Crop and pasture reports

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) publishes a report on the condition of Crops and Pastures in South Australia every second month. The report provides the estimates of the area and the production for each crop and district during the cropping season.

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 dashboard

This dashboard displays PIRSA crop and pasture report crop area and production data and was developed to provide a simple and quickly available source of crop statistical information.

View the crop and pasture report dashboard

South Australian crop area, production and yield are searchable by reporting district, by crop type and season. The data set used in generating the information covers the period from 1999-2000 season up to and including the current season.

Summary of latest report

Crop and Pasture Report – 2021–22 Summer Crop Performance (PDF 603.4 KB)

Crop and Pasture Executive Summary – 2021–22 Summer Crop Performance (PDF 433.6 KB)

  • Grain crops and pastures have endured challenging seasonal conditions, but still produced an above average 8.32 million tonnes from 3.91 million ha.
  • Season challenges included late opening rains, winter water logging, hot early spring conditions, hail storms followed by wet conditions during early harvest.
  • The crop farm gate value estimate is a record high $3.2 billion due to exceptionally high global prices and above average production estimate.
  • Wet October and November conditions caused interruptions to harvest after starting mid-October, but ideal dry December conditions allowed completion of grain harvest in all but small number of late districts finishing  in January.
  • Late spring rains resulted in reports of shot, sprung or discolouration resulting in occasional downgrades for a some harvested grain.
  • Farmers moved stock onto stubbles as harvest progressed, but in the mallee continued confinement feeding to protect paddocks from erosion.
  • Livestock are reported in good condition with plenty of feed available.
  • Heavy record breaking rain in late January caused major flooding, with significant damage to roads, rail infrastructure and farm fences particularly on the Eyre Peninsula and pastoral districts but also in parts of the northern districts and Kangaroo Island.
  • Severe soil erosion in paddocks observed on eastern Eyre Peninsula may have serious consequences for new season cropping, but elsewhere the rains have filled soil moisture profiles - an advantage for the new season crop.

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.

2021-22 season reports

Crop and Pasture reports:

Crop and Pasture summaries:

2020-21 season reports

Crop and Pasture reports:

Crop and Pasture summaries:

2021 South Australian Sowing Guide (PDF 13.6 MB)

2019-20 season reports

Crop and Pasture Reports:

Crop and Pasture Summaries:

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

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Page Last Reviewed: 15 Jun 2017
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