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 Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS) provides advisory and identification services on animal and plant pests, weeds and diseases that impact Western Australia's agriculture and food ind

  • Irrigating with water of higher salinity than a crop can tolerate results in yield loss and decreased quality.

  • Correct postharvest handling is essential to maximise vase life and maintain flower and foliage quality.

  • This web page outlines the commercial cultivation of Boronia megastigma (brown boronia) and B. heterophylla (pink).

  • This page describes the characteristics of a good potting mix and outlines some of the common ingredients, as well as detailing simple tests for aeration and water-holding capacity.

  • Dried flowers are a popular longer-lasting alternative to fresh flowers. A number of methods can be used to dry flowers but some basic principles apply generally such as drying as fast as possible

  • Cut flowers and foliage are highly perishable items. Field heat should be removed as soon as possible after picking.

  • Liquid fertiliser is commonly used on its own or as a supplement to base fertiliser in horticulture.

  • Glycerining is the term used in the ornamental cutflower and foliage processing industry to describe treating fresh plant material with a hygroscopic (water-attracting) chemical. The objective is t

  • The supply of nutrients to plants in a nursery can be achieved using different methods.