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Dry weather has started to take its toll on the winter crops in both Central and Southern Queensland. Central Queensland was doing OK until the last three weeks. Lack of beneficial rain has caused growers to be concerned with yield loss and chance of screenings in the early planted wheat crops. Late planted crops of wheat are also lacking adequate moisture as the crop matures. Chickpea crops are holding on, but again lack of finishing rain will see crops yield less than first expected. Early planted wheat crops are ripening and harvest could be two weeks away.
In Southern Queensland growers have had to contend with the lack of rain and exceptional higher than average temperature for August. If the dry conditions were not enough we have now had to endure Frost damage. Hopefully this will be minimal and the crops can at least yield an average to below average yields. Chickpeas have also been damaged with the frost last week and reports are the plants has lost the top layer of flowers. The impact of the frost damage is hard to gauge at the moment so will require at least a week to ten days before the damage is evident.