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Crop farmers...you may need to do your 'rain dance' in coming months.

Below average Autumn rainfall, has seen this year's Winter crop plantings expected to drop by 4%.

The lack of early season rain has seen Canola drop to 2.5 million hectares...while trade disputes with India have seen Chickpea plantings fall by a huge 53%.

Abares Senior Economist, Peter Collins has said there's still a desperate need for rain over the next three months.

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