Industry Facts and Figures
Australia usually produces between 2 to 3 million tonnes of oilseed crops each year, with canola and cottonseed accounting for over 90 per cent of total oilseed production, with soybeans and sunflower comprising a further 3 and 4 per cent respectively. Canola production is now the largest oilseed crop representing well over over half of Australian oilseed production over the past 5 years, while cottonseed comprises around a third.
There are also small quantities of minor oilseeds such as safflower and linseed grown in Australia.
Latest crop statistics can be found in this month’s AOF Crop Report.
More detailed information can be found in the Historical Industry Production Statistics (Click to access), which is available to members only.
While Australia is a relatively small producer of oilseeds by international standards, it is widely regarded for its high quality exports and has developed some significant international markets for its canola and cottonseed exports. Currently, the UE, Japan, Pakistan and Bangladesh are important markets for Australian canola; with Japan and the US being the major cottonseed destinations.
Exports by Crop, ‘000 tonnes