South Australia

Australian Crop Report: February edition

Seasonal conditions in South Australia were variable during the winter crop season but rainfall was sufficient and timely in key cropping regions. Harvest was delayed in some regions during November and December by wet and cool conditions.

Winter crop production in South Australia is estimated to have increased by 39% in 2020–21 to 8.4 million tonnes, reflecting significant improvement in yields from the low yields of 2019–20. This production estimate is the same as the forecast published in the December edition of Australian crop report. However less wheat was produced than expected. This was offset by higher than expected barley production.

Wheat production is estimated to have increased by 50% in 2020–21 to 4.8 million tonnes. Area planted is estimated to have increased by 6%, while the average yield is estimated to have increased by 41% from the low yields achieved in 2019–20.

Barley production is estimated to have increased by 30% to 2.4 million tonnes, driven by an estimated 27% increase in the average yield.

Canola production is estimated to have increased by 25% in 2020–21 to 375,000 tonnes, 10% above the 10-year average to 2019–20. The estimated increase in production reflects a 22% increase in the average yield and an estimated 2% increase in planted area.

Table 9 Winter crop estimates, South Australia, 2020–21
Crop Area
’000 ha
Area change
Prod. change
Wheat 2075 2.31 4800 6 50
Barley 860 2.79 2400 2 30
Canola 225 1.67 375 2 25

Note: Yields are based on area planted. Area based on planted crop that is harvested, fed off or failed. Percent change are relative to last year.
Sources: ABARES

Last reviewed: 16 February 2021
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