Oats

The Western Australian oat industry generates about $200 million for the state economy each year through the production of milled (rolled) oats for human consumption and feed oats and oaten hay for livestock production.

The major markets for Australian milling oats are Mexico, North Asia, South-East Asia and South Africa.

Western Australian feed oats are well received by international markets, particularly the growing Middle Eastern and Japanese race horse industries.

WA produces about 50% of Australia's export hay – most of which is sent to the Japanese dairy industry. 

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is a partner within the National Oat Breeding Program, which is responsible for breeding and developing new oat grain and hay varieties with superior quality. 

Articles

  • In 2020 the Department is conducting over 300 Grains Research trials across the state from Kununurra in the north to Esperance in the south.

  • DPIRD staff are conducting an annual integrated surveillance and monitoring program for foliar diseases of cereal, oilseeds and pulses in WA cropping zones.

  • Information is provided here to assist management of diseases and viruses that occur in broadacre crops grown in Western Australia - cereals (wheat, barley, oats and triticale), pulses (field pea,

  • The Crop Sowing Guide for Western Australia is a one stop shop for variety information on all the major crops grown in Western Australia.

  • Management of weeds, disease and nitrogen nutrition are ongoing challenges that limit yield potential.

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