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Farm production above average despite drought

The December Agricultural Commodities Report says the gross value of Australian farm production is forecast to decrease by 3 per cent to $58 billion in 2018–19.

Published: 11 December 2018.


Winter crop production down after poor start to spring

National winter crop production is forecast to be 20 per cent below the 20 year average, coming in at 29.3 million tonnes for 2018–19, according to the latest Crop Report.

Published: 4 December 2018


The future of public sector forecasting in Australian agriculture

This report explores what the forecasting services provided by ABARES should look like into the future.

Published: 21 November 2018


Conditions remain favourable for Australia’s forestry sector

Australian Forest and Wood Products Statistics: March and June quarters 2018 highlights continued growth in Australia’s forestry sector thanks to favourable conditions in key markets, particularly housing and international trade.

Published: 20 November 2018


Future opportunities for using forest and sawmill residues in Australia

This report presents estimates of the potential production and use of harvest and sawmill residues in Australia in 2050.

Published: 6 November 2018


Information and communication technology use in Australian agriculture:  A survey of broadacre, dairy and vegetable farms

This report explores the role of ICT and potential barriers to its use on farms, based on ABARES survey of over 2200 farmers in 2016-17.

Published: 1 November 2018


Analysis of 2018 Drought

This brief describes the effects of the current drought on Australian agriculture, including the extent of rainfall deficiencies and the effects on crop production, livestock markets and farm incomes.

Published: 26 October 2018


First ABARES Insight – Snapshot of Australian Agriculture now available

We cover six key aspects of Australian agriculture: its role in the broader economy, trends in production, industry structure, exports, productivity and risk management.

Published: 19 October 2018


‘Productivity in Australia’s broadacre and dairy industries - 2018’ now available

This report provides an annual update of productivity estimates for Australia’s broadacre and dairy industries, through to 2015–16, and analyses the farm size effect on beef productivity.

Published: 9 October 2018


Fishery status reports 2018 released

The annual Fishery Status Reports has delivered generally positive news for wild fish stocks in Commonwealth-managed fisheries.

Published: 28 September 2018


Latest vegetable farm survey shows incomes increase further in 2017-18

Australian vegetable-growing farms: an economic survey 2016–17 and 2017–18 shows a 12 per cent increase of cash income for Australian vegetable farms to $319,000 per farm in 2017-18.

Published: 21 September 2018


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Last reviewed:
11 Dec 2018