9 new insights from the ABS’ latest release on Australian agriculture

Statistics on the production and value of a range of agricultural commodities


Australian Agriculture – 2022-23 financial year

  1. Winter harvests go wild. There were 68.6 million tonnes of winter broadacre crops produced, totalling $26.3 billion in local value. These are crops like wheat, canola and barley, but also includes chickpeas, lentils and oats.
  2. The big bucks. Wheat, canola and barley combined, accounted for 93 per cent of Australia’s winter broadacre crop sold, worth $23.9 billion in local value. Local value is the price of the crop "at the gate" or when sold from the farm.
  3. Golden child. Wheat was the largest contributor with 41.2 million tonnes produced, or $13.5 billion.
  4. WA wins in wheat and canola. Western Australia produced the most wheat and canola, accounting for 35.6 per cent and 45.6 per cent of Australia’s total crop, respectively.
  5. Flour power! The Morawa region gave us the most wheat in all of Australia, making 2.1 million tonnes or 5.1 per cent of Australia’s total wheat crop. Esperance Surrounds was the biggest canola producer with 537,700 tonnes, or 6.0 per cent of Australia’s total canola crop.
  6. Sweet as sunshine. Australia’s sugarcane crop landed at 32.6 million tonnes worth $1.5 billion. Around 96 per cent of this is grown in Queensland (31.3 million tonnes).
  7. Green gold. Queensland’s Bundaberg region grew the most avocados, accounting for 19 per cent of Australia’s avocado crop. Bundaberg Surrounds (South) gave us 21,500 tonnes of avocados, worth $104.5 million.
  8. The nuttiest region. Meanwhile, Bundaberg Surrounds (North) grew 11,000 tonnes of macadamias, worth $23.8 million.
  9. Holy cow!  Australia's cattle herd increased 4 per cent in 2023 to 29.9 million head. That is Australia's largest cattle herd in 5 years with the increase coinciding with higher rainfall and favourable conditions for feed.
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