Our industry

Our objective is to drive the discovery, development and delivery of world-class innovation to enhance the productivity, profitability and sustainability of Australian grain growers. It also benefits the industry and wider community.

You can read more about our industry in our Annual Report 2020-21 (PDF). the details of all investments during 2020-21 is available in the 2020-21 Project Listing (PDF).

Grain statistics

The Australian grains industry in 2020-21.


Grain is the second largest agricultural industry by value, accounting for 27% of total gross value of production.


Value of exported grains


Highest yields on record for
wheat, barley, canola, chickpeas, field peas and lupins


Australia's second biggest winter crop on record


759 million tonnes

Global wheat consumption



Gross Value of Production



Number of grain farms


36,499 million metric tonnes volume of grains exported

Collaboration and partnerships

GRDC cannont undertake research in its own right and so we always collaborate with other organisations. This collaboration and co-investment enables us to:

  • leverage resources and research capability
  • share market knowledge, technologies and intellectual property
  • reduce the risk associated with individual investments.

Our co-investors include:

  • other R&D corporations
  • state government departments
  • universities
  • private groups
  • private sector.

We also have bespoke investments, for example:

Representative organisations

GrainGrowers Limited and Grain Producers Australia are the declared representative organisations under the PIRD Act.

We formally consult with representative organisations at least every six months and more regularly on an informal basis.


Grain production occurs across three main grain growing regions:

  • North
  • South
  • West.

Each region has distinct climate, cropping and market characteristics.