TOOWOOMBA (B)--Australia's grainbelt is seen as having a 40 to 65% chance of exceeding median rainfall over October to December, while maximum temperatures in the southeast Australian grainbelt have a 70 to 75% of exceeding the median over the period, Australia's National Climate Centre said in its three-month seasonal outlook out this week.

Chances of a wetter-than-normal fourth quarter are greatest at 65% in northern New South Wales and southern and central Queensland, where Australia's cotton and sorghum is grown over summer. This forecast bodes well for the planting of these crops over the period.

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