Grain production is one of South Australia’s most important industries.

The sector generated around $4.6 billion in revenue in 2014-15 from commodity and processed products.

South Australia’s production of grain is:

  • sustainable
  • entirely rain fed (no irrigation)
  • grown with no or minimal use of fertilisers and chemicals.

Internationally competitive

South Australian grains are used in the production of high quality beers, breads, pastas and oils locally and around the world.

About 85% of the grain produced in South Australia is exported to markets, including:

  • the Middle East
  • South East Asia
  • Japan
  • China.


South Australia’s crops also include:

  • wheat
  • barley
  • canola
  • other seeds and pulses.

The industry employs more than 20,000 people in:

  • production
  • baking
  • milling
  • cereal manufacturing
  • malt
  • beverages.
Page Last Reviewed: 20 Jul 2016
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