7105.0 - ABS Agriculture Statistics Collection Strategy - 2008-09 and beyond, 2009  
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2008-09 Agricultural Survey - Content

The proposed content of the 2008-09 Agricultural Survey includes questions in the following areas of commodity production, land use and water data:

    • Area of holding at 30 June 2009
    • Main use of land by broad land use types between 1 June 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Pasture seed production between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Hay and silage production and sales between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Hay and silage on hand at 30 June 2009
    • Cereal crops by area sown and total production between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Irrigated and non-irrigated sugar cane by area planted and total production between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Irrigated and non-irrigated cotton by area planted and production between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Essential oil crops harvested or failed by area sown and total production between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Other crops harvested, fed off or failed between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • On-farm grain storage by tonnes between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Wheat grain use by milling and feed grade between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Nurseries, cut flowers and cultivated turf by area undercover and area outdoor between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Vegetables for seed by area sown and seed production between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Vegetables for sale for human consumption by area sown and total production between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Citrus fruit intended for sale grown between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009 by trees under 6 years, trees over 6 years and total production
    • Stone fruit intended for sale grown between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009 by trees under 6 years, trees over 6 years and total production
    • Pome fruit intended for sale grown between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009 by trees under 6 years, trees over 6 years and total production
    • Nuts intended for sale grown between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009 by trees under 6 years, trees over 6 years and total production
    • Other orchard fruit intended for sale grown between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009 by trees under 6 years, trees over 6 years and total production
    • Berry fruit intended for sale grown between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009 by area not yet bearing, area of bearing age and total production
    • Other fruit intended for sale grown between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009 by area not yet bearing, area of bearing age and total production
    • Grapevines used for wine grape production, drying grape production and table or other grape production by area not yet bearing, area of bearing age and total grape production during the year ended 30 June 2009
    • Live poultry by number on holding at 30 June 2009
    • Dairy cattle by number on holding at 30 June 2009
    • Meat cattle by number on holding at 30 June 2009
    • Sheep by number on holding at 30 June 2009
    • Lambing between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Ewes that are expected to lamb between 1 July 2009 and 30 June 2010
    • Pigs by number on holding at 30 June 2009
    • Other livestock by number on holding at 30 June 2009
    • Water used for agricultural production by area watered and volume applied between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Sources of water used for agricultural production on holding between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Tools used to decide when to irrigate and/or how much water to apply between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Irrigation or watering methods used on crops or pastures between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Changes made to irrigation or watering practices on holding between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009 or intention to make changes after 30 June 2009
    • Livestock grazed on watered or irrigated pasture between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Irrigation operating expenditure between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • Total value of all irrigating equipment and infrastructure on holding at 30 June 2009
    • Receipts from sales of water or irrigation equipment between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009
    • On-farm water storage capacity and percentage of total capacity full at 30 June 2009

By expanding the form size slightly, the ABS has been able to achieve, from a single national collection vehicle, a more detailed commodity coverage than that of both the 2005-06 Agricultural Census and the 2006-07 Agricultural Survey. The ABS has also been able to include a detailed suite of water use questions designed to collect important data for inclusion in the ABS 2008-09 Water Account and to inform water policy discussions.

A sample copy of the proposed 2008-09 Agricultural Survey form (pdf. 505Kb).