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.


  • Determining how water moves through soil and is used by plants following irrigation is difficult.

  • Soil moisture sensors aid good irrigation management. Good irrigation management gives better crops, uses fewer inputs, and increases profitability.

  • The Carnarvon Research Facility is strategically situated to provide regional assistance to the agricultural industry in the Gascoyne, an area of about 68 000 square kilometres.

  • Details of current genetically modified (GM) crop trials and post harvest monitoring (PHM) sites in Australia can be found on the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) web page.

  • A snapshot of some of the latest news and seasonal advice from the department for Western Australian farm businesses in the horticulture sector.

  • Global demand for quinoa seed has increased steadily in recent years, primarily due to recognition of its high nutritional value.

  • Cotton has been grown very successfully in the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) of Western Australia.


  • Rice has been cultivated in many countries for thousands of years. It is a staple food for a significant proportion of the world's population and demand is growing.

  • 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.

  • Rice blast is the most important disease of rice worldwide and detection of the disease in 2010 halted the rice industry in its tracks in northern Western Australia.

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