4627.0 - Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2015-16 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/08/2017   
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CROP STUBBLE and/or TRASH MANAGEMENT PRACTICES, Australia, year ended 30 June 2016

Movement since
2014-15 (a)
'000 ha

Area of crop residue managed
Grazed off
4 226
Incorporated into the soil
1 890
Removal by cool-moderate burn
1 573
Removal by hot burn
Retained standing
7 748
Retained on ground
4 661
Windrowed and left
Windrowed and removed

np estimates not published in 2014-15
(a) Percentage movement based on revised 2014-15 estimates using the new scope of $40,000 or greater

  • In 2015-16 an estimated 31,900 agricultural businesses undertook some form of crop stubble and/or trash management practices over an area of 22.3 million hectares of cropping land.
  • Crop stubble and/or trash management practices were predominantly carried out on broadacre cereal crops (excl. rice), accounting for 18 million hectares. Pulses accounted for the second largest area (2 million hectares).
  • The most common crop stubble and trash management practices were retained standing, undertaken on 7.7 million hectares of crops; retained on ground, undertaken on 4.6 million hectares; and grazed off , undertaken on 4.2 million hectares.
  • Western Australia continued to have the largest area on which crop stubble and/or trash management practices were carried out (7.3 million hectares). New South Wales (incl. ACT) had the second largest area, with 6 million hectares.

Crop Stubble and/or Trash Management, Hectares ('000), 2015-16
by Australian Agricultural Environment Regions

  • The scope for the 2015-16 Agricultural Census and Land Management Practices Survey was all agricultural businesses with an Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations (EVAO) of $40,000 or greater. This is a change from previous ABS rural environment and agricultural collections, where a scope of EVAO of $5,000 or greater was used. This change was foreshadowed in February 2016 in Agricultural Census: Nature and Content, 2015-16 (cat. no 7100.1).
  • The 2014-15 estimates presented in this publication have been revised to use the new scope of $40,000 or greater.
  • For more information about EVAO and the change in scope, refer to the Explanatory Notes within this release.