across the district, with continued dry conditions from Streaky Bay south to Elliston resulting in very little crop being sown except for some barely on lighter soils.

It is estimated that around 60 per cent of the intended crop area has been sown in the central part of the district around Koongawa, Kyancutta and Warramboo.

There has been some rainfall relief this month, with Ceduna recording 19.6 millimetres for August up until Wednesday, only 1.4mm short of the July total.

Wudinna has had 24.8mm this month compared to July’s 26.4mm, with Streaky Bay recording 37.8mm compared to last month’s 64.7mm.