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.


  • 20 March 2015

    Raised beds are the only long-term option for preventing waterlogging and increasing crop yield on target areas. Crop yields are more reliable and yield and profit are increased.

  • 20 March 2015

    Raised beds are a long-term option for preventing waterlogging and increasing crop yield on target areas.

  • 2 September 2016

    Spring frosts occasionally cause drastic reductions in crop yields in localised parts of the Western Australian wheatbelt.

  • 25 February 2016

    Growing oaten hay on frost-prone paddocks minimises the frost risk as it is cut soon after flowering, avoiding the frost-sensitive period.

  • 12 October 2016

    Controlled traffic farming (CTF) is a farming system built on permanent wheel tracks where the crop zone and traffic lanes are permanently separated.

  • 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.

  • 26 May 2016

    Water repellence develops when there is an accumulation of hydrophobic organic substances in a susceptible soil. Hydrophobic compounds are derived from plant and microbial sources. Sands are more s

  • 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.

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