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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-21-07 01:51 PM
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Australias summer crop production is forecast to fall by nearly 60% in 2006-07 as most of the main growing areas in southern Queensland, northern New South Wales and the Riverina remain in the grip of drought, the February issue of ABARE (Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics) Australian Crop Report reveals.

Production is forecast to fall to around 1.9 million tons, making it the smallest summer crop in over 20 years, said Mr Phillip Glyde, Executive Director, ABARE when releasing the report Tuesday.

Severe ongoing drought conditions experienced throughout the major cropping areas of Australia, particularly since August 2006, resulted in significant depletion of soil moisture profiles and the lowest water storage levels on record.

The very dry spring and lack of irrigation water caused total summer crop area to be cut by half in 2006-07, to 743.000 hectares.

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