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.

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  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is assisting northern beef business decision-making through the provision of seasonally relevant information, including forecas

  • 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

  • This page provides seasonally relevant information on conditions and management options for July, August and September 2019 in the agricultural areas of Western Australia (WA).

  • The climate of the south-west of Western Australia and the Western Australian Wheatbelt (termed together as the South West Land Division) is influenced by many global and local climate drivers.

  • This page hosts the 2018 frost trial information, handy project resources and the frost severity maps (from August).

  • Climate change is putting pressure on wheat yields in south-west Western Australia (WA) in several ways: lower annual and autumn and spring rainfall; later starts to the growing season; higher temp

  • The State Government has made a $5 million investment in further Doppler technology, as part of the $75 million Agricultural Infrastructure Investment Fund, to provide complete Doppler radar covera

  • The potential yield tool uses seasonal rainfall and decile finishes, calculated from historical data, to calculate the maximum wheat yield possible in the absence of any other constraints.

  • Managing sheep in  dry spring: for agribusiness professionals event was held in Kojonup, Geraldton and Perth in 2017.

  • Plant available soil water graphs show the amount of soil water accumulated from the start of summer (1 November) through the grain growing season and can be used as a tool in the seasonal decision

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