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Potential and current agricultural land

Biophysical and socio-economic spatial data was combined to map agricultural land potential. This information can be used by local governments and investors to identify areas where there is potential for increased production and to help plan for the expansion of certain industries at a local scale.

Potential agricultural land

Cropping and horticulture

For cropping and horticulture industries, a multi-layer approach was used to identify the potential area, combining soil types with other biophysical features and business requirements for different land use categories. Biophysical features to consider can include land slope, rainfall and groundwater. Business requirements can include distance from labour and services and availability of water for irrigation.

Native forestry

The potential area for native forestry was based on regional ecosystem mapping that contains known commercial species (e.g. spotted gum) of a potential height, which indicates if it’s of adequate quality to produce commercial quantities of timber.

Grazing

Annual biomass production was modelled and refined based on tree cover and land condition to show the difference in pasture production for grazing across a region. The suitability of an area to be sown to pastures was based on land types and tree cover.

Current agricultural land use data source

Current land use was mapped across the state predominantly using data from the Queensland Land Use Mapping Program (QLUMP).

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