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.

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  • Banana freckle was detected in Dwarf Cavendish banana fruit in the Northern Territory in May 2022. The Northern Territory Government is responding to this new detection.

  • Blueberry rust (Thekopsora minima) is a fungal disease that affects blueberries and some relatives in the Ericaceae plant family.

  • Gnomoniopsis is a problem on some cultivars of strawberry, for example on the first flush of Festival early in the season. It can be carried over on planting material and early symptoms on leaves m

  • Myrtle rust is a serious disease that attacks and kills many plants belonging to the Myrtaceae family including eucalypts, bottlebrushes, paperbarks and peppermint trees.

  • Downy mildew of grapevines can cause serious crop loss if weather conditions are favourable.

  • Bunch rots of grapes are widespread in Western Australia and reduce yield and quality. Weather conditions and control strategies influence the severity of losses which can vary between vineyards.

  • Sclerotinia shoot rot is caused by the fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.

  • Downy mildew, caused by Plasmopara viticola, is a major disease of grapevines that originates from North America.

  • Eutypa dieback is caused by the fungus Eutypa lata which is a prohibited organism in Western Australia. It is a major trunk disease of grapevines that reduces yields and kills the vine.

  • Phomopsis cane and leaf spot is caused by the fungus Phomopsis viticola which is a prohibited organism in Western Australia.

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