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WA  wheat harvest could ease global fears
Capel farmers Terry and Rob Bell. Picture: Danella Bevis.

WA grain growers have a significant role to play in easing a global food shortage, a prominent American commodities analyst says.

Droughts in North America and Russia have led to predictions of a huge global shortfall of grains and oil seeds.

AgResource Company president Dan Basse is predicting a food security calamity at least for "a very short period of time".

As a result, a good crop in WA and other parts of the country are critical to shore up world grain supplies.

"We need every metric tonne of wheat and grain the Australian farmers can produce," Mr Basse told the ABC today, adding that WA grain would be in huge demand because of its higher protein.

"Anything that the Australian farmer can do to assure or boost his production should be profitable in the year ahead."