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In 2020 the Department is conducting over 300 Grains Research trials across the state from Kununurra in the north to Esperance in the south.
The State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (SABC) has played a pivotal role in transforming plant breeding for the Western Australian grains industry over the past 25 years.
Lupins should be harvested as soon as they are mature to minimise significant yield loss.
40% lower germination was measured from seed of plants exposed to wetting and drying at maturity.
Advances in the performance of future lupin varieties are set to take a significant leap forward, with the development of two new molecular maps to aid plant breeding.
Aphids reduce yields by direct feeding damage which causes flower and pod abortion and occassionally plant death in lupins.
The extent of damage varies between seasons, but losses can be severe in years that favour aphid population development.
Information is provided here to assist management of diseases and viruses that occur in broadacre crops grown in Western Australia - cereals (wheat, barley, oats and triticale), pulses (field pea,
Wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) is highly competitive in crops and can cause a yield loss of 10-90%.
The Western Australian grain industry is a major contributor to the agrifood sector and the Australian economy.