Grains

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).

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  • 3 September 2015

    In-crop weed competition causes losses costing around $1 billion per annum for Western Australia (WA).

  • 5 February 2016

    Frost occurs on clear nights in early spring when the air temperature drops to two Celcius (°C) or less.

  • 9 December 2013

    Summer crops can be grown for various reasons including replacing a ‘missed’ cereal crop, control herbicide resistant weeds, filling a summer feed gap for livestock or for watertable control.

  • 18 September 2014

    Drains in most waterlogging-susceptible cropped areas pay for themselves within a few years.

  • 20 March 2015

    Cropping raised beds is little different from cropping normal seedbeds, except for the need to keep operations centred on the beds, avoid cropping operations in the furrows and drains, and restrict

  • 18 September 2014

    People unfamiliar with raised beds are often concerned with the proportion of land occupied by furrows.

  • 17 December 2014

    The layout of raised beds and their associated drains is important for the safe and legal disposal of excess water and the operational efficiency of farming operations.

  • 17 December 2014

    The costs of installing a system of raised beds should be recovered through a cropping program.

  • 17 December 2014

    The best way to identify waterlogged areas is by visually inspecting them. If in the middle of winter water is present at the surface (i.e.

  • 4 February 2016

    Herbicides can be applied by a variety of means including boom sprayers, aerial spraying, misters, blanket wipers, rope wick applicators, weed seekers and back-pack sprayers.

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