More than 80 per cent of grain producers who participated in the Grain Producers SA (GPSA) Annual Grain Producer Survey are positive about the long-term future of the industry.
The GPSA Annual Grain Producer Survey Insight Report 2022, released today, provides a unique perspective of the major challenges and opportunities as seen by grain producers in South Australia.
GPSA Chief Executive Officer Brad Perry said the annual survey found that operating costs are by far the biggest challenge in 2022.
“With the high farmgate input costs including fertiliser, fuel and chemicals, it was no surprise the number one challenge for South Australian grain producers is the same one currently facing every grain grower in the nation,” said Mr Perry.
“On the flip side, the application of technology was seen by grain producers in the survey as the single biggest opportunity to enhance their business.“
Forty-six per cent of surveyed grain producers are already investing in on-farm technology and almost 40 per cent plan to do so in the next 12 months.
“The survey also showed that ongoing issues such as sustainability, connectivity and workforce access remain issues producers are keen for the grain industry to pursue.”
Mr Perry said it was pleasing to see grain producers surveyed were reporting to be overall profitable and confident about the 2022 harvest.
“Ninety-eight per cent of grain producers canvassed said they were profitable and sustainable, with more than 25 per cent stating they are profitable but need improvement,” Mr Perry said.
“We also found that 38 per cent described their grain growing business as mature, while 33 per cent are currently going through succession. Only two per cent stated that they were starting out, potentially reflecting the high cost of farming land being a prohibitive barrier to new entrants in the sector.”
Looking ahead, grain producers listed operating costs, local input production, logistics, sustainability, biosecurity and connectivity as areas they would like to see pursued in 2023.
“The results are an encouraging endorsement of areas GPSA has been focusing on in the past 12 months and we are looking to build on that momentum into 2023 in the areas our members have identified,” Mr Perry said.
The full GPSA Annual Grower Survey Report 2022 can be accessed here.
Grain Producers SA is the peak industry body representing the 4,500 grain farming businesses in South Australia.