Frost

With every second year, on average, delivering frosts significant enough to wipe out tens of millions of dollars of Western Australian (WA) crops it is no surprise that the State’s grain growers place frost management at the top of their research, development and extension priority list.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia plays a major role in addressing the impact of frost on WA growers through a combination of on-farm and genetics research and development activities.

The department coordinates the western node of the Australian National Frost Program – a $2.5 million research program funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation with the ultimate aim of developing wheat and barley varieties with higher frost tolerance.

Articles

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 18 January 2017

    The avocado tree, while quite adaptable to a range of climatic conditions, is considered to be sensitive to frost.

  • 15 December 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) plays a major role in addressing the impact of frost on WA growers through a combination of on-farm research and development activi

  • 7 November 2016

    Harvesting a frosted crop brings another layer of complexity to an already busy time of year.

  • 24 March 2017

    Flower Power is an online tool to predict wheat flowering times of up to three different varieties at the same time and the risk of frost or heat stress in your location.

  • 27 April 2017

    Frost occurs on clear nights in early spring when the air temperature drops to two Celcius (°C) or less.

  • Mottled pods
    11 May 2017

    Field peas have low tolerance to frost due to thin pod walls and exposure of pods to the atmosphere.

  • 12 May 2017

    Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia Research Officer Ben Biddulph was interviewed by reporter Debra Bishop for a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) GroundCover TV

  • 1 June 2017

    Through targeted grains research and development (R&D), the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s (DAFWA) Boosting Grains Research and Development project aims to increase the