SA grain harvest to provide record returns

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South Australia's grain harvest is set to reap record returns with an estimated farm gate value of $2.8 billion in 2021/22.

A state government report says grain production is expected to reach 7.98 million tonnes, close to the 10-year average of eight million tonnes.

But prices are up, largely due to unfavourable growing conditions in other grain-producing countries.

"While the report highlights South Australian grain production remaining average depended on spring rains, record prices for some varieties are driving strong returns to the grain industry," Primary Industries Minister David Basham said.

The report shows an area of 3.9 million hectares has been sown this year, with above-average rainfall in July contributing to crop establishment with most districts having average to above-average yield potential.

However, it said below-average August rains and the continuing drier trend in early September had emphasised the need for good spring rains to finish the season.

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