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.


  • 7 January 2015

    Revegetation, afforestation and reforestation have the potential to sequester the most carbon per hectare.

  • 8 December 2014

    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.

  • 17 February 2015

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

  • 21 October 2014

    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.

  • 16 February 2015

    Farm businesses in Western Australia can now access the Australian Government’s Drought Concessional Loans Scheme, recently made available in Queensland and New South Wales.

  • 8 September 2014

    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

  • 18 November 2014

    Mating ewes earlier (at eight to ten months of age) could enable farmers to reduce whole farm methane production because this practice would reduce the number of adult ewes which produce more metha

  • 27 January 2015

    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

  • 7 January 2015

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

  • 19 November 2014

    Rainfall to date graphs show the amount of rainfall accumulated from the start of the grain growing season and can be used as a tool in the seasonal decision-making process.


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