Water

A changing climate and increased competition for scarce water resources means the Western Australian agriculture sector must adapt to reduced water availability. The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is supporting the sector through innovative research and management strategies to identify new water resources, and sustain the quality and efficient use of available water resources.

DAFWA provides technical information on a range of water related issues, and works to complement the Department of Water’s administration of the Western Australian Rural Water Planning Program. This program supports dryland rural communities to improve and better manage non-potable water supplies, through incentive schemes, grants, and planning and technical services.

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  • The Agriculture and Food Division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) recommends constructing broad-based banks to intercept and divert surface water run-off in

  • Waterlogging is widespread in winter in the agricultural areas of Western Australia and is a major factor reducing crop yields, especially in wet years.

  • Jujubes (or Chinese dates) are a new horticultural industry in Western Australia. This page outlines recommendations for irrigating jujubes in Western Australia. 

  • Growers who know the amount of water that a soil can hold for plant growth — the size of the 'bucket' — can estimate potential crop yield and the value of treating soil constraints to that yield.

  • Roof run-off or rainwater can provide clear, very soft and low-salinity water.

  • Four years of research by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has laid the foundation for growth of new irrigated industries and development in the La Grange area, sou

  • The final harvest at the netted demonstration resulted in the best crop of the three year project.

  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has produced an interactive soil and groundwater map of the La Grange Groundwater Subarea, as part of the La Grange Agriculture Opp

  • Irrigation is the most important input for Irrigated agriculture affecting performance, yield and quality of crops.  Irrigation design determines the delivery operation and power use efficiency and

  • Selecting the correct pump for an irrigation system will not only result in better crop production, but save money on running costs over its life.  A poor pump choice may result in damage to the sy

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