2017 growing season resources

2017 is likely to be a challenging growing season for many agricultural businesses across the grainbelt.

Widespread summer rainfall, which provided good stored moisture levels, has been followed by patchy autumn rainfall, particularly in the north east of the region.

Several forecasters, including the department’s Statistical Seasonal Forecasting system (SSF), are predicting below average rainfall for winter and spring.

Western Australian agricultural businesses are adept at managing seasons with below average rainfall, with 11 below average rainfall seasons recorded since and including the year 2000.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is liaising closely with agricultural businesses, consultants, grower groups, farming organisations and regional communities to ensure appropriate support is provided.

This page will be updated regularly over the coming months to provide timely and relevant advice, tools and networks as the season progresses.

Climate and weather tools

The department has several climate and weather tools to assist both short and long term decision making:

  • Weather stations - real time data form more than 170 weather stations around the state, including weather summaries, charts and Doppler radar rainfall and wind images
  • Seasonal climate information - includes rainfall forecasts, plant available soil moisture maps, potential yield calculator and frost risk maps
  • Rainfall to date tool - graphs tailored to location
  • Potential yield tool - calculates potential wheat yield to location

Land and water resources

Agronomic information

Livestock information

Financial and wellbeing support

Services are available to assist people through this difficult period:

Contact information

David Ferris
+61 (0)8 9690 2117
Danny Roberts
+61 (0)8 9892 8535
Page last updated: Friday, 18 August 2017 - 12:35pm