June 27, 2008


Australia's grain sorghum to leap by 110 percent


Australia's recent summer grain sorghum harvest is estimated to be 110 percent above last year, as farmers in northern NSW and Queensland benefited from favourable growing conditions.


The Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resources Economics' (ABARE) said grain sorghum production for the 2007-08 season reached 2.7 million tonnes - 55 percent above the five year average.


Increased yields and area planted contributed to the 110-percent increase in production, the bureau said.


NSW grain sorghum production for 2007-08 was estimated at a record 1.05 million tonnes an increase of 173 percent on 2006-07.


Similarly, Queensland production jumped 82 percent on-year to 1.64 million tonnes, with yields reduced across some areas of the state due to a lack of follow-up rain.

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