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.


  • 20 December 2016

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

  • 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.

  • 8 April 2016

    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.

  • 19 October 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia provides up to date information about the coming season and its potential impacts on cropping and agriculture.

  • 4 August 2016

    Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) Research Officer Ben Biddulph was the star of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) GroundCover TV video which was recen

  • 18 January 2017

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

  • 4 October 2016

    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