Australian summer crops to expand
The Australian summer crop area is expected to increase by 3.3% to some 1.4 million ha in 2013/14 provided that there is sufficient rainfall in the run-up to planting. Most of the increase is likely to come from a 12.2% rise in sorghum plantings to 634,000 ha, reflecting high grain feed prices, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). By contrast, cotton plantings are set to fall by 1.8% to 434,000 ha and rice plantings by 11.4% to 101,000 ha. The latter reflects an expected shortage in irrigation water, the ABARES notes.