Irrigated crops

In areas such as the Ord River Irrigation Area in northern Western Australia, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development 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.

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  • Growing global demand for Australian beef products, driven primarily by Asian countries, presents opportunities to expand livestock production and value add in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of

  • A snapshot of some of the latest news and seasonal advice from the department for Western Australian farm businesses in the horticulture sector.

  • Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) is gaining increased attention in Western Australia due to food standards allowing human consumption of hemp seed in Australia.

  • Estimating or measuring soil texture provides valuable information about soil properties affecting crop and pasture growth. Soil texture affects the movement and availability of air, nutrients and

  • 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

  • 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.

  • This page and attached reports are part of the assessments for expansion of Ord River Irrigation in Western Australia’s Kimberley region: the 6000 hectares of red loamy soils – the Cockatoo Sands –

  • Congratulations to the following applicants who have been selected to be awarded a grants from the Industrial Hemp Grant Scheme (IHGS).

  • Applications are now closed for the Industrial Hemp Grants Scheme (IHGS).

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development acts as the Registrar for the Industrial Hemp Act 2004 in Western Australia.

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