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It might be too dry in the west, but farmers in New South Wales are looking forward to a bumper 2010/11 wheat crop of 7.8 MMT, a 53% increase on last season, according to NSW Primary Industries Minister, Steve Whan.

As well as 2.95 million hectares of wheat the state has also planted 316,500 ha of canola, 782,000 ha of barley and 337,000 ha of chickpeas. Combined that should bring in a a record AUD2.8 billion winter crop this year, he says.

“That’s more than double the annual average of the last drought-stricken decade," according to Whan, who says the winter crop harvest will start in mid to late October in the north of the state and finish in the south in December.