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

  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia's (DAFWA) Farm Planning Workshops offer a range of opportunities for farm businesses.

  • The Report card on sustainable natural resource use in agriculture - status and trend in the agricultural areas of the south-west of Western Australia presents the best available informati

  • 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. Use this information to su

  • 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.

  • The State Government announced a $7.8 million package in April 2013 to support farm businesses and rural communities in the Wheatbelt. The support package includes:

  • Carbon farming through rangeland restoration has generally low sequestration potential per hectare, but potentially extensive environmental benefits.

  • The wheat yield forecast maps are produced from July to November and show predicted shire wheat yields compared with past years.

  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, with funding assistance from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, analysed and captured current and emerging information

  • The Stormwater Management, Harvesting and Reuse Efficiency Project (Stormwater reuse project) is focused on stormwater harvesting and reuse for social, economic and environmental benefits in Wester


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