WA canola crop prospects strong

30 Jul, 2009 02:00 AM
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THE canola crop is looking strong in WA in 2009-10.

MarketAg director Kim Povey said canola crops in the north and in the medium and high rainfall districts looked very good so far this season.

Mr Povey said waterlogging was an emerging issue in the higher rainfall zone.

"Due to the patchy start, canola was cut from programs in the lower rainfall regions," he said.

"Overall canola could be under average.

"It is unlikely to match last year's record crop."

Early estimates in WA forecast about 600,000 hectares have been planted.

Average yields would result in a total crop of around 800,000 tonnes.

The rest of Australia is currently expected to match this yield.

Mr Povey said GM canola crops were being held for the first time on farm trials across the state this year and were doing well.

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