Mon Jul 16, 2012 06:24 AM CDT

SINGAPORE (Dow Jones) -- The El Nino weather event is expected to occur anytime later this year, bringing dry weather to Australia and damaging the wheat crop, a senior agricultural scientist said Thursday.

El Nino is currently in a neutral stage but a study of ocean temperatures indicate that this weather pattern may become active again, Daniel Tan, a senior lecturer in agronomy at the University of Sydney, said on the sidelines of the World Sustainable Agriculture Congress here.

Weather forecasting models show that there is a strong possibility of El Nino's occurrence, and this usually results in below average ...

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