Southern Queensland cropping regions are nearing the end of what looks to be a strong winter harvest. But the process has been interrupted by afternoon storms brought on by what appear to be early signs of the forecast La Nina weather system.

Up to 70mm of rain has been recorded in parts of the south west, while the western Darling Downs area received only small downfalls – not enough to be a significant aid ahead of summer planting season, but still enough to hinder winter harvesting efforts.

Research by Rabobank has revealed the national winter harvest is on track to produce 47.7 million tonnes of wheat barley and canola. That’s 63 percent more than during last year’s drought period, and 16 percent more than the five-year-average.

The harvest season is now moving to the east and the south as the weather continues to warm.

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