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Australia Wheat: Production Estimate Unchanged

USDA estimates Australia’s 2017/18 wheat production at 21.5 million metric tons (mmt), unchanged from last month but down 12.0 mmt or 36 percent from last year. Area is estimated at 12.5 million hectares, unchanged from last month but up 0.1 million or 1 percent from last year. The yield estimate of 1.72 tons per hectare is the second lowest in the past ten seasons. The lowest yield in the last decade occurred in the severe drought year of 2006/07.

Persistent dryness and the subsoil moisture deficit in a major portion of Australia’s winter wheat region contributed to an estimated 17-percent drop in wheat yield. Precipitation was well below average since major sowing operations commenced in May. Harvest began in November and is finished by the end of December.

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