Grains and other crops
Broadacre farmers in Victoria grow a range of crops on over 3.5 million hectares of land. Wheat is Victoria's largest crop, followed by barley, canola, oats and lentils. Many farmers also cut grain crops – primarily oats and vetch – for hay.
Grain production has expanded into the high rainfall parts of southern Victoria in recent years as meat and wool producers seek to diversify their enterprises.
In 2013-14, approximately 5,500 farms in Victoria produced 7 million tonnes of grain on 3.6 million hectares, worth a total of $2.3 billion.
In 2013-14, Victoria's grain exports were valued at $1.96 billion, which accounted for 16 per cent of the national grain exports. Wheat exports were valued at $1 billion, representing 53 per cent of Victoria's grain exports. China was the most valuable market for Victorian grain exports, valued at $289 million, followed by Indonesia at $142 million.
We offer specific services that drive improvements in productivity and net value and which support business management and decision-making by grain growers. We do this by working with advisers who are already working with grain growers in the industry.
Our work includes supporting grain growers' ability to respond to climate variability and working with industry to minimise the introduction and spread of invasive pest plants and animals.
The Grains Industry Profile provides an overview of the location, structure and performance of Victoria's grains industry. It also provides information on production, trends, exports, domestic consumption, productivity, financial performance and employment details of the industry, as well as opportunities and challenges and important government policy influences.
Export of Victorian grain in containers has grown significantly, see separate Containerised Grains Industry Profile.
Descriptions of current crop varieties and summaries of last season's trial yield data.
Resources to help farmers with decision-making around modifying annual production systems