Grains

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has significant direct investment in grains research, development and extension capability and activities, research infrastructure and policy development.

The Western Australian grains industry is a major contributor to the agrifood sector and the Australian economy.  WA produces on average 13 million tonnes of grains (cereals, oilseeds and pulses) each year.  Grain exports generate more than $4 billion (five year average) for the WA economy each year – making it the largest agricultural sector in the state, and the fourth largest export industry overall after iron ore, oil and gas, and gold.

WA exports about 80% of its annual grain production to more than 50 countries worldwide. Indonesia is WA’s top wheat export market worth over $0.5 billion per year. WA is the world’s leading supplier of premium malting barley to China, the major supplier of wheat for the Japanese udon noodle market, and a major feed barley supplier to the Middle East.

In the 2014/15 season it is estimated the WA grains industry exported a total of $3.7 billion of cereals and $790 billion of pulse, pasture and oilseeds. The major contributors to these exports were wheat ($2.7 billion), barley ($905 million), canola ($710 million), oats ($83 million) and lupins ($77 million).

Articles

  • 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.

  • 9 December 2016

    ‘Risk-aware’ growers can implement strategies to reduce and avoid unnecessary introduction and spread of weeds.

  • 16 September 2016

    Silver grass is an annual grass occurring in both cropping and grazing regions across Australia. There are several species, the most common being Vulpia myuros and V. bromoides.

  • 25 October 2016

    The Weed Seed Wizard is a computer simulation tool that uses paddock management information to predict weed emergence and crop losses.

  • 25 February 2015

    Stubble management on raised beds should specifically be focussed on reducing the build-up of stubble in the furrows.

  • 1 November 2016

    Adding oats to your diet can have many health benefits.

  • 17 November 2016

    Root and hypocotyl diseases can be significant problems in lupin crops, reducing stand density, plant vigour and yield.

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