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Excavated tanks (farm dams) provide effective water storage wherever surface water run-off can be harvested for livestock, crop spraying, irrigation and domestic use on rural properties.

Many new orange varieties have become available in recent years including an early maturing navel and a range of blood oranges.

High priority invasive species are defined in the Invasive Species Plan for Western Australia as high risk species that can establish widely, and if so cause the most undesirable impact.

PestFax is an interactive reporting service, providing risk alerts, current information and advice on pests and diseases threatening crops and pastures throughout the grain belt of Western Australi

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There is a general perception that pre-fermentative cold maceration or ‘cold soak’ improves colour, enhances fruit characters and provides complexity to red wines.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is working in the La Grange – West Canning Basin Water For Food project.

Private and public food laboratories conduct food testing. This page lists the laboratories known to us, and likely to be able to assist you when required.

Slugs and slaters are among the most important pests of truffles. When abundant, they cause significant damage to truffles.

Queensland fruit fly is not present in Western Australia, but is occasionally detected and requires an eradication response to contain and prevent further spread.

Galium tricornutum is a declared pest in Western Australia. Report the presence of this organism before undertaking a control measure.

Skeleton weed (Chondrilla juncea) is a declared pest in Western Australia (WA) under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007. The management and control of this pest is the res

Three-horned bedstraw, bedstraw, rough bedstraw, rough fruit corn bedstraw, corn cleavers (Galium tricornutum) is a declared pest in Western Australia (WA).

Report of the achievements, performance and budget details of the 2017-2018 bedstraw eradication program.

This assessment provides information on the hydraulic properties of the palaeochannel and aquifers to the north of the Weaber Plain, and the yields that could be expected from pumping from these aq

Raised beds are a long-term option for waterlogged sites and increasing crop yield on target areas. We recommend that raised beds are part of a whole-farm water and salinity management program.

Wind and water erosion risk is increased after fire removes groundcover and some seed reserves.

Hay that contains annual ryegrass may cause annual ryegrass toxicity (ARGT). Hay can be tested for ARGT risk. The test provides a risk rating for toxicity.

Surface water management is needed wherever water erosion is a risk and where water movement control or water harvesting is required.

Agriculture is an integral component of the economic, social and cultural landscape in the Swan Valley.



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