Seasonal Crop Outlook (Wheat)
QAAFI's Dr Andries Potgieter (left) produces regular seasonal outlooks for sorghum and wheat producers in Queensland. These high-value reports (see below) are written in an easy-to-read style and are issued free. New wheat reports will uploaded on this page as soon as they come to hand.
About Dr Andries Potgieter
Dr Potgieter (left) obtained a Bachelor of Science (Hons, MSc) in Mathematical Statistics at the University of the Orange Free State in 1991 and completed his PhD in the use of remote-sensing technologies, discriminating between specific and total winter cropping areas across regions and seasons, at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia in 2009.
Before coming to QAAFI in 2010, Dr Potgieter worked for the Queensland Government for more than 11 years as a senior research scientist. His main research interest is in the complex integration of spatial production modelling, climate forecasting and remotely sensed systems at a regional scale. In particular, his interest targets agricultural research that enhances the profitability and sustainability of spatial production systems through a better understanding of the linkages and interactions of such systems across a range of spatial (e.g. field, farm, catchment, national), and temporal (i.e. seasons to decades) scales.
Wheat Outlook Summary (July 2014)
A combination of a reduced chance of rainfall for the next 3-months, and the drier- warmer conditions that continued during April to June, resulted in a further worsening of the current winter crop prospects for most parts of the Queensland cropping region. Currently, there is an increased chance of below to very-much below median wheat crop for the 2014 winter season across most of Queensland. There remains, however, some variation within the state’s cropping region with most parts of eastern, southern and central QLD’s cropping region showing below average chances (< 30%) of exceeding the long-term median wheat yield. Early plantings have occurred for some areas, however, wide spread above average rainfall is needed during the next couple of weeks to induce the possibility of late planting opportunities and improve current cropping season conditions. Note that most atmospheric and ocean indicators of ENSO are currently predicting the development of an El Niño event later this winter for the southern hemisphere ... [/more]
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