Soil management

Conventional tillage (mouldboard plough or disc plough) with cultivation combination

2016
732 642 ha
54,5 % der Ackerfläche

Arable land covered with normal winter crop

2016
534 813 ha
39.8 % of arable land

Arable land with bare soil

2016
260 148 ha
19.4 % of arable land

Description

In the frame of the Farm Structure Survey, data are collected on the structure of the agricultural and forestry holdings, including on soil management practices (tillage methods, soil cover).

According to EU-legislation, a census is conducted every ten years, with sample surveys in three-year or four-year intervals in between. However, the information on soil management is not included in every survey (it was last included in the 2010 census, and is included in the 2016 and 2023 sample surveys). All agricultural and forestry holdings which meet the minimum requirements set out in the legislation are required to take part. Relevant available administrative data sources are used, and complemented with questionnaires.

For the census, where applicable, regional data are available - partially at the municipality level. In applicable sample survey years, the smallest geographical unit available is that of the federal province.

Graphs, Tables, Maps

Highlights

Soil cover in winter 2015/2016 (chart)

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Farm structure survey 2016. Compiled on 29 March 2022.

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