Australian crop report

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Australian crop report is a quarterly report that assesses crop condition and prospects for major field crops in Australia. It includes analysis of climate and ag​ronomic conditions and forecasts of area, yield and production in key producing states.

Key issues

  • Total area planted to summer crops is estimated to have increased by 2 per cent in 2017-18 to 1.3 million hectares. This is a 9 per cent downward revision from the forecast ABARES published in the December 2017 edition of Australian crop report. The revision reflects less than forecast late planting of grain sorghum because of unfavourable seasonal conditions. Total summer crop production is forecast to increase by 12 per cent to around 4.3 million tonnes.
  • For the major summer crops, area planted to grain sorghum is forecast to increase by 26 per cent to 501,000 hectares, area planted to cotton is forecast to decrease by 10 per cent to 500,000 hectares and area planted to rice is forecast to decrease by 2 per cent to 80,000 hectares.
  • Total winter crop production is estimated to have decreased by 36 per cent in 2017-18 to 37.8 million tonnes. Production in 2017-18 is estimated to be 6 per cent above the 10 year average to 2015-16.
  • The 2017-18 winter crop production estimate is an upward revision of 8 per cent from the ABARES forecast published in the December 2017 edition of Australian crop report, which reflects better than expected yields in some key cropping regions.
  • For the major winter crops, wheat production is estimated to have decreased by 38 per cent to 21.2 million tonnes, barley production is estimated to have decreased by 33 per cent to 8.9 million tonnes and canola production is estimated to have decreased by 15 per cent to 3.7 million tonnes.
  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics released some preliminary estimates of 2016-17 crop production on 8 January 2018. These estimates are being reviewed and subject to revision.

Australian cropping land use

Map of Australia showing boundaries of Australian agricultural land use.  
Note: excludes sugarcane
Source: ABARES 2017, Catchment Scale Land Use of Australia - Update September 2017, ABARES, Canberra, November. CC BY 4.0.

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, 2018

Download the full version of the Australian Crop Report: February 2018 No. 185.

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Last reviewed:
08 Mar 2018