4627.0 - Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
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In 2011-12:

Crops
  • approximately 56,500 agricultural businesses prepared 25.1 million hectares of land for crops and horticulture. More than half (53%) of these businesses reported that they did not undertake cultivation on some of their cropping and horticultural land.
  • around 26,700 businesses reported that they undertook one or two cultivations when preparing land for crops and horticulture, with only 20% of total businesses preparing land for crops and horticulture (just under 11,500 businesses) reporting three or more cultivations on some of their cropping and horticultural land.
  • in terms of the national area, 18.4 million hectares (73% of land prepared for crops and horticulture) were prepared using zero-till compared with 5.5 million hectares (22% of land prepared) undertaking one or two cultivations.

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Pastures
  • around 47,650 agricultural businesses prepared 15.5 million hectares of land for pastures. About three-quarters of these businesses reported that they did not undertake any cultivation.
  • approximately 13,500 agricultural businesses reported that they undertook one or two cultivations when preparing land for pastures, with 2,800 businesses reporting three or more cultivations.
  • Queensland farmers had the largest area of land prepared for pastures using zero-till (3.8 million hectares, or 93% of the area prepared for pasture in Queensland) and Tasmania had the smallest area of no cultivation (223,700 hectares, or 84%).

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