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

    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.

  • 17 October 2017

    The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's former Northern Beef Futures (NBF) project, supported by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, commenced in 2014 to t

  • 12 October 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

  • 18 September 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

  • 11 July 2017

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is planning for the future of irrigated agriculture development in the Pilbara through the $12.5 million Pilbara Hinterland Agricul

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