Climate & weather

Enabling farm businesses to better manage the increasing seasonal variability is critical for the success of the Western Australian agrifood sector. The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia is enabling farm businesses to make more informed planning and financial decisions on weather and climate risks. These decisions range from short-term tactical decisions, through to managing strategic planning for climatic futures. The development of improved weather data and seasonal forecasting tools are designed to assist you to better manage and take full advantage of the opportunities related to seasonal variability and climate change.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has launched a new website; emergency.wa.gov.au This website will replace the existing alerts and warnings websites from DFES and Parks and Wildlife, enabling people to get critical public information during fire, flood, storm, earthquake, tsunami and emergencies involving hazardous materials.

Articles

  • 2 September 2016

    Spring frosts occasionally cause drastic reductions in crop yields in localised parts of the Western Australian wheatbelt.

  • 25 February 2016

    Growing oaten hay on frost-prone paddocks minimises the frost risk as it is cut soon after flowering, avoiding the frost-sensitive period.

  • 19 December 2016

    Frost risk occurs virtually every year across southern and eastern agricultural regions. Actual occurrence of frost is determined by location and landscape factors as well as climate.

  • 4 August 2016

    Development of commercial wheat and barley with less sensitivity to frost during flowering is the long term goal of current national research to assist growers.

  • 4 March 2016

    About 80% of the variation in methane production is explained by feed intake. Reducing the stocking rate of sheep on the farm reduces the pasture consumption and methane production per hectare.

  • 18 November 2016

    Organic matter makes up just 2-10% of the soils mass but has a critical role in the physical, chemical and biological function of agricultural soils.

  • 18 January 2017

    DAFWA provides data and information on current season through its network of automatic weather stations and seasonal climate forecasts through the Statistical Climate Information system.

  • 18 November 2016

    Methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are the main greenhouse gas emissions associated with agricultural production.

  • 15 December 2016

    Smoke exposure of grapevines and the development of smoke-related characteristics in the resulting wines is an increasing issue for the wine industry.

  • 19 December 2016

    Smoke exposure of grapevines and the development of smoke-related characteristics in the resulting wines is an increasing issue for the wine industry.

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