2024 WA Crop Sowing Guide

Page last updated: Wednesday, 22 November 2023 - 11:41am

The Crop Sowing Guide for Western Australia 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. Some management tips for cereals are also provided. The pulse section includes an ‘agronomy and herbicide guide’ to support the management of these high-value crops. Variety snapshots (or quick references) are included for wheat, barley and oats.

Please note a CORRECTION has been made to Table 3 of the canola section on page 108 (correct version is available from the 22/11/2023). If you downloaded the guide prior to this date, please download the updated version.

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 lupin and pulse sections also includes an “agronomy and herbicide 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.

It is good news for all Australian barley growers that China has removed anti-dumping and countervailing duty measures that have been imposed on Australian barley since 2020. However as Australian barley grain can now start flowing into China, there will be disruptions again to international trade flows. There is also a demand steadily rising for Australian feed barley. 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. Grain yield comparisons between wheat, barley and oat varieties are also provided based on site yield potentials.

The spring release of this publication should assist growers with making variety choices for the 2024 season. It is important for growers and consultants to review disease resistance ratings in autumn 2024 to ensure current resistance ratings of varieties are known. The latest NVT data will also be available early in 2024 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 2024 Crop Sowing Guide for Western Australia will be available from DPIRD offices and other agribusiness outlets.

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