Australia wheat plantings seen up 13 percent, canola up 40 percent

According to the Profarmer/Callum Downs Planting Intentions Survey, Australian grain growers will plant record wheat, barley and canola crops this year.


Wheat plantings will rise in every State, for a 13 per cent increase in the national plant, which would equate to record plantings of around 13.9 million hectares - well above the record 13.1 million hectares in 2004-05.

Queensland is planning the biggest increase (35 per cent) and solid increases are also being pencilled in across New South Wales (15 per cent) and WA (15 per cent).

Growers across the southern cropping States of South Australia (8 per cent) and Victoria (2 per cent) are planning more moderate planting increases.


The rise in barley planting intentions surprised almost rivals the increase in wheat plantings, at 11 per cent.

This would lead to record plantings of 4.8 million hectares.

The biggest increases will be in WA (14 per cent) and SA (16 per cent).

The increase in cereal plantings of 2 per cent and 5 per cent for wheat and barley, respectively, foreshadowed by Victorian growers appears a little disappointing.

However, this should be read in the context of a 10 per cent lift in canola sowings.


Nationally, our survey foreshadows a large lift of around 40 per cent in canola plantings, leading to record plantings of nearly 1.5 million hectares.

This is double the increase forecast by the Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF).

The big rise in canola plantings across NSW (66 per cent) counters AOF forecasts, as does the lift in Victorian plantings. AOF is suggesting a rise in SA, but our survey reckons area will fall slightly (2 per cent).