The outlook is for a close to average yielding sorghum crop for the 2017/18 summer growing season in north-eastern Australia (NEAUS).
However, some variation in the outlook among local regions exists. More specifically, some areas in Central Queensland are showing slightly above average crop yield expectations, while most areas in Southern QLD and Northern NSW are having sorghum yield outcomes close to or below the long-term expectation.
It should be noted, this is still early in the growing season and the range of likely sorghum yield outcomes remains wide.
Widespread average to above average rainfall is needed, during the next couple of months to improve the current crop outlook across all areas of the north-eastern Australia (NEAUS) summer cropping season and the range of likely sorghum yield outcomes remains wide. This crop outlook is based on a crop-free (short fallow) practice through the winter season and therefore areas with longer fallow practices are likely to have better yield prospects for the coming season.