Australian wheat crop at risk – graphic of the day

A record-breaking heat wave across Australia’s grain belt could hurt the country’s wheat planting prospects this year, deepening concerns over global supplies amid a relentless US drought. Wheat planting in Australia is at least two months away, but temperatures upwards of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) have already sapped the soil of much-needed moisture. Today’s graphic shows projected rainfall for the next few months as well as production & exports since 2000.