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Distribution of Victorian Grains Growing Regions 1944 to 2014

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This new map provides a useful spatial view of the change in distribution of grain cropping over a 70 year period - from 1944-2014. The distribution of cropping in 1944 was obtained from three maps produced for the former State Regional Boundaries Committee's 'Report on Regional Boundaries' that shows the distribution of oats, barley and wheat as well as associated infrastructure (e.g. mills and grain elevators).

Superimposed over this map (in red shading) is the estimated 2014 distribution of grain cropping in Victoria obtained from the Victorian Land Use Information System (VLUIS). VLUIS data is a combination of satellite image interpretation as well as data from other government sources. The area of grain cropping has been produced by applying a 1 km buffer around polygons sourced from VLUIS. It should be noted that not all grain-cropping farms may be represented in this 2014 mapped area and the map product will be improved on over time as new data becomes available.

Map showing Cereal growing areas in 1944 and 2014

Distribution of Victorian Cereal Crops 1944 to 2014 (PDF - 4MB)

The high resolution PDF file provided on this page can be viewed using the free Adobe PDF reader and this software can be installed from the Adobe website (external link). This PDF is provided with a high level of detail and with the intent that it should be printed at a high resolution.

Area under oats 1944 – intensity of areas under oats, including location of chaff and oatmeal mills. map showing area under oats in 1944

Area under barley 1944 – intensity of areas under barley, including location of malting works.thumbnail of barley distribution in 1944

Area under wheat 1944 – intensity of areas under wheat, including location of grain elevators, flour mills, alcohol distilleries, agricultural colleges and agricultural experimental showing area under wheat in 1944
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