Wheat

Wheat production accounts for 70% of total cereal production in Western Australia with about seven million tonnes generated annually in a rain-fed system across four million hectares of land.

About 80% of WA wheat is exported - predominantly to Asia and the Middle East - generating $2 billion in annual export earnings for the state.

Yields of WA-bred premium wheat varieties have risen by 1% per year during the past 30 years, a rate higher than world average.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has a strong research, development and extension focus on wheat production through its long history in wheat breeding (now privatised through Intergrain) and the development of wheat variety management packages for the state’s grain production zones.

Articles

  • Barley plant death from Fusilade® spray drift from neighbouring lupin paddock

    These are post-emergent grass contol herbicides used for annual ryegrass and/or wild oat control in wheat and barley or non-selective grass control in broadleaf crops.

  • All exposed parts are affected, more on one side with spray drift

    This category includes contact herbicides from a range of chemical groups that require uniform spray coverage to be fully effective.

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