4627.0 - Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/06/2011   
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Of all agricultural businesses managing crop residue, the main crop residue management practices undertaken were to leave stubble intact (48%), ploughing crop residue into the soil (34%) and removal of crop residue by baling or heavy grazing (23%).

Although most states and territories followed the national trend, more than two thirds of agricultural businesses in Western Australia that managed crop residue on their land left stubble intact (69%), while only 13% ploughed crop residue into the soil. In Queensland and Tasmania, the most common crop residue management practice undertaken was to plough crop residue into the soil (55% and 59% of agricultural businesses managing crop residue respectively).

Nationally, the area of crop residue management decreased by 3% to 24,000 hectares since 2007-08, influenced by a 10% decline in South Australia.