Statistics

Australian cotton production statistics brought to you by Cotton Australia, peak body for Australia’s cotton growing industry.

Year Total Bales Hectares (ha) Bales per ha kg lint/ha
2016/17* 4,200,000 470,000 TBC TBC
2015/16 2,742,700 263,339 10.4 2228
2014/15 2,200,000 196,689 11.5 2610
2013/14 3,900,000 414,000 9.95 2258
2012/13 4,400,000 425,786 10.37 2377
2011/12 5,300,000 566,000 9.46 2146
2010/11 3,999,600 599,630 6.67 2063
2009/10 1,594,850 182,000 8.76 2063
2008/09 1,494,300 161,390 9.26 2102
2007/08 601,810 68,585 8.77 1991
2006/07 1,199,700 134,290 8.93 1793
2005/06 2,618,000 333,385 7.85 1783
2004/05 2,904,000 323,450 8.98 2038
2003/04 1,531,000 196,500 7.79 1769
2002/03 1,630,100 220,500 7.39 1678
2001/02 3,072,320 404,000 7.60 1726
2000/01 3,441,334 511,077 6.73 1529
1999/00 3,202,160 461,900 6.93 1574
1998/99 3,221,340 535,400 6.02 1366
1997/98 3,020,065 434,310 6.95 1578
1996/97 2,710,800 389,500 6.96 1580
1995/96 1,712,600 287,000 5.97 1355
1994/95 1,365,140 208,300 6.55 1488
1993/94 1,411,910 275,500 5.12 1163
1992/93 1,559,860 257,220 6.06 1377
1991/92 2,018,000 282,000 7.16 1624
1990/91 1,804,000 274,200 6.58 1493
1989/90 1,287,500 375,819 6.00 1498
  • * 2016/17 figures are estimates as at February 2017
  • The 2011/12 crop was a record high for lint and cottonseed production
  • Australia’s average yearly cotton production has risen dramatically - from 9,000 bales in the 1960’s to an average 1.5 million bales (2005/06 to 2009/10)
  • Over the last 20 years Australia’s cotton yield has increased by 38%
  • The 2007/08 cotton crop was the smallest produced in over 30 years – directly influenced by the worst drought in living memory