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

  • Jujubes (or Chinese dates) are a new horticultural industry in Western Australia. This page outlines recommendations for irrigating jujubes in WA.

  • Growers who know the amount of water that a soil can hold for plant growth — the size of the 'bucket' — can estimate potential crop yield and the value of treating soil constraints to that yield.

  • The final harvest at the netted demonstration resulted in the best crop of the three year project.

  • Irrigation is the most important input for Irrigated agriculture affecting performance, yield and quality of crops.  Irrigation design determines the delivery operation and power use efficiency and

  • 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.

  • In this article we provide details on how to approximate your annual water requirements for commercial production of avocados.

  • This article provides the guiding principles to efficient irrigation of avocados.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development identifies high quality agricultural land (HQAL) using a methodology that combines soil and water qualities valuable to agriculture and

  • The agriculture and food division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (the department) provides advice and information to land use planners to help them consider the ne

  • Irrigation systems that are not designed, maintained or used efficiently can cost growers in lost productivity, excess water use, unused fertiliser loss, and excessive energy bills.

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