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 production and distribution of avocados is a complex business. Existing and potential growers need to be aware of important issues and regulations, some of which are summarised here.

  • Commercial production of avocados in Western Australia is a complex business requiring specialist skills and knowledge. Much of this knowledge may need to be sourced from others.

  • The cool Mediterranean conditions of the South-West of Western Australia are sub-optimal for avocado production which can impact on the reliability of cropping.

  • While Hass avocados are commonly grown in the South-West of Western Australia without a cross-polliniser variety, much interest has focused around the potential benefits of using a suitable cross-p

  • The avocado tree, while quite adaptable to a range of climatic conditions, is considered to be sensitive to frost.