Statistics


GM Canola Uptake

Herbicide tolerant genetically modified (GM) canola has been grown in NSW and Victoria since 2009 and in Western Australia since 2010. The tables below provide information regarding the hectarage for each year, a state-by-state breakdown and the percentage of GM canola grown in each state as well as nationally.

(PDF attached – 2017 GM canola growth in Australia)

 Total GM Canola By Year (hectares)

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014  2015†  2016†  2017†
NSW 13,930 23,286 28,530 40,324 31,573 52,000  51,870  54,970  68,163
Vic 31,186 39,405 22,272 19,012 21,232 37,000  47,137  47,069  56,900
WA 86,006 94,800 121,694 167,596 260,000  337,527  344,188  366,466
National 45,116 148,697 145,602 181,030 222,414 349,000  436,534  446,226  491,528
Total Area of Canola (GM and non GM) 1,390,000 1,590,500 1,815,000 2,687,000 2,480,000 2,607,000 2,000,000* 2,125,000* 2,080,000*
% GM Canola 3% 9% 8% 7% 9% 13%  22%*  21%*  24%*

† The seeding rate is 2.5 Kg/Ha from 2009 to 2014 and 2.0 Kg/Ha from 2015 onwards. Improved crop genetics, vigour and establishment help contribute towards a lower seeding rate over time.
* The 2015, 2016 and 2017 total area figure represents those states that grow GM canola only (WA, VIC and NSW).

Total GM Canola by State (%)

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
NSW 6% 8% 7% 5% 5% 9% 11% 10% 11%
Vic 13% 16% 6% 3% 5% 9% 13% 13% 14%
WA 0% 10% 12% 13% 14% 21% 30% 28% 34%
National 3% 9% 8% 10% 9% 13% 22%* 21%* 24%*

* The 2015, 2016 and 2017 total area/national figure represents those states that grow GM canola only (WA, VIC and NSW)

Source: Australian Oilseeds Federation and Monsanto Australia