The benchmarking project is supporting improved productivity and profitability within the Australian macadamia industry. The current project builds on previous benchmarking and best practice work conducted since 2001.
Yield, quality and planting information has been collected annually from macadamia farms throughout Australia since 2009. These data are provided either directly by growers or by processors on their behalf. Cost of production data has also been collected annually since 2013.
Each season all benchmarking participants receive a confidential, personalised interim and final report that compares their individual farm performance with the average performance of similar farms based on a range of criteria including region, locality, farm size, management structure, irrigation status and tree age. These reports highlight individual and average farm performance trends over multiple seasons.
This industry report has been produced to provide growers, processors, consultants, investors and other industry stakeholders with a summary of yield, quality and cost of production trends within the Australian macadamia industry.
This report summarises macadamia farm yield and quality results for the 2009 to 2017 production seasons. Many of the yield benchmarks presented are based on tonnes of saleable kernel per bearing hectare as this is a widely accepted measure of orchard productivity.
A total of 272 bearing farms submitted data for the 2017 season, including some young farms that are yet to reach full maturity. Productivity per hectare in 2017 was 2.55 tonnes per hectare (t/ph) nut-in-shell (NIS) and and 0.84 t/ha saleable kernel (SK) which was comparable to the long-term average of 2.52 t/ha NIS and 0.8 t/ha SK. Saleable kernel recovery (SKR) was slightly higher in 2017 (34.7%) than the long-term average (33.8%).
Find out about yield, quality and costs of production trends by downloading the report now.
This website has been partly funded by Hort Innovation, using the macadamia research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government.