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1362.6 - Regional Statistics, Tasmania, 2005  
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Crops and pastures for hay - Tasmanian crop and pasture production is dominated by the production of pastures for hay. In 2000-01, the Northern Region produced 44.1% (121,881 tonnes) of the state's total pasture production, followed by the Mersey-Lyell Region, 37.3% (103,237 tonnes), and the Greater Hobart-Southern Region, 18.6% (51,524 tonnes).

Broadacre crops - Barley and wheat were the main broadacre crops grown in Tasmania in 2000-01, with 25,992 and 25,554 tonnes produced respectively. Tasmanian production of barley decreased by 26.2% from 1996-97 to 2000-01, with decreases in each region: the Mersey-Lyell Region, by 58.0%; the Northern Region, by 28.7%; and the Greater Hobart-Southern Region, by 6.1%. In the same period, Tasmanian wheat production increased by 238.5%, with production increasing in each region. Some 83.8% (21,405 tonnes) of Tasmania's wheat in 2001 was grown in the Northern Region.

Legumes for grain - The production of legumes for grain remained steady between 1996-97 and 2000-01. Field pea production dominated in the Greater Hobart-Southern and Northern Regions, with 96.4% of Tasmania's total production for 2000-01. Lupin production in the Northern and Mersey-Lyell Regions contributed over 99% of Tasmania's production for 2000-01.


CROPS AND PASTURES, Tasmanian regions(a)

Greater Hobart-Southern
Northern
Mersey-Lyell
Tasmania

1997
2001
1997
2001
1997
2001
1997
2001

Crops and pastures
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Cereals for grain
Barley
8,570
8,048
22,999
16,402
3,668
1,542
35,237
25,992
Oats
3,400
3,494
10,310
8,972
272
150
13,983
12,616
Triticale
431
786
5,689
6,524
1,176
975
7,296
8,285
Wheat
1,202
2,384
5,403
21,405
944
1,766
7,549
25,554

Legumes for grain
Field peas
263
284
273
282
42
21
578
587
Lupins
5
*1
61
88
122
*79
188
168

Crops and pastures for hay
Lucerne
4,970
4,971
6,275
6,592
1,216
799
12,461
12,361
Other pasture
25,584
46,553
87,161
115,289
91,072
102,438
203,816
264,280
Total pasture
30,554
51,524
93,436
121,881
92,287
103,237
216,277
276,642

Cereal crops
1,115
2,346
3,380
4,709
1,131
1,068
5,626
8,123
Non-cereal crops
345
*74
1,693
870
1,945
2,517
3,983
3,461
Total crops
1,460
2,421
5,072
5,579
3,077
3,585
9,609
11,584

* estimate has a relative standard error of between 25% and 50% and should be used with caution. Data is subject to sampling variability too high for most practical purposes.
(a) 1997 data relate to the year ended 31 March; 2001 data relate to the year ended 30 June.

Source: ABS data available on request, Agricultural Census.


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