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

  • Russian wheat aphid is a major pest of wheat, barley and some grasses (Poaceae), which can cause significant yield losses.

  • Are you considering using a different wheat variety in your rotation this season? Do you know which herbicides are likely to affect the potential yield of the crop?

  • Image 1: Frost damage at booting vs healthy head

    All winter grains susceptible to frost. Wheat is more susceptible then barley at flowering, but it is not known if barley and wheat have different frost susceptibilities during grain fill.

  • With so many new wheat varieties out there, you may be scratching your head over which variety to choose for next season.

  • The second edition of The wheat book: principles and practice was published in October 2000 and is still a major reference publication for growers, researchers, consultants, agronomists and student

  • When selecting a wheat variety to implement in a farming system, it is important to be aware of the variety's disease package to plan management options. The disease resistance ratings for wheat va

  • Rain during harvest is a difficulty many WA grain growers have had to contend with in recent years.

  • Variety choice and variety management are key factors for profitable wheat production and this 'essentials' guide provides a guide to assist with these decisions.

  • Leaf spot diseases affecting wheat in Western Australia are septoria nodorum blotch, yellow spot and septoria tritici blotch.

  • This series of video tutorials has been produced to provide advice about the best ways to monitor and sample crops to diagnose and overcome constraints to crop production.

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