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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  • This page lists species commonly found on or near saline land in southern Western Australia. These species can be used as indicators of the level of salinity and waterlogging on the site.

  • It was standing room only when Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development staff attended a discussion on regenerative agriculture presented by third generation farmer and author Char

  • Saline lands in Western Australia (WA) often suffer winter waterlogging, with the levels of salinity and depth to watertable varying markedly both spatially and between seasons.

  • In 2017, the department carried out over 320 trials across the state from Carnarvon in the north to Esperance in the south.

  • This page contains information about managing nutrition in canola crops in Western Australia.

  • Soil constraints cost growers in Western Australia in excess of $1.6 billion annually in lost production with most of the soils in our grain growing area being affected by one or more soil constrai

  • Establishing common guidance runlines for all machinery operations will help minimise compaction and assist collecting good quality data for precision agriculture applications such as yield mapping

  • Soil aggregate stability refers to the ability for a soil to regulate the movement and storage of air and water throughout the soil profile which is determined by the soil make up of sand, silt and

  • In September 2017, six department research officers presented at the biennial Australian Agronomy Conference in Ballarat, Victoria.

  • Soil sampling and testing is an essential part of making good fertiliser decisions.

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