4627.0 - Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/06/2013   
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In 2011-12:
  • the main crop residue management practices undertaken by agricultural businesses in Australia were: leaving stubble intact (no cultivation) (64% of total area of crop residue managed); ploughing crop residue into the soil (12%); and removal of crop residue by baling or heavy grazing (8%).
  • leaving stubble intact was the most popular crop residue management practice in all states and territories except Tasmania where ploughing stubble into the soil (45% of total area of crop residue managed) and in the Northern Territory where, removing stubble by baling or heavy grazing (55%) were the most popular practices.
  • nationally, the area of crop residue management has decreased by 1% to just under 24 million hectares since 2009-10, mainly influenced by a 4% decline in New South Wales.

Graph Image for Crop residue management practices