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

  • Prospects for total winter crop production in Australia fell slightly during spring but there was significant regional variation. Crop prospects improved significantly in Western Australia but declined significantly in New South Wales and Queensland.
  • Harvest is underway in many regions but progress has been slowed during November by rainfall events. According to the latest rainfall outlook, issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on 30 November 2017 December rainfall is likely to be higher than average in south east cropping regions, but there is no clear indication that summer will be wetter or drier than average overall.
  • Total winter crop production is forecast to decrease by 41 per cent in 2017-18 to 34.9 million tonnes, which reflects expected falls in yields from the exceptionally high yields of 2016-17. Production in 2017-18 is forecast to be 2 per cent below the 10 year average to 2015-16.
  • The 2017-18 winter crop production forecast is a downward revision of 4 per cent from the ABARES forecast published in the September 2017 edition of Australian crop report.
  • For the major winter crops, wheat production is forecast to decrease by 42 per cent to 20.3 million tonnes, barley production is forecast to decrease by 40 per cent to 8.0 million tonnes and canola production is forecast to decrease by 31 per cent to 2.9 million tonnes.
  • Total area planted to summer crops is forecast to increase by 13 per cent in 2017-18 to 1.5 million hectares. Favourable rainfall during the summer crop planting window will be required for planting intentions to be realised. Total summer crop production is forecast to increase by 23 per cent to around 4.8 million tonnes.
  • For the major summer crops, grain sorghum area is forecast to increase by 61 per cent to 636,000 hectares, cotton area is forecast to decrease by 10 per cent to 500,000 hectares and rice area is forecast to decrease by 2 per cent to 80,000 hectares.

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, 2017

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Last reviewed:
12 Dec 2017