Australia – Freeze destroys $180m worth of crops

22 Nov 2017 – A late “cold snap” ripped across western and central Victoria this month, causing extensive damage to wheat and legumes. (Why does the media love the words “cold snap,” I wonder?)

Some growers estimated that about half of their wheat crops were destroyed. Others reported a 90-100 per cent loss just weeks from what was shaping up as a bumper harvest.

“Damage ranges from 10 per cent of affected crop to 100 per cent wipe-out, depending on topography, moisture and a range of other issues,” said Agriculture Victoria’s southwest grains regional manager Rob O’Shannessy.

O’Shannessy estimated farmer losses from the frosts at $100-$180 million.

That figure is expected to climb once losses for Grampians and Pyrenees wine grapes and Swan Hill stonefruit are factored in.

Thanks to Piers Corbyn and Argiris Diamantis for these links

11 thoughts on “Australia – Freeze destroys $180m worth of crops”

  1. So three years before the end of the first Solar cycle of this Modern Grand Solar Minimum we now seeing the effects of a complete 4 season cycle in both Hemispheres , first the Northern Hemisphere shortened grown seasons have affected spring/summer Wheat crops, and the Southern Hemisphere has followed in sequence with similar damage to the human staple Wheat.
    Any wonder why in previous Grand Solar Minimums famine became a fact of life or more likely death? If your planted crop fails, you replant, and hope to survive, or end up eating your seed corn for next year. After that you starve, or move to a more favourable climate locations.
    In this modern world there isn’t the room to move, or are the grain stores available to ship grain to affected areas regardless of the transport capability the world has to day. The Democrat Gullible warmists closed them all of the Grain stores and the Russians will want a pound of flesh in return for whats left in theirs.

  2. Why does the media love the words “cold snap,” I wonder?

    Hmm, could it be that a “snap” sounds like it is some short term thing.

    Sounds a lot better than the truth “we’ve been cooling for 5,000 years and out inter-glacial period is almost over”.

    Ah well they can continue to prepare for “thermogedeon” while I prepare for a resumption in cold climate.

  3. Dr David Evans (AU) reckons 2018 is the year we will see the changes really kick-in.
    I’m building a polythene and mud-brick growing tunnel for my wife’s catering business as we see quite varied weather at 2700ft in the mountains outside Sydney.

  4. I think it is called a cold snap because the stalks of the wheat plant really do go “Snap!” in the cold.

  5. im a tad sth of there and we got a 5c or less night
    our damage here was week later with rain damaging crops. weve had thinder n lightning last 2 days risking severe fires due to huge grass growth also
    and im still planting seeds out that are just now able to germinate due to cold soil temps
    sure is a nutty yr
    ps Robrt an email ive sent you… re the supposed heatwave in vic:-) a week of over 28c in melbourne..

  6. Looking over the Australian Newspapers the last few days, there is nothing being reported about the severity of this freeze.
    They have however, proclaimed that this is hottest November start in over 100 years. This, despite the cold Melbourne Cup day– one of the coldest in a decade.

    Picking this week over the last 5 years, November is not a heatwave standout fro Melbourne. The press just keeps on lying.

    Nov 22, 2017. 32/22 C
    Nov 21, 2016. 35/21 C
    Nov 25, 2105. 34/11 C
    Nov 22, 2014. 31/20 C
    Nov 19, 2103. 31/14 C
    Nov 29, 2102. 39/15C

  7. Yes indeed. It is a hot, humid spell we are having in Victoria at present but not entirely unusual! This followed a cold early Nov. when we had a pretty sharp frost that did the new growth on figs and the like not much good. When the heat came on top of that the poor plants looked pretty knocked about.

    We also have incredible grass growth and it is now turning into a fire risk…I’m just about to go brush-cutting along the last bit of electric fence to be done. We are still awaiting attention to the roadsides by the powers-that-be. Our road is a tourist route; you’d think it would be a priority. The neighbouring shire does a much better job. Ours was very badly hit by the Black Saturday Firestorm so one would think money better spent on clearing roadsides than on prissy walks and picnic spots, would one not?

  8. Tim, they call it a ‘cold snap’ because it makes it seem less ominous, and they’re afraid that the sheeple might begin to notice that it’s getting colder rather than warmer. But one or two days of relatively hot weather, usually with the temperature measured near an airport, is described as a ‘heat wave’ or better still ‘the hottest two days since records began’. 🙂

  9. Here in the upper Midwest of the United States we’ve always called it a cold snap. But we haven’t had one where it gets to -10°F and stays there for days on end for a long time. On the other hand, summers here in Wisconsin and most of the states east of the Rockies, have been cooler. Mid 90s Fahrenheit is getting to be a rare occurrence.

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