Likely wiped out hundreds of thousands of tons from the State’s forecast bumper harvest.
14 Sep 2018 – Crops in the south eastern Wheatbelt were hit hardest by temperatures which fell in some places to -5 degrees, just one day after the Grain Industry Association of WA released its forecast for a 10 million tonne wheat and four million tonne barley crop, provided severe frosts could be avoided.
GIWA spokesperson Michael Lamond said barley would be worst hit because these crops were most advanced in the flowering, with some crops being severely affected.
CBH chairman Wally Newman, who farms at Newdegate, said temperatures plunged to minus four degrees in his area – the coldest local temperatures on record.
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