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 – 2016 GM canola growth in Australia)

 Total GM Canola By Year (hectares)

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014  2015†  2016†Est
NSW 13,930 23,286 28,530 40,324 31,573 52,000  51,870  55,143
Vic 31,186 39,405 22,272 19,012 21,232 37,000  47,137  46,582
WA 86,006 94,800 121,694 167,596 260,000  337,527  346,000
National 45,116 148,697 145,602 181,030 222,414 349,000  436,534  447,000
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* 1,953,000*
% GM Canola 3% 9% 8% 7% 9% 13%  22%*  23%*

† 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 and 2016 total area figure represents those states that grow GM canola only (WA, VIC and NSW).

By State (%)

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Est
NSW 6% 8% 7% 5% 5% 9% 11% 11%
Vic 13% 16% 6% 3% 5% 9% 13% 16%
WA 0% 10% 12% 13% 14% 21% 30% 30%
National 3% 9% 8% 10% 9% 13% 22%* 23%*

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

Source: Australian Oilseeds Federation and Monsanto Australia