Farming In Focus - Spring 2022

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Spring has sprung and as the warmer days, clearer skies and more sun shines upon us the warm soil conditions welcome the Spring seeding scene. Rainfall has generally benefited 2022-23 production prospects of winter crops and improvement in seasonal conditions towards the end of the planting window has seen a 2% increase in area planted to wheat and 14% increase in canola. While average rainfall has been largely beneficial to winter crop production prospects, which has seen much of eastern and southern areas maintain above average pasture production and support livestock restocking, parts of eastern Australia have not had the most favourable conditions with extensive rain in central and northern New South Wales and south- east Queensland, where water

logging has restricted some planting. Following a relatively dry start to winter in South Australia, conditions have turned with wetter than average falls in the south and east of the state however conditions remain favourable in the mid and north of the state. There is generally an indication of above average yield potential across the country, but will be dependent on the timing and intensity of rainfall during the remainder of the growing season, particularly in New South Wales and Queensland where soil moisture levels are already well above average for this time of year. The 2021-22 La Niña has come to an end and the global Autumn climate outlook is dryer than usual. This is likely to create a tight world supply for grain which has Australian agronomics with a spring in its

step. Although the B.O.M has suggested we will be re-entering La Niña conditions in the next few months, for now, we wish you all happy Spring seeding.

Glenn Soper General Manager Seeding and Tillage, CNH Industrial

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