Australia Winter wheat ranges from vegetative growth to jointing across the key growing areas as we move through early spring. Some of the more northerly growing areas, in Queensland, may be at or near heading. Reports suggest that the West Australia wheat belt has been impacted due to well below normal winter rainfall, June through August. The northern New South Wales and southern Queensland areas had more favorable winter rains. The southeast Australia wheat areas had a variable rainfall pattern during the winter months, some too dry while others have more favorable moisture supplies at this time.
The early September weather has featured some needed rainfall in the West Australia wheat belt but probably not enough to make up for the deficits from the winter. The forecast for this area calls for dry weather through the weekend. Showers are expected early next week but mostly light showers. More rain will be needed to support more favorable development of this crop.
The southeast Australia wheat areas will see mainly dry conditions or with only a few light showers during the next 5-7 days. This area is also in need of more rain but since the crop is not as far along and the temperatures are cooler this is not as important as it is to the west.
The northern New South Wales and southern Queensland area will also be dry during the weekend. This area also has a chance for scattered light showers early next week. This may be enough to maintain more favorable growing conditions, since sub soil moisture should be better in the area. However, more rain will be needed during the coming weeks to continue this more favorable trend.