Irrigated crops

In areas such as the Ord River Irrigation Area in northern Western Australia, the Department of Agriculture and Food is working with industry in trialling new varieties and agronomic systems for both existing and potentially valuable new crops.

The main crops of current interest include the health food quinoa, rice which is showing considerable potential if disease and variety problems can be overcome, sugar cane which will be the basis of new developments on Ord Stage 2, and cotton which is based on genetically-modified varieties.


  • 18 January 2017

    The Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS) provides advisory and identification services on animal and plant pests, weeds and diseases that impact Western Australia's agriculture and food ind

  • 14 October 2016

    Determining how water moves through soil and is used by plants following irrigation is difficult.

  • 20 October 2016

    Water movement patterns on the soil surface may not be a good guide to what is happening below the surface and can lead to inefficient irrigation.

  • 7 November 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has played a vital role in the Ord River Irrigation Expansion projects in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

  • 23 May 2016

    Within Western Australia some areas may have pests, diseases or weeds established that are not found elsewhere within the state.

  • 17 November 2014

    The Carnarvon Research Facility is strategically situated between Geraldton and Karratha to provide regional assistance to the agricultural industry in the Mid West of Western Australi an area of a

  • 16 September 2016

    Summer weeds can rob subsequent crops of soil nitrogen and stored soil water. They can also reduce crop emergence by causing physical and/or chemical interfence at seeding time.

  • 9 December 2016

    Rice blast is the most important disease of rice worldwide and detection of the disease in 2010 halted the rice industry in its tracks in northern Western Australia.

  • 30 November 2016

    Cotton has been grown very successfully in the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) of Western Australia.

  • 25 June 2014

    Kabuli chickpeas are a high value industry in the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA). A large-seeded, high quality grain is grown for domestic and export markets.


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