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