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

  • Western Australian agricultural businesses are adept at managing seasons with below average rainfall.

  • Carbon farming is the process of changing agricultural practices or land use to increase the amount of carbon stored in the soil and vegetation (sequestration) and to reduce greenhouse gas emission

  • The Agriculture and Food division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) provides information on carbon farming related policy, legislation and science, to identif

  • Carbon farming activities can achieve multiple economic and environmental co-benefits in addition, in some cases, to emissions avoidance offset income.

  • An important component of climate change is the increased uncertainty of forecasting seasonal weather.

  • Flower Power is an online tool to predict wheat flowering times of up to three different varieties at the same time and the risk of frost or heat stress in your location.