3 March, 2022
What was meant to be a once in a lifetime harvest, the 2021 season deteriorated almost instantly by unpredicted amounts of rain and tougher conditions.
“We were staring down the barrel of a once
in a lifetime harvest,” said one Gilgandra
“There were extraordinary yields, not just
high, but extraordinary with quite a high price.
That does not happen, and we missed that.”
There are still a handful of farmers in the
region who are continuing to finish off last little
bits of harvest here and there, over three months
after the usual deadline.
Rain delays caused crop values to drop, and
the longer it stayed in the paddock, the more it
To top it off, in recent weeks, inflation in the
agricultural sector has also gone through the
“Chemical and fertiliser for example and
now fuel as well. They’ve all gone up extraordinary
amounts. Like we’re talking up to double,”
said a Gilgandra farmer.
While farmers in the
district were disappointed, there were still positives
to come out of the unfortunate circumstances.
“We still got a one in 15-year event. So still
an extremely good result,” said a Gilgandra
“It was disappointing but I don’t think anyone’s
According to GrainCorp, Gilgandra’s harvest
was actually a ‘standout’.
“Gilgandra was another standout site this
harvest season, taking in over 374,000 tonnes of
grain – a record receival for the site,” said a
“The site is now busy outloading grain, by
road and rail, to port and domestic customers to
cater for more crop later this year."
Median expectation for the wheat yield in 2021, according to CSIRO, was 2.14 tonnes per hectare. This is 20 per cent above the 15-year national average.