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

  • 30 May 2016

    Tomato bush (Solanum orbiculatum) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 15 September 2016

    Plume sorghum (Sorghum plumosum) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 12 January 2017

    Annual sorghum (Sorghum stipoideum) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 30 May 2016

    The soft spinifexes (Triodia pungensT. epactia and T. schinzii) are some of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 30 May 2016

    Rice grass (Xerochloa laniflora) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • 21 December 2016

    There are many different grazing methods used to improve productivity, maintain desirable pasture species and reduce land degradation.

  • 21 November 2014

    Nitrates from nitrogen fertiliser are readily leached from all soils, but leaching is particularly rapid on sands.

  • 31 August 2016

    Since the 1940s, different organisations have surveyed the landscapes, soils and vegetation of the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

  • 18 January 2017

    Extensive wind erosion of field pea stubble often follows grazing over summer and autumn. Semi-leafless field pea varieties have reduced lodging, improved pod-height and reduced pod-shatter.

  • 18 January 2017

    The wingless grasshopper (Phaulacridium vittatum) is a native insect widely distributed throughout the higher rainfall coastal areas of southern Australia.

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