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|Unfavourable prospects for current crops||Food supply shortfall in current marketing year requiring exceptional assistance||Unfavourable crop prospects and food supply shortfall|
OCEANIA:The harvest of the 2005 winter grains is just starting in some northern parts of Australia. Although production forecasts still vary somewhat reflecting very varied rainfall patterns in different parts of the country, the impact of which has been difficult to assess in parts, output of wheat, the major winter grain, is expected to be at least 20 million tonnes, close to last year’s level. Prospects for the summer coarse grain crops (mostly sorghum and maize) planted in September and October for harvest in 2006 are somewhat uncertain following predominantly dry weather continuing throughout September in Queensland, where a large share of the summer crops is produced.