- In Australia, approximately 22,300 agricultural businesses (or 17% of all agricultural businesses) reported using some type of soil enhancer on their agricultural land, covering an area of 3.8 million hectares.
- The most common type of soil enhancer used was lime and/or dolomite, with around 58% of agricultural businesses using soil enhancer applying those types. This was followed by gypsum and compost, with 28% and 18% of agricultural businesses using soil enhancers applying these types respectively.
- Lime and/or dolomite were applied to 1.8 million hectares of agricultural land, which was 47% of the total area to which soil enhancers were applied. Around 981,000 hectares of this was in Western Australia, representing approximately 55% of the area to which lime and/or dolomite were applied.
- The use of biochar as a soil enhancer was not reported as a common activity, with application to only 12,400 hectares across Australia, accounting for less than 1% of the total area of soil enhancer use.
SOIL ENHANCER USE, Australia, year ended 30 June 2013
|Lime and/or dolomite|
1 783 155
|Other soil enhancers|
|(a) 2011-12 figures for calculating percentage changes are sourced from Agricultural Resource Management Practices, Australia, 2011-12 (cat.no. 4630.0)|
This page last updated 21 August 2014