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 –  2020–21 Winter crop performance (PDF 891.4 KB)

  • Summer and autumn rain across the cereal zone provided the best season opening in several years with crops establishing well with good subsoil moisture.
  • During winter, dry conditions with frosts and strong winds with cold fronts has slowed crop growth, depleted soil moisture reserves and limited crop yield potential.
  • Crops with good potential production are in the eastern part of the State and southern coastal areas including southern Eyre Peninsula, but are depending on a good spring finish.
  • Parts of the mid-north, northern Yorke Peninsula and northern parts of the Eyre Peninsula have reduced crop production potential from the winter conditions and these crops are unlikely to produce average yields, even with a wet spring.
  • A near average crop estimated at 4.0 million hectares with estimated production of 7.9 million tonnes valued at  $2.2 billion (farm gate).
  • Pasture growth slowed in the cold, frosty conditions and farmers have had to reconsider hand feeding stock, particularly lactating animals to ensure good calf and lamb survival.
  • Rainfall for the pastoral districts was well below average for winter in the west, but August average to above average rain provided some relief in parts, but inadequate feed growth have kept restocking plans on hold.
  • However, significant rains of up to 100mm fell over parts of the pastoral zone in third week of September, providing hope of sustained regeneration of feed.

Crop and Pasture Exec Summary – 2020–21 Winter crop performance (PDF 524.9 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.

2020-21 season reports

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2019–20 season reports

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2020 Crop Sowing Guide (PDF 8.1 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.

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Page Last Reviewed: 15 Jun 2017
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