Record grain harvest expected in SA


Grain farmers are expected to bring in the biggest harvest ever recorded in South Australia thanks to favourable rainfall in recent months, authorities say.

Primary Industries and Regions SA estimates the grain crop will yield 10.5 million tonnes for 2016-17, worth an estimated $2.2 billion at the farm gate.

"Thanks to ideal rainfall and growing conditions, most districts are expected to have above average to well above average yields," PIRSA grains account manager Dave Lewis said on Tuesday.

He said the severe weather in SA in September did damage some crops, but the rain that came with it was welcomed by farmers and made up for the losses.

"The spring rains have significantly benefited the remaining crops undamaged by the severe storms, more than offsetting losses," Mr Lewis said.

However, he said the unusually cold and wet spring inflicted frost damage on some low-lying crops and increased the chance of disease for pulse crops, particularly lentils.

The previous record grain crop was recorded in 2010-11 with 10.3 million tonnes harvested.

SA Minister for Agriculture Leon Bignell said the state was also expecting to set a new wheat production record with 6.4 million tonnes forecast.


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