The Crop Sowing Guide for Western Australia is a one stop shop for variety information on all the major crops grown in WA, compiled by officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
This edition includes the major crops grown in WA – wheat, barley, canola, oat, lupins and pulses. The publication aims to provide information to support growers with decisions on the best choice of variety for each of the major crops for the upcoming season. The lupin and pulse sections also includes an “agronomy guide” summary to support management decisions required for these high value industries.
Not sure whether pulses are for your system? Yields and break even yields are listed in the pulse section plus a guide on picking a pulse that might be suitable for your property. Please also consult your local agronomist for more specific information for your local area.
When deciding whether to implement a new variety into your farming system, it’s important to determine whether the change will provide an advantage. A new variety should provide:
- an improvement in yield, grain quality and/or disease
- diversity or risk mitigation within your farming system
- suitable characteristics for current market.
International trade flows for barley continue to be significantly affected by China's ban on imports of Australian barley grain and geopolitical tensions between Ukraine and Russia. To help with barley decisions, market feedback from GIWA is included in the guide. Before making a barley choice, it is important to consider market demand, pricing signals, location of segregation sites and the risk associated with delivering malt-grade barley.
The guide provides variety characteristics, disease ratings, and agronomic information for the major crops. Grain yield summaries have been provided from the NVT website (nvtonline.com.au) and also supported by other DPIRD trial information.
The spring release of this publication should assist growers with making variety choices for the 2023 season. It is important for growers and consultants to review disease resistance ratings in autumn 2023 to ensure current resistance ratings of varieties are known. The latest NVT data will also be available early in 2023 via the NVT website and the Long Term Yield Reporting tool.
The complete document or individual crop sections can be downloaded from this website.
Hardcopies of the 2023 Crop Sowing Guide for Western Australia will be available from DPIRD offices and other agribusiness outlets.