Sorghum Crop Outlook March 2018 (Australia)

13 March 2018

Seasonal Crop Outlook 
Sorghum - March 2018 

This late in the 2017/18 season, predicted average crop yield for north eastern Australia’s (NEAUS) summer cropping region has converged to 2.73 t/ha, which is well below (17th percentile) the long-term median expectation.

However, large variation exists across regions, with Central Queensland (CQ) having an above median forecast yield of 2.34 t/ha (73rd percentile).

The SEQ, SWQ and NNSW regions have below average yield outcomes predicted with forecast median yields (and percentiles) of 2.88 t/ha (21st), and 1.77 t/ha (11th) and 3.32 t/ha (16th), respectively.

Note the large local variation in crop yields exists within shires. The recent above average rainfall recorded of late in February in most parts of QLD summer cropping region will increase the risk of damage due to pests or disease and cause harvesting problems.

In addition, this crop outlook is based on a crop-free (fallow) practice through the winter season and therefore areas with longer fallow practices are likely to have better cropping yield prospects for the coming season.