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.

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  • 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 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

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

  • 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.

  • 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

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

  • The El Niño -Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Technical Summary provides an overview of atmospheric and oceanic indicators of the El Niño -Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon and uses a number of new

  • Domesticated livestock produce significant amounts of methane as part of their normal digestive processes.

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