Resource assessment

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development assesses resource use for sustainable agriculture by carrying out surveillance and project level monitoring; evaluation of resource condition and trends; setting resource assessment standards, systems and procedures; and reporting this information to resource managers. The intent of this work is to establish baselines and targets for resource condition, to assist managers to choose production technologies and systems that maintain or improve resource condition.

Articles

  • Estimating or measuring soil texture provides valuable information about soil properties affecting crop and pasture growth. Soil texture affects the movement and availability of air, nutrients and

  • Three-quarters of high rainfall (more than 600mm annual rainfall) clover pastures in Western Australia do not need additional phosphorus for optimal plant growth.

  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) completed a major analysis of groundwater trends in the agricultural areas of south-west Western Australia in 2014.

  • More than 1 million hectares of land in the south-west of Western Australia is severely affected by dryland salinity.

  • We assessed the potential and reported wheat yield of the 18 million hectares of agricultural land in the south-west of Western Australia and summarised the important land management constraints th

  • Soil acidification is an inevitable and ongoing consequence of productive agriculture.

  • This page summarises the metrics for each resource theme in the Report card on sustainable natural resource use in agriculture (the Report card).

  • There are many benefits from monitoring and assessing pastoral rangeland condition, and monitoring can be done at several levels to meet the needs of rangeland managers, researchers and government

  • Members of the public can lodge a complaint about observed land management with the Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservation in Western Australia, and the Commissioner will then investigate the c

  • Dryland salinity is one of the greatest environmental threats facing Western Australia's agricultural land, water, biodiversity and infrastructure.