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SE Australia May Have Drier Quarter, Forecaster Says
Australian & New Zeland, September 16, 2004
Wheat, barley and other winter crops in southeastern Australia will probably receive below-average rainfall in the next quarter, the Australian government's weather forecaster said.

A drier end to the crop-growing season could reduce grain production from Australia, the world's second-biggest wheat exporter. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural & Resource Economics last week trimmed its harvest forecast by 3.9 percent amid concern an El Nino weather event will bring less rain.

Southeastern South Australia state, south-central Victoria and northern Tasmania have a 35-to-40 percent chance of receiving above-median rainfall in the three months ending Dec. 31, the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology said in a report on its Web site. Most other crop-growing areas have a 50:50 chance of above- median rainfall, the bureau in Melbourne said.

``The current pattern of outlook probabilities is due to recent temperature patterns in both the Pacific and Indian Oceans,'' the bureau said. The chance of a late-developing El Nino event increased over the past month, ``with several, but not all, indicators reaching their El Nino thresholds,'' it said.

El Nino weather conditions can cause drought in Australia and Southeast Asia, and flooding in western parts of North and South America.

The last El Nino ended early last year after parching two- thirds of Australia, reducing grain, beef, cotton, sugar, dairy and wool production and causing profit to plunge for companies such as AWB Ltd., farm chemical distributor Nufarm Ltd. and cattle rancher Australian Agricultural Co.

Farmers in Australia want rain between now and October to allow wheat, barley and other crops to complete their growing period before warmer weather in November reduces soil moisture.

The government's commodity forecaster said Sept. 7 that Australia may harvest 22.3 million metric tons of wheat, down from 23.2 million tons forecast in June.
MGR Archive 18.9.2004
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