Crop and pasture reports

Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) publishes a report on the condition of Crops and Pastures in South Australia every second month. During the cropping season estimates of the area and production for each crop and district are also provided with the report. The report is assembled by regionally based consultants. Visit Rural Solutions SA.

The estimates are quality checked from a number of sources. Occasionally adjustments are made. The table in the current report has the updated estimates which may vary slightly from tables in previous year's reports on this site.

Latest report

Crop and Pasture Report – Harvest 2019–20 (PDF 616.5 KB)

  • After a promising start to the season, crops lost potential yield with the dry conditions combined with frost damage from late winter through crop ripening.
  • Estimated production is unchanged from November at 6.2 million tonnes, worth a farm gate value of $1.8 billion.
  • Harvest is finished, with crop yields in a number of districts better than expected given the spring conditions.
  • Wind damage to unharvested crops in parts of the state reduced production in those districts, the worst affected being Lower Eyre Peninsula.
  • Pastures or stubbles of harvested crops provided feed for livestock in many areas except drought affected areas on Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Upper North and Northern Murray Mallee.
  • The pastoral district rainfall was well below average with some stations recording lowest rainfall on record in December.
  • Serious feed and surface water shortages continue across the pastoral districts, with properties completely destocked or only carrying core breeding stock.
  • Severe fires in November to January in several districts resulted in crop and livestock losses, infrastructure, machinery and fencing damage.

Crop and Pasture Exec Summary – Harvest 2019–20 (PDF 450.5 KB)

Crop reporting districts map

Crop estimates for a season are provided commencing with the Seeding and Crop Establishment Report. Estimates are based on the districts defined in the following map.

2019–20 season reports

Crop and Pasture Reports:

Crop and Pasture Summaries:

2020 Crop Sowing Guide (PDF 8.7 MB)

2018–19 season reports

Crop and Pasture Reports:

Crop and Pasture Summaries:

2017–18 season reports

Older reports

See historical Crop and Pasture Reports.

More information

See more agricultural reports and newsletters.

Page Last Reviewed: 15 Jun 2017
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