A record canola crop is expected in Australia in 2022/23, according to forecasts by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), reported by Alberta Farmer Express.
Improved crop prospects in many parts of the country more than offset losses in other regions, the 7 December report said.
The country’s canola crop is forecast at 7.3M tonnes, an increase of 4% compared to the previous record set last year, according to the ABARES crop report published on 6 December.
Total production of all winter crops – including barley, canola and wheat – was forecast to reach 62M tonnes, which would be the second highest on record. Heavy spring rainfall led to extensive crop losses in New South Wales, with the moisture also causing harvest delays in the state and neighbouring Victoria. However, conditions were more favourable in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, the report said.