| ||AWB lifts 2005/06 crop forecast to 23 – 25 million tonnes|| ||
AWB today revised its forecast estimate of Australian domestic wheat production for 2005/06 to a range of 23 – 25 million tonnes.
AWB Managing Director Andrew Lindberg said the increase in the wheat production forecast was a result of favourable weather conditions across the Australian wheat belt in late winter and early spring.
“Continuing good rainfall across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia during early spring has led to favourable development of late sown crops and cool temperatures has aided crop development in those regions,” said Mr Lindberg.
“In addition, recent rains have been critical in boosting yield potential as crops are flowering or in grain filling stages.
“Western Australia remains on track to produce a large crop despite recent localised frost and hail damage over the past few months.
“While Queensland has experienced some difficulties with late rainfall which may cause some harvest quality issues, the overall tonnage impact on a national scale will be minimal,” said Mr Lindberg.
AWB’s previous forecast range was 21 – 23 million tonnes, which was based on normal seasonal conditions.
AWB’s forecast of 23 – 25 million tonnes is based on normal seasonal conditions going forward and this forecast would see the 2005/06 harvest production above the national five year production average of 20.85 million tonnes.