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Australian Pulse Output Jumps

PANAMA - Nov 30/20 - SNS -- Production of the five main pulses grown in Australia ended up at 2.87 million metric tons (MT) this year, up over one million tons from last year and almost equal to the previous five year average.

Even so, controversy surrounds the numbers, with some industry participants believing the latest estimates from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences are low.

Commenting on the growing season, ABARES said, "Winter crop production in Australia was boosted by very favorable seasonal conditions during spring in most cropping regions in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Crops in these states were generally in very good condition at the end of winter and favorable rainfall during September and October increased soil moisture levels during the critical grain development period.

"Crop prospects in Western Australia and Queensland were less favorable than other states at the end of winter and yield prospects deteriorated in these states during early spring because of unfavorable seasonal conditions."

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