Australian Crop Report: December edition
Winter crop production in Western Australia is forecast to reach a record 21.2 million tonnes in 2021–22, 39% above the 10-year average to 2021–21. Area planted to winter crops in Western Australia is well above average reflecting the excellent start to the winter cropping season. Record high winter crop yields are expected to result from the ideal seasonal conditions in most regions.
Winter crop prospects in Western Australia fell slightly during spring due to below average September rainfall and frost events in some regions. Following an excellent start to the winter cropping season and near average winter rainfall in most cropping regions, soil moisture levels were sufficient to sustain crops through to spring. Timely rainfall in October boosted crop prospects to above where they were at the start of spring. Mild spring temperatures benefitted crops by aiding grain fill and further lifting yield potential. Although widespread reported frosts caused significant damage to some areas, subsequent rainfall and cooler conditions allowed crops to recover in some affected regions. It is likely that higher yields in other areas will more than offset downgrades caused by frost damage.
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.