The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has significant direct investment in grains research, development and extension capability and activities, research infrastructure and policy development.

The Western Australian grains industry is a major contributor to the agrifood sector and the Australian economy.  WA produces on average 13 million tonnes of grains (cereals, oilseeds and pulses) each year.  Grain exports generate more than $4 billion (five year average) for the WA economy each year – making it the largest agricultural sector in the state, and the fourth largest export industry overall after iron ore, oil and gas, and gold.

WA exports about 80% of its annual grain production to more than 50 countries worldwide. Indonesia is WA’s top wheat export market worth over $0.5 billion per year. WA is the world’s leading supplier of premium malting barley to China, the major supplier of wheat for the Japanese udon noodle market, and a major feed barley supplier to the Middle East.

In the 2014/15 season it is estimated the WA grains industry exported a total of $3.7 billion of cereals and $790 billion of pulse, pasture and oilseeds. The major contributors to these exports were wheat ($2.7 billion), barley ($905 million), canola ($710 million), oats ($83 million) and lupins ($77 million).


  • 13 January 2016

    Report pests such as insects, weeds, diseases and animals to the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) using the suite of MyPestGuide reporting tools.

  • 8 October 2015

    Harvesting oats is usually done by direct heading of standing grain as soon as the crop is ripe which will help reduce grain shedding.

  • 19 November 2015

    In the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) kabuli chickpea is a high value, large seeded, good quality grain for domestic and export markets.

  • 9 November 2015

    Soil acidification occurs naturally very slowly as soil is weathered, but this process is accelerated by productive agriculture.

  • 8 September 2015

    The Agricultural Bioscience International Conference (ABIC) is the premier global meeting promoting innovation in bioscience.

  • 9 November 2015

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has significant direct investment in agricultural research, development and extension capability and activities.

  • 5 November 2015

    Powdery mildew is a fungal leaf disease that reduces yield and grain quality in susceptible wheat varieties.

  • At maturity deficient plants vary from bleached with disordered heads to stunted and dark with shrivelled heads.
    29 May 2015

    Most soils in Western Australia were copper deficient in their natural state.

  • Patches of stunted pale clumpy plants.
    26 June 2015

    Zinc deficiency has become more common in young barley plants emerging in drying soil but this deficiency is usually transitory and disappears when rainfall re-wets the topsoil.


  • 1 May 2015

    Zadoks growth scale is a a 0-99 scale of development that is recognised internationally for research, advisory work and farm practice, particularly to time the application of chemicals and fertilis


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