Crops

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development continues to support the growth and international competitiveness of all crop industries in Western Australia.

With a 2400 kilometre span from its tropical north to its temperate south, WA supports a broad range of cropping industries from rain-fed winter cereals through to irrigated horticultural crops.

In the 2012/13 year the WA cropping industries exported a total of $3.9 billion which comprised: $3.1 billion of cereals, $859 million of pulses, pastures and oilseeds, $142 million of horticultural crops. The major contributors to these exports were wheat ($2.7 billion), canola ($756 million), barley ($377 million), lupins ($42 million), carrots at $48 million, oats ($12 million), and strawberries at $5.5 million.

Articles

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

  • Blueberry rust (Thekopsora minima) is a fungal disease which affects plants in the Ericaceae plant family, including blueberries, cranberries and rhododendrons.

  • Green snail, Cornu apertus (syn. Cantareus apertus, Helix aperta) is a serious pest and has the potential to cause crop losses.

  • Citrus gall wasp is a pest that affects all citrus species. Citrus tree owners are encouraged to implement control measures on their property to reduce the threat to the citrus industry in Western

  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia supports the growth of Western Australia’s agrifood sector in four key areas: markets, productivity, profitability and people.

  • A Quarantine Area Notice is in place that applies restrictions to the movement of host plants produced in the Quarantine Area to other areas in the state where tomato-potato psyllid is not known to

  • Ground pearls are closely related to scale insects and can be serious pests of sugarcane and recreational turf.

  • On-farm biosecurity, or hygiene, is about minimising the risk of unwanted plant, animal and microbiological organisms entering your property and causing problems.

  • Seed potato schemes do not have a standardised system for naming their field grown generations which makes it difficult to compare schemes.

  • Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is not found in Australia, but pose a high biosecurity risk due to their tendency to hitchhike in sea cargo and their highly mobile nature.

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