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 treatment of vegetable seeds prior to planting can help control seed-borne diseases. Control of these diseases is necessary to prevent reduction in the crop yield.

  • Kabuli chickpeas are a high value industry in the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA). A large-seeded, high quality grain is grown for domestic and export markets.

  • Mites of the Tetranychidae family (commonly known as spider mites) include some important pests of economic concern to agriculture and forestry.

  • Dragon fruit, also known as sweet pitahaya, is a stunning looking tropical fruit borne on arboreal cacti with a demonstrated potential for Carnarvon.

  • Low seedling vigour in older seed

    Poor grain quality seed can impact on germination rates and market quality. It can be due to small seed or damage by harvest, storage, weather or environment.

  • Science is being used as a basis to develop the next unique Western Australian red wine.

  • Symptoms of zinc, copper, manganese and magnesium deficiency are often seen in apple and pear trees in Western Australian orchards.

  • Emerging leaves are distorted and discoloured; leaf blades become cupped and crinkly

    Glyphosate is a systemic knockdown herbicide that is used extensively for brown fallow, summer weed or pre-seeding weed control, or selective weed control in glyphosate resistant crops.

  • Scattered germination due to insufficient soil moisture

    Early drought may affect germination and early growth. Water stressed seedlings are more severely affected by other constraints and may have induced nutrient deficiencies.

  • Flattened strap-like flowering stem

    Fasciation is a relatively rare condition of abnormal growth in the growing point that has no economic significance in canola.

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