Early pointers suggest a solid season

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THE rare combination of early season rainfall, above average levels of subsoil moisture and good prices for all grains has provided the platform for a brilliant start to the growing season in Western Australia.

According to the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia’s May Crop Report, total crop area planted this year will be up slightly from 2020, which was a record year for the area of crop sown.

Crop report author Michael Lamond said there would be a small reduction in barley area from 2020, with most of that swinging to canola.

“Current barley feed grain prices are holding up well and when coupled with the grain yield premium over wheat in the southern regions, this is driving current plantings,” Mr Lamond said.

“The recent widening spread in price between wheat over barley will not have a significant influence on intended cereal plantings.”

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