WA crop wrap

29 Jun, 2012 10:39 AM
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AS usual, there is a vast variation in crop standard across the massive Western Australian cropping zone.

WAFarmers grains section president Kim Simpson said overall, planting had been later than optimum.

“A lot of us are three weeks behind, but at least most of the crop has gone in and has had rain on it."

Mr Simpson, who farms at Ballidu, in the State’s mid-north, said his local area had only recently had good rains.

“It’ll take a good finish for a big crop over here, and most places are like that, but again, at least we have got the crop up and it has a chance if there is a good spring.

“Basically, if we have a good spring, we can get an average crop, an average spring will mean a slightly lower than average year.”

He said some farmers in the northern cropping zone had been lucky to get May rain in storm activity, so their crops were looking better, while the south of the state is also not too bad.

In terms of yield potential, he said the cereals had the most chance of getting average or above yields, while canola was the least likely crop to get up to its long-term average.

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