- Rain over the last 2 months has been good except for parts of the south east and south coast.
- Pasture growth and food on offer is good in most areas except for some of the eastern grainbelt and parts of the south coast.
- Pasture residues over summer may be limited, and we recommend planning now for livestock feed until autumn 2019, and wind erosion control.
- The outlook for late September, October and November is for drier than average conditions.
See the seasonal rainfall update newsletter for a full set of recent rain and soil moisture maps and information.
- See the rainfall to date tool for your recording station.
- See the last week's rainfall:
The northern, western, and south-western grainbelt have had enough rain to support good seasonal growth. The eastern and south-eastern grainbelt are still relatively dry. Potential yield estimates are for average or better in much of the grainbelt, and low in some central-eastern and south-eastern areas.
Pastures and livestock
Keep feeding lactating ewes until there is 700 kilograms per hectare of pasture feed on offer (FOO). Pastures in the east and south-east of the grainbelt may not have reached this target and feeding continues.
Cold and wet conditions have resulted in multiple grazier alerts in the southern parts of the state, and reports of an increase in lamb deaths.
- Feed on offer and pasture growth rates in the south-west of WA
- Historic pasture growth rates for each Shire 2003–2018 (produce shire graphs or compare shires)
Grazing crops can provide a short-term feed source.
Lower than average rainfall is expected to continue for parts of the south-eastern grainbelt and south coast. The outlook is for drier than average conditions for late September and October, although the confidence in this is low in parts of the south coast.
The outlook is for slightly higher than average daytime temperatures. Clear skies may lead to an increased frost risk. These conditions may mean an early end to the season.
- Seasonal climate information: rainfall, soil moisture, frost risk
- Seasonal climate outlook newsletter
- Grazing cropped land: an detailed report on options and potential downsides of grazing crops by Grain and Graze.
- Research reveals tips in profitable crop grazing: a video provided by GRDC
- Grain Industry Association of Western Australia (GIWA) crop reports for 2018: a monthly forecasting service, released by the end of the second week each month, which estimates grain production and yield in Western Australia for the forthcoming harvest season. These reports have detailed delivery zone information for the month.
- Managing post-emergent weeds
- Crop nitrogen decisions in a dry year: a GRDC site
- The 2018 frost trials and information page hosts handy seasonal resources and the August 2018 frost severity maps. Other information on frost can be found at Frost identification guide for cereals and Management options for a frosted crop webpages.
Ewes with lambs will need supplementary feeding in most areas until paddock feed on offer reaches 700 kilograms of dry matter per hectare. Grain and hay feed supplies remain in short supply.
- Pasture feed on offer and growth rate maps 2018
- CBH Outturns and stockfeed: the site provides information on the process for acquiring stockfeed grain
- Grazing cereal crops with sheep
- Grazing cereal crops with cattle
- Boosting winter pasture growth with nitrogen fertiliser
- Supplementary feeding and feed budgeting of sheep: a full explanation of the options and how to choose feed sources based on energy and cost. Jump to the introduction of feed grains section
- Supplementary feeding calculator for pregnant and lactating ewes
Health and animal welfare
- Pregnancy toxaemia and hypocalcaemia of ewes
- WA Livestock Disease Outlook: a monthly newsletter for producers
- Is it fit to load? A national guide to selecting animals fit to transport: PDF download (Meat and Livestock Australia)
Land and water
Health and finances
- Western Australia’s rural health, financial and information services support directory
- Rural Financial Counselling Service WA: free call 1800 612 044 for free financial counselling services to assist primary producers
- Regional Men’s Health Initiative: call +61 (0)8 9690 2277
Contact your local DPIRD office to find out who can help you on any of the topics above. You can also suggest any changes to this page.