4627.0 - Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2016-17 Quality Declaration 
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KEY FIGURES

SOIL ENHANCER USE, Australia, year ended 30 June 2017


2016-17
Movement since
2015-16
ha
%

Compost
209 072
-5.0%
Green manure
49 648
-30.5%
Mulch
14 549
-39.3%
Lime (including lime sand and stone)
2 178 253
-2.1%
Dolomite
113 306
-18.7%
Gypsum
1 271 750
25.3%
Biochar
4 319
-50.2%
Biodundar
91 302
n.a
Poultry manure
254 485
-9.5%
Other soil enhancers
418 358
-37.3%
All soil enhancers
4 605 042
-1.0%

n.a not applicable (Data on biodundar use was not collected separately in 2015-16)

KEY POINTS
  • Of all agricultural businesses in Australia, 33% (or 28,800) applied soil enhancers on 5 million hectares of land in 2016-17. There was a 26% increase in the number of agricultural businesses applying soil enhancers. Despite this, the area that soil enhancers were applied to decreased slightly (down 1%) compared to 2015-16.
  • New South Wales (including the ACT) continued to have the largest number of businesses applying soil enhancers in 2016-17 with 8,100 businesses, a 22% increase since 2015-16.
  • Western Australia continued to have the largest area to which soil enhancers were applied with 1.7 million hectares followed by New South Wales (including the ACT) with 1.2 million hectares.
  • Lime (including lime sand and stone) continues to be the dominant soil enhancer used by both area of application and number of businesses applying it. Used to reduce soil acidity, the area on which lime was applied (2.2 million hectares) in 2016-17 accounted for 47% of the total area on which all soil enhancers were applied and was applied by 14,500 businesses, or half of all businesses applying soil enhancers.
  • Agricultural businesses in Western Australia continue to be the largest users of lime, applying it to 1.2 million hectares of land in 2016-17.

All soil enhancers applied, tonnes ('000), 2016-17
by Natural Resource Management Regions

Map: All soil enhancers applied