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Land Suitability for Selected Horticultural Crops in Victoria

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This report on 'Land suitability for selected horticultural crops in Victoria' was published by the former Department of Natural Resources and Environment in January 1999. It was prepared by the former Centre for Land Protection Research in collaboration with the former Institute for Horticultural Development.

The report investigated opportunities where horticultural development can potentially occur by identifying areas of land that would support sustainable crop production by meeting plant production requirements, in conjunction with the protection of the natural resource base. The consideration of the following components (climate, landscape, soil, groundwater, surface water, and the presence of public land) led to the generation of an individual land suitability map for each of the following crops;

potatoes (summer and winter crop),

carrots (summer and winter crop),

cauliflower/broccoli (summer and winter crop),

lettuce (summer and winter crop),

asparagus (summer crop only),

sweet corn (summer crop only), and

fresh market tomatoes (summer crop only).

Analysis of climate, landscape and soil factors allowed the identification of areas of land classed as either highly suitable, moderately suitable, or not suitable for each crop. Each land suitability class was determined by the most limiting component or sub-component. Where no limiting component or sub-component was present, land was deemed to have a high probability of being suitable for horticulture. The maps were considered suitable for broad scale planning purposes only, with further on-site assessment required prior to any investment.


Copy of the report can be down loaded here.
Land Suitability for Selected Horticultural Crops in Victoria. Technical Report No. 55 (14 MB)
Land Suitability for Selected Horticultural Crops in Victoria. Technical Report No. 55 (50 MB)




Maps from Report
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Statewide Crop Suitability - Catchment Management Authorities

Statewide Crop Suitability - Groundwater & Surface Water Resources


Map showing land suitablity for summer potatoes
Potatoes (Summer Crop)
map showing land suitalbliity for winter potatoes
Potatoes (Winter Crop)


suitablity for carrots - summer
Carrots (Summer Crop)
suitablity for carrots - winter
Carrots (Winter Crop)

map showing suitablity for brocoli and coliflower summer
Broccoli & Cauliflower (Summer)
map showing suitablity for brocoli and coliflower summer
Broccoli & Cauliflower (Winter)

map showing suitablity for lettus growing
Lettuce (summer)
map showing suitablity for lettus growing
Lettuce (Winter)

map showing suitablity for asparagus
Asparagus (Summer)
map showing suitablity for sweet corn
Sweet corn (Summer)

map showing suitablity for tomatoes
Fresh Market Tomatoes (Summer)

















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