South Australia is recognised as one of the global leaders in the international grain industry with some of the most diverse producers in the world providing the raw materials for everything from Japanese beer to Chinese noodles.
We are home to around 4,500 grain farms producing on average seven million tonnes of grain annually – around 20 per cent of Australia’s total grain production. Major crops include wheat, barley, lentils and canola.
South Australia’s clean environment and Mediterranean climate provides warm, dry conditions during grain ripening and harvest, ideal for wheat generating golden grains and higher protein.
The state’s Yorke Peninsula produces some of the best malting barley for brewing in the world and we are also the largest lentil producer in Australia. South Australian grain is also used locally to manufacture a range of premium food products, including pasta, beer, flour, bread, biscuits and oat cereals.
South Australia’s grain crop is supported by natural rainfall, without a reliance on irrigation. This means that as South Australian grain yields continue to increase, there will be no impact on our water resources.
Our integrated transport and storage network across road, rail and sea gives local grain a quick path from farm gate to international markets via deep sea container and bulk loading ports.
Our grain industry is known globally for its innovation. South Australia’s Waite Research Precinct has the largest concentration of expertise in the Southern Hemisphere in plant biotechnology, plant genomics, cereal breeding, sustainable agriculture and land management.
Eighty five per cent of South Australia’s grain is typically exported to key international markets including South East Asia, the Middle East and European Union.