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.


  • 2 May 2017

    All agricultural industries in Western Australia will need to deal with some level of climate change in the coming decades. The effects of climate change will vary regionally and by enterprise, wit

  • 16 November 2016

    Climate change will affect horticultural production in Western Australia (WA) in a number of ways, and the effects will depend on location, soil type, crop type and management.

  • 7 September 2017

    Correct irrigation management gives better crops, using fewer inputs, which increases profitability. Soil moisture sensors help with irrigation decisions.

  • 22 November 2016

    Irrigation is the most important input for Irrigated agriculture affecting performance, yield and quality of crops.  Irrigation design determines the delivery operation and power use efficiency and

  • 18 January 2017

    IrrigateWA is an irrigation app that will assist with the implementation of correct irrigation scheduling for a variety of crops, regions and soil types in Western Australia.

  • 4 November 2016

    Global demand for quinoa seed has increased steadily in recent years, primarily due to recognition of its high nutritional value.

  • 27 April 2017

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has been supporting the Ord River Irrigation Expansion Stage 2, now known as the Goomig Farmlands, in Western Australia’s Kimberley

  • 4 December 2015

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, WA (DAFWA) commissioned the Economic Analysis of Irrigated Agriculture Development Options for the Pilbara report as part of the Royalties for Regio

  • 23 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

  • 1 August 2017

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



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