Crop and pasture reports

Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) publishes a report on the condition of Crops and Pastures in South Australia every second month. During the cropping season estimates of the area and production for each crop and district are also provided with the report. The report is assembled by regionally based consultants. Visit Rural Solutions SA.

The estimates are quality checked from a number of sources. Occasionally adjustments are made. The table in the current report has the updated estimates which may vary slightly from tables in previous year's reports on this site.

Latest report

Crop and Pasture Report - 2019-20 Spring Crop Performance November 2019 (PDF 880.5 KB)

  • A good start to the season allowed a near average crop area of 3.8 million hectare crop after two successive seasons of smaller crops.
  • Dry conditions after mid-July to the end of the growing season in October changed the season prospects.
  • Crops lost potential yield with the dry conditions combined with frost damage during late winter into spring.
  • Estimated production is unchanged from September at 6.25 million tonnes worth a farm gate value of $1.8 billion.
  • Harvest is well progressed across the state with crop yields in a number of district better than expected given the spring conditions
  • Pastures or sown fodder crops provided feed for livestock in many areas except drought affected areas on Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Upper North and Northern Murray Mallee.
  • Farmers were able to replenish hay stocks with surplus hay available to sell, with hay cut from frosted crops and failing grain crops or pasture with bulk.
  • The pastoral district rainfall for the growing season was well below average with some stations recording lowest rainfall on record.
  • Serious feed and surface water shortages continue across the pastoral districts, with properties completely destocked or only carrying core breeding stock.

Crop and Pasture Summary - Spring Crop Performance November 2019 (PDF 491.7 KB)

Crop reporting districts map

Crop estimates for a season are provided commencing with the Seeding and Crop Establishment Report. Estimates are based on the districts defined in the following map.

2019-20 season reports

Crop and Pasture Reports:

Crop and Pasture Summaries:

2020 Crop Sowing Guide (PDF 8.7 MB)

2018-19 season reports

Crop and Pasture Reports:

Crop and Pasture Summaries:

2017-18 season reports

Older reports

See historical Crop and Pasture Reports.

More information

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Page Last Reviewed: 15 Jun 2017
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