More Bad News From Down Under

The drought thing’s back in the news:

Scarce winter rain across much of drought-parched Australia led a key government forecaster Tuesday to slash its harvest predictions for wheat and barley.

The wheat harvest, one of Australia’s major agricultural exports, was estimated at 15.5 million metric tons (17 million U.S. tons), down 31 percent from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics’ last forecast in June.

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