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 Agriculture and Food, Western Australia is liaising closely with agricultural businesses, consultants, grower groups, farming organisations and regional communities to ensure appropriate support is provided.
This website will be updated over 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
- Wheat losses from delayed emergence - research and modelling to assess the likely yield penalty from delayed plant emergence
- When to reseed canola – is reseeding canola worth the cost?
- Canola yield penalty with delayed sowing - research and modelling to assess the likely yield penalty from delayed plant emergence
- Supplementary feeding and feed budgeting for sheep
- Lifetime Wool - Feed budgeting for ewes
- AWI drought resources
- Feeding confinement
- Early weaning
July events calendar
The following community events may be useful for more information on the 2017 growing season. Visit the links under the 'Further information' column for event details.
|Wednesday 5 July||What is the weather doing and where do we go from here?||Cunderdin Community Resources Centre||Cunderdin Facebook page|
|Monday 17 July||RCSN local forum||Cunderdin Sport Sport and Recreation Centre||RCSN Cunderdin|
|Monday 17 July||RCSN local forum||Wongan Hills Community Resource Centre||RCSN Wongan Hills|
|Tuesday 18 July||RCSN local forum||Dalwallinu Recreation Centre||RCSN Dalwallinu|
|Tuesday 25 July||RCSN local forum||Cascade Hall||RCSN Cascade|
|RCSN local forum||Salmon Gums Community Centre||RCSN Salmon Gums|
|Thursday 27 July||RCSN local forum||Redmans Springdales Road shearing shed||RCSN Hopetoun|
|Thursday 27 July||Moora DAFWA Sheep Updates||Moora Tennis Club||Sheepsback calendar|
Financial and wellbeing support
Services are available to assist people through this difficult period:
- WA rural health, financial and information support directory
- Rural Financial Counselling Service WA or freecall 1800 612 044 - free financial counselling services to assist primary producers
- Regional Men’s Health Initiative or call +61 (0)8 9690 2277
- Farm Household Allowance call 13 23 16 – a household support payment from the Australian Government
- Farm Business Training or 1800 198 231 – targeted training to improve business management provided via the department.