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Tuesday, 29 October 1974
Page: 2024

Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -I ask the Minister for Agriculture what are the most recent estimates for the wheat crop? To what extent has the incidence of red rust affected crop prospects throughout Australia?

Senator WRIEDT -The.last forecast given to me was around 400 million bushels. That was based on a fairly conservative estimate in Western Australia. I understand that we could get another 20 million or 30 million bushels out of the crop so we would be looking at a total figure betwen 420 million and 430 million bushels. My understanding is that as yet there is no rust problem. I think it is a little early yet. Honourable senators may recall that last year the rust struck fairly late in the season. I think we just have to hope that the rust does not attack again. As far as I know, at this stage no rust problem has been reported.

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