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

  • 16 November 2016

    Aluminium toxicity in the subsurface is the major problem associated with soil acidity in Western Australia.

  • 16 November 2016

    Soil acidification occurs naturally very slowly as soil is weathered, but this process is accelerated by productive agriculture.

  • 16 November 2016

    Agricultural lime is any product that is used to increase the pH of soil. In Western Australia, the three main sources are limesand, limestone and dolomitic lime.

  • 16 November 2016

    Carbonate from calcium carbonate (or magnesium carbonate) neutralises acid in the soil.

  • 16 November 2016

    Convert to 100% neutralising value (NV) for equal comparison and discount to allow for differences in particle size and speed of reaction.

  • Blackening of sub-crown internode in extreme cases
    16 April 2015

    A fungal root disease that is not common in Western Australia (WA) but can build up to damaging levels in continuous wheat crops.

  • In severe cases whole plants develop white heads after flowering.
    14 April 2016

    A fungal disease most common in continuous cereal crops, which affects roots and lower stems and is usually not detected until after heading.

  • Small, circular to oval pustules with orange to light brown dusty spores on upper surface of leaves.
    3 May 2016

    Leaf rust (Puccinia triticina) is a fungal leaf disease specific to wheat that can pose a significant threat to the yield and quality of Western Australian wheat crops in some seasons, cau

  • Roots stunted, short and stubby with few laterals.
    16 April 2015

    A widespread fungal root disease that attacks seedlings but which rarely causes large yield losses.

     

  • Affected plants stunted with stiff, rolled leaves, which are sometimes darker than those of healthy plants.
    6 September 2016

    A widespread root disease caused by a soil-borne fungus and generating yield losses of 1-5% in Western Australia each year.

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