Climate, land & water

Western Australia’s agriculture sector needs access to productive soil and water resources for growth and profit. However, the sector must compete with increasing resource demands from all sectors of the community, and the pressures of a changing climate. The Agriculture and Food division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development supports agriculture by providing long-term management solutions, practical risk management strategies and tools to maintain and improve resource conditions, to meet the needs of industry and stakeholders. Agriculture and Food is also pioneering soil and water investigation of the state’s undeveloped areas to establish new irrigated agricultural industries.

Articles

  • Western Australian agriculture experiences variability in its winter growing season (May–October): late starts, early finishes and 'dry seasons' with rainfall low enough to cause serious crop stres

  • Climate change in south-western Western Australia is a reality. There have been increased temperatures, decreased annual rainfall and increased climate variability.

  • Saltwater couch (Sporobolus virginicus) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands. This page provides a summary of the plant's value for pastoralism.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development uses the following definitions for terms used in our rangeland management publications.

  • Fifteen projects will share in $582,800 in funding through the eConnected Grainbelt Project’s new WA Internet of Things (IoT) DecisionAg Grant Program.

  • The Western Australian Government has stated its support for pastoralists wanting to sequester carbon through revegetation.

  • In Western Australia, carrots are grown on sandy soils of low water-holding capacity. When evaporation exceeds rainfall, irrigation is important to ensure high yields and quality.

  • The Gascoyne Food Bowl Initiative (GFBI) was established in 2012 to increase horticultural production in the area, matched with borefield development.

  • NRInfo (natural resource information) provides digital mapping and information for natural resources across Western Australia.

  • We conducted land capability and groundwater resource availability and risk investigations to determine the potential for developing irrigated agriculture on 30 000 hectares of Cockatoo Sands on th

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