Of agricultural businesses grazing livestock on crops or pasture, 71% monitor the amount of ground cover in paddocks and 34% of these have established a minimum ground cover level target. Queensland reported the highest proportion (45%) of agricultural businesses with a target for minimum ground cover levels, while in Tasmania only 21% reported minimum ground cover targets.
By far the most common method undertaken by agricultural businesses for monitoring ground cover was visual estimates, with 86% reporting using this method. The Northern Territory had the highest proportion (5%) of use of photo monitoring standards (comparison with photos of known ground cover levels) to monitor ground cover.
This page last updated 29 June 2011