Heatwave Might Trim Australian Wheat Yields

Eastern Australian farmers might be thanking their lucky stars that this year's much-touted El Nino event didn't arrive on the scene Down Under earlier than now, or wheat production this season might have been severely curtailed.

Much of western New South Wales sweltered in near-record heat today as temperatures soared to the high 30s and low 40s. In some parts of the far west of the state highs of 46 degrees were hit, and tomorrow is forecast to be even hotter.

The current record heat wave, which has caused kernel-shriveling that will reduce wheat yields, became established in a very dry October where conditions damaged wheat in the top 2 producing states of Western Australia and New South Wales, say Martell Crop Projections.

Victoria also report crop damage and reduced yield expectations.