The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is involved in all aspects of the barley value chain from pre-breeding research to support the development of new barley varieties through to barley agronomy research, development and extension, barley grain quality assessments and market intelligence work.

Barley is Western Australia’s second largest cereal crop after wheat – accounting for 25% of the state’s total grain production and delivering just over $1 billion in barley grain and malt export earnings each year.

Thirty per cent of barley produced is delivered as malting grade destined for the international beer industry with the remaining 70% delivered as feed grade – the majority of which is sent to the Middle East.


  • Yellow stripes that turn brown and eventually die.

    A very rare fungal disease that is most often found in irrigated barley.


  • Bleached often diamond shaped lesions with dark brown edge

    A stubble and seed-borne fungal foliar disease occurring more frequently in high rainfall cooler areas that can cause grain yield losses up to 45% and reduce grain quality.

  • Older leaf death with small dark spots, particularly at leaf tip and margins

    Boron toxicity is usually an inherent feature of a soil and is a particular problem when high boron levels occur in the subsoil.

  • GrainGuard is a coordinated and cooperative strategic approach between the grain industry and the Western Australian Government.

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