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Australian Forest and Wood Product Statistics: September-December 2016: this report, Australian forest and wood products statistics: September and December quarters 2016, showed that the volume and value of logs harvested reached record levels in 2015–16.

Australia’s log harvest exceeded 30 million cubic metres for the first time in 2015–16, valued at over $2.3 billion.

​​ABARES Labour Force Survey: This survey describes current labour use and future requirements. The survey seeks to identify the amount and type of labour used on farms, as well as recruitment experiences and expectations that farmers have of the future.

In 2015–16, ABARES included the supplementary labour survey in the Australian vegetable-growing farms survey and the survey of irrigation farms in the Murray–Darling Basin. These two surveys were conducted between March and June 2016. ​

​​Farm financial performance - lamb, grain, beef and dairy industries 2014-15: These web-reports present estimates of the incomes, profits, costs and rates of return for lamb producers, grain farmers, beef farmers and dairy farmers for 2014-15 to 2016-17.

The reports draw on data from the ABARES annual Australian Agricultural and Grazing Industries Survey (AAGIS) and the Australian Dairy Industry Survey (ADIS). ​

​​Water markets: The southern Murray–Darling Basin remains Australia’s most active—and important—water market. Read more about surface water allocation trade in the first chapter of the Australian Water Market Report 2015-16.

This chapter looks at how the dry conditions prevailing throughout most of 2015–16 resulted in high allocation prices, peaking near $300 per ML in some regions in November 2015. A shift to wetter conditions late in the water year saw prices decline sharply to around $185 per ML. ​

Farm performance and climate: Our Climate team has examined the effect of climate variability and climate change on the productivity of Australian cropping farms between 1977-78 and 2014-15.

This study combines ABARES farm survey data with spatial climate data to estimate the effect of climate conditions (such as, rainfall and temperature) on cropping farm productivity. The study then presents climate-adjusted productivity estimates with the effects of climate removed. For comparison, similar results are generated for farm wheat yields using the same data sources and methods.

Pest animals and weed management: ABARES has conducted a national survey of agricultural land managers to collect data on pest animal and weed status, impacts and management actions at the property and local area levels.

This report presents the results of responses from 6470 agricultural land managers, representing broadacre, dairy, horticulture and other livestock industries across all natural resource management regions in Australia.

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Last reviewed:
25 May 2017