Statistics New Zealand, Tatauranga Aotearoa

Agricultural Production Survey 2018

Thank you for completing the 2018 Agricultural Production Survey

Thank you for taking time to complete the 2018 Agricultural Production Survey. Results from the 2018 Agricultural Production Survey will provide up-to-date information on this important industry. Provisional results will be released in December 2018 on our website. The statistics produced will be used for planning and decision-making by both the private and the public sectors.


Help to complete the questionnaire

The questionnaire includes instructions you need to help you complete the survey. The guide notes below contain additional information to help you answer the questions in the survey. Please read the sections that are relevant to your farm.

If you are looking for help using the online questionnaire, please refer to the frequently asked questions tab.

If you need additional help with completing the survey, require extra questionnaires, or consider you are no longer involved in farming or forestry, please contact us: 0800 809 464 or


Guide notes

If you have leased, sold, or purchased a farm

If you are a high-country run holder

If you are involved in forestry

If you are grazing livestock

If you have sold shorn wool during the year

If urea, potassic superphosphate, potash super or superten fertilisers were applied on the farm

What is meant by a formal farm nutrient planning document?


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If you have sold, leased or purchased a farm

If you have sold, leased or otherwise disposed of your farm and have a new farm, complete a questionnaire for the farm your farming business was operating at 30 June 2018.


If you are a high-country run holder

Land use: If you have grazing land which was not being used (eg, above the snow line) at 30 June 2018, please ensure the area is included under the item tussock and danthonia used for grazing. If you have land on your farm (eg, ridge lines) which cannot be used at any time of the year, and is not plantation, bush, etc, include this land under all other land.


If you are involved in forestry

Land use and Forestry: These questions are to be completed by all farmers and forestry companies. Please include all land you own or land leased from others as well as any land for which you had cutting rights at 30 June 2018. Do not include land leased to or used by others.

If you have plantation area that has been clear-felled or salvage-logged and the area is to be replanted, include the area under harvested exotic forest area awaiting restocking. If the logged area is awaiting a land use change, include the area under all other land.

Please include all forested land, whatever the type or for whatever purpose it is being used and record these in the appropriate place(s) in the land use table.


If you are grazing livestock

If you owned livestock which were grazing on someone else’s farm at 30 June 2018 do not include these animals with your on-farm count (eg, in the case of dairy animals, in ‘Dairy cattle').

•   Remember to include these animals in ‘Grazing'.

•   Remember to include offspring born on the farm during the year in the relevant question.

If you were grazing livestock from another farm(s) on your farm at 30 June 2018, include these animals with your on-farm count (eg, ‘Dairy cattle'). Remember to also include these animals in ‘Grazing’.


If you have sold shorn wool during the year

Shorn wool sold: These questions are to be completed by all farmers that have sold shorn wool during the year ended 30 June 2018.

Please note one of the questions asks for total greasy weight of shorn wool sold and that information should be reported in corresponding micron range.


If urea, potassic superphosphate, potash super or superten fertilisers were applied on the farm

Please note that the fertiliser information needed to complete this questionnaire can be retrieved from:

  • Ballance’s   ‘Annual Purchases for Rebate and Nutrient Advice’ report or
  • Ravensdown’s  ‘Summary of Fertiliser Purchased’  report or from

For farmers who do not have access to rebate notices, information for super phosphate and potassium chloride and/ potassium sulphate could be derived based on the following basic guidelines.


Percentage allocated to Potassium Chloride/sulphate

Percentage allocated to Superphosphate

10% Potash Super or Superten 5K



15% Potash Super or Superten 7K



20% Potash Super or Superten 10K



30% Potash Super or Superten 15K



50% Potash Super or Superten 25K




For example,  if you purchased 100 tonnes of 10% Potash Super or Superten 5K, then:

  • Potassium Chloride/Sulphate  = 10 tonnes, and
  • Superphosphate = 90 tonnes.


What is meant by a formal farm nutrient planning document?

The farm planning documents referred to are formal documents, recognised by the agricultural industry and/or government, and prepared to a prescribed format. The following are the more commonly used documents in New Zealand agriculture, described in brief:

  • NB (nutrient budget) - documents all farm nutrients and inputs.
  • GAP (good agricultural practice) - quality assurance programme that provides for a traceable and accountable system through to the customer. Largely used in the horticulture industries for export markets. There are several GAP programmes such as Global GAP and New Zealand GAP.
  • NMP (nutrient management plan) - expands upon a NB by identifying actions to minimise loss of nutrients from farm production.


Please contact our Survey Help Desk: 0800 809 464 or if you have any queries.

Thank you for your time and effort.