7121.0 - Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2013-14 Quality Declaration 
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KEY FIGURES

BROADACRE CROPS, Australia, year ended 30 June 2014


Production
Change in production since
Area
Change in area since
Yield
Change in yield since
2012-13
2012-13
2012-13
'000 t
%
'000 ha
%
t/ha
%

Wheat for grain
25 303
11
12 613
-3
2.0
14
Oats for grain
1 255
12
715
-2
1.8
14
Barley for grain
9 174
23
3 814
5
2.4
18
Grain sorghum
1 282
-43
532
-18
2.4
-30
Maize for grain
390
-23
52
-33
7.5
16
Rice for grain
819
-29
r77
-34
r10.7
7
Triticale for grain
126
-27
80
-19
1.6
-9
Cotton lint (a)
887
-1
390
-11
2.3
11
Canola
3 832
-7
2 721
-17
1.4
11
Sugar cane cut for crushing
30 518
12
375
14
81.3
-1

(a) Includes irrigated and non-irrigated cotton
r revised

Graph Image for Broadacre crop production 2001-2014

KEY POINTS
  • Favourable weather conditions in Western Australia during the winter cropping season drove national wheat production up, to 25.3 million tonnes. The increase in production nationally was offset by poor conditions across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland resulting in decreases in production across all three states. The area planted to wheat fell nationally, to 12,600 hectares, and Western Australia and Tasmania were the only two states to increase their area planted.
  • Barley production increased substantially to 9.2 million tonnes, recording the largest production estimate since 2005-06. All states/territories contributed to this increase, with Western Australia contributing the largest production increase up 58% to 3.6 million tonnes, due to favourable weather conditions.
  • Sorghum production and the area planted decreased substantially, down 43% and 18% respectively. Queensland and New South Wales were the main contributors to the decrease, with hot and dry conditions in the main cropping areas of these states resulting in both delayed planting and reduced area sown to sorghum.
  • Following record production in 2012-13, canola production decreased, down 7% to 3.8 million tonnes . Untimely frosts in New South Wales and Victoria in late 2013 played a role in the national drop in production, despite increases in Western Australia and South Australia. The area sown to canola also decreased, with adverse weather conditions at the time of planting in New South Wales and Victoria driving the national estimate down.