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 Agriculture and Food Division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) provides this agri-climate profile of historical and projected climate information to supp

  • The Agriculture and Food Division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) provides this agri-climate profile of historical and projected climate information to supp

  • Growers who know the amount of water that a soil can hold for plant growth — the size of the 'bucket' — can estimate potential crop yield and the value of treating soil constraints to that yield.

  • 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.

  • The Industry Grants for International Competitiveness (IGIC) program is a component of the 

  • Roof run-off or rainwater can provide clear, very soft and low-salinity water.

  • The extreme weather events tool uses data from the department's extensive weather station network to map extreme temperatures, either below or above a specified threshold.

  • Composting offers an environmentally superior alternative to using organic material for landfill because composting reduces methane production (a major source of greenhouse gas), and provides a ser

  • Four years of research by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has laid the foundation for growth of new irrigated industries and development in the La Grange area, sou

  • The final harvest at the netted demonstration resulted in the best crop of the three year project.

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