State's wheat area at record low

Record low: According to the June report, produced by GIWA, the late start to the season has seen wheat areas continue to be substituted with barley. Photo: Farm Weekly.
Record low: According to the June report, produced by GIWA, the late start to the season has seen wheat areas continue to be substituted with barley. Photo: Farm Weekly.

The latest crop report released by the state's peak grain industry body has confirmed the late start to the 2019 season could see the state's lowest wheat area on record.

According to the June report, produced by the Grain Industry Association of WA, the late start to the season has seen wheat areas continue to be substituted with barley.

As a result, the state's wheat area for this year is likely to be historically low at less than 52 per cent of the total crop area and, subsequently, the barley area will be the largest on record.

The recent rainfall reported across much of WA has been lighter in the Esperance Port Zone.

However, weather fronts are predicted to drop more rain in the eastern parts of the zone in the coming days.

Rainfall of between 5mm and 30mm, received in most of the zone in the last few weeks, has seen crops either germinate and emerge.

Unfortunately for those in the dryer northern areas of the zone, there has been no useful rainfall until several days ago.

The northern areas are not alone, with most western areas of the zone having also missed out on storm fronts throughout the month of May.

About 50 per cent of crops are believed to have emerged.

Due to the tough start, canola crops have been slow to emerge and growers have encountered some insect issues.

Fortunately, as a result of the very dry summer the region has experienced, green peach aphid has not proven as much of a problem as it did for growers in 2018.