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

Summary

  • Mostly average to above average rain across the cereal zone in May and June.
  • The good opening has seen the crop area return to a near average 3.81 million hectares, after two successive seasons of smaller crops.
  • Farmers seeded new season crops into a moist seedbed, finishing in all districts by mid-June.
  • Since compilation of this report on 6 July (Crop and Pasture Summary updated 15 August), July rain was below average, followed by timely August rains in all but northern Murray Mallee, and parts of Eastern Eyre Peninsula.
  • Estimated production as at 6 July was 7.95 million tonnes, but this will be reviewed with next report in September.
  • Lack of subsoil moisture reserves in most districts is a risk to production if late winter-spring is dry.
  • Now that pastures or sown fodder crops have established bulk, hand feeding of stock has mostly stopped in the cereal zone.
  • Apart from the northern border, the pastoral districts rainfall was well below average.
  • Serious feed and surface water shortages continue across the pastoral districts, with properties completely destocked or only carrying core breeding stock.

Crop and Pasture Summary - July 2019 (PDF 730.5 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

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Crop and Pasture Summaries:

2018-19 season reports

Crop and Pasture Reports:

Crop and Pasture Summaries:

2019 Crop Sowing Guide (PDF 12.8 MB)

2017-18 season reports

Older reports

See historical Crop and Pasture Reports.

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Page Last Reviewed: 15 Jun 2017
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