Cropping

Northern Victorian farmers struggle to produce grain yields in tough season

By Rodney Woods

It was a mixed year for GrainCorp harvest takings across Victoria, with the impact of drought taking its toll on northern Victoria and some Mallee farmers.

In northern Victoria, Numurkah took in 10 351 tonnes of mostly canola, Dookie took in just under 48 000 tonne (majority canola, some wheat) and Yarrawonga recorded just under 27 000 tonne (canola and wheat).

GrainCorp corporate affairs manager Jess Simons said while northern Victoria struggled to produce yields, the Wimmera Mallee region fared far better.

“It was a mixed bag across the state overall as we know,” she said.

“The north-east corner and northern Mallee regions certainly faced more than their fair share of challenges in one of the worst droughts on record.

“Whereas we had a record year in parts of the Wimmera Mallee.

“We can only hope for a better season next year.”