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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  • The Carnarvon Research Facility is strategically situated between Geraldton and Karratha to provide regional assistance to the agricultural industry in the Mid West of Western Australi an area of a

  • Qualup bell is indigenous to Western Australia and is distinguished by large colourful bracts that provide an eye catching display as a cut flower. It can be used as a filler or feature filler.

  • Septoria spot (Septoria citri) is a serious pest of citrus that can affect external fruit quality. This pest is not known to occur in Western Australia.

  • Mites (Acari) are arthropods, a group that includes insects and spiders. Some mites are large enough to be visible to the naked eye while others can only be seen with a hand lens or microscope.

  • Good fertiliser management is about balancing costs and returns so that the balance comes out in your favour. Failing to implement best practice nutrition programs can lead to poor returns.

  • Pesticide-treated seed and structural treatments to grain storage and handling areas may leave chemical residues in cereals, pulses and oilseeds unless managed effectively. Treated grain storage an

  • Grape phylloxera, Daktulosphaira vitifoliae, is a major pest in all grape growing countries around the world.

  • 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.

  •  Potato spindle tuber viroid can reduce crop yields in potatoes and tomatoes. Use certified disease-free planting material and destroy infected plant material.

  • There are many economic and financial implications that need to be considered when choosing a management option. These may include:

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