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

  • 14 August 2017

    Barley module of Flower Power is a statistical model to predict the date of awn emergence (Z49) in Western Australian environments.

  • 15 August 2017

    Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia supports the growth of Western Australia's agrifood sector in four key areas: markets, productivity, profitability and people.

  • 16 August 2017

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has carried out whole farm nutrient mapping to help land managers optimise their nutrient use and

  • 16 August 2017

    Sclerotinia stem rot is a fungal disease of canola, initially only common in parts of the northern agricultural region.

  • 17 August 2017

    Growers who know the amount of water that a soil can hold for plant growth — the size of the 'bucket' — can estimate potential crop yield and the value of treating soil constraints to that yield.

  • 17 August 2017

    DDLS Seed Testing and Certification offers a wide range of tests to assess the quality of your seed.

  • 17 August 2017

    Nitrous oxide, a highly active greenhouse gas, is released from pastures and crops using nitrogen fertilisers.

  • 17 August 2017

    Sclerotinia stem rot has a very wide host range including several crop species important in Western Australian cropping systems.

  • 18 August 2017

    As a result of wide-spread recent rains, weeds are now emerging and becoming a challenge for growers to manage in paddocks with patchy crops, staggered emergence or no crop emergence.

  • 18 August 2017

    2017 is likely to be a challenging growing season for many agricultural businesses across the grainbelt.

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