The 2010-11 wheat harvest in Western Australia, top grain-exporting state, could drop about 33 per cent on planting delays and lack of rains, but the shortfall may be offset by bumper crops in the east of the country.
Demand for Australian wheat has risen as world supplies take a hit from a severe drought in the Black Sea region. Australia is the fourth-l argest wheat-exporting country.
Western Australia, which accounts for around 40 per cent of the wheat shipped out of Australia, could harvest about 5.5 million tonnes in 2010- 11, down around 2.5 million tonnes from the last season, the Grains Industry Association of Western Australia said Aug. 18.
Most areas in Western Australia had little, if any, available moisture to sustain plant growth, the association said.