Grains research & development

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has grains research and development connections across Australia and with more than 25 countries worldwide – ranging from collaboration with Japanese flour millers involved with the udon noodle industry through to seeking out barley genes tolerant of acid soils on the Tibetan Plateau and commercialising department-bred lupin varieties for use in the Chilean salmon industry.

These research, development and extension linkages and partnerships underpin the department’s capacity to tackle grains issues of national and regional agricultural importance and deliver profitable management solutions to the state’s 5000 grain producers.

DAFWA is committed to leading and contributing to specific priority areas of research and development through the Grains Industry National Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Strategy.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) – a national organisation coordinating research and development of behalf of Australian grain growers is a key funder of the department's grain research, development and extension activities.

Major initiatives being undertaken through the GRDC-DAFWA partnership include developing solutions to frost and soil constraints, which together can cost the Western Australian grains industry hundreds of millions of dollars in lost production each year.

Articles

  • 10 August 2016

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

  • 18 September 2014

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

  • 15 November 2016

    One-off soil inversion results in the complete burial of the water repellent topsoil in a layer typically at a depth of 15-35cm, and brings to the surface a layer of wettable subsoil.

  • 9 December 2016

    Annual ryegrass (Lolium rigidum) is one of the most serious and costly weeds of annual winter cropping systems in southern Australia.

  • 23 June 2016

    Wheat is highly susceptible to frost damage between ear emergence and flowering.

  • 12 October 2016

    Controlled traffic farming (CTF) is a farming system built on permanent wheel tracks where the crop zone and traffic lanes are permanently separated.

  • 15 September 2016

    Soil compaction is rearrangement of soil particles and reduction in macro-porosity and total pore space by stresses.

  • 25 October 2016

    Barley grass is a common name for Hordeum glaucum and H. leporinum.

  • 1 August 2016

    Herbicide resistance is the inherited ability of an individual plant to survive a herbicide application that would kill a normal population of the same species.

  • 9 December 2016

    Windmill grass (Chloris truncata) is a native species and is the tenth most common summer weed species in the Western Australian wheatbelt.

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