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 Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) 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. DAFWA is also pioneering soil and water investigation of the State’s undeveloped areas to establish new irrigated agricultural industries.

Articles

  • 15 September 2016

    Confident identification of soil compaction to restrict crop or pasture growth uses diagnosis combining visual symptoms of plant, root and soil features.

  • 15 September 2016

    Soil compaction is rearrangement of soil particles and reduction in macro-porosity and total pore space by stresses.

  • 1 June 2016

    Surface and subsurface soils can be compacted. Livestock and light machinery often compact surface soil.

  • 17 November 2016

    Yellow, brown and red deep sands.

  • 17 November 2016

    Sand or loam topsoil over alkaline clay subsoil at <30 centimetres (cm).

  • 15 November 2016

    Some biological processes can impact on the severity and expression of soil water repellence.

  • 21 November 2016

    Poverty bush (Acacia stellaticeps*) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 21 November 2016

    Curara (Acacia tetragonophylla) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 21 November 2016

    Bardie bush (Acacia victoriae) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 12 January 2017

    Feathertop wiregrass (Aristida latifolia) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

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