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A snapshot of some of the latest news and seasonal advice from the department for Western Australian farm businesses in the grains sector.

Adequate supplies of good quality stock water are just as important as feed supplies during summer, a period when feed and water quantity and quality are at their lowest in the agricultural areas o

Yield was highest from earlier sown plants; mid-May sown plants yielded only 18% of those sown in mid-April.

Lupins should be harvested as soon as they are mature to minimise significant yield loss.

Pigeon rotavirus was first detected in Western Australia as a result of investigation of a disease outbreak in racing pigeons in May and June 2016.

Western Australia has laws to control chemical use on trade animals. These laws protect people, animals and the environment from harm.

There are two forms of footrot in sheep and goats: virulent and benign. They are caused by infection with different strains of the bacterium, Dichelobacter nodosus.

The following procedure is designed to aid veterinarians when taking histopathology samples for livestock post-mortems.

Portuguese millipedes (Ommatoiulus moreleti) belong to a group of animals called Myriapoda (meaning many-legged), which also includes several native Australian millipedes and centipedes.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has created the following guide to assist vets to collect appropriate samples during livestock disease investigations.

Managing saline dryland (rainfed, not irrigated) can provide many benefits: increased whole-farm productivity, reduced on-farm and off-farm degradation, and protection of landscape and community va

Keeping olive trees well-fed and adequately watered is the best initial defence against pests and diseases, since vigorous trees are better able to withstand attack and less likely to suffer long-t

DDLS - Plant pathology is a service area under the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DDLS).

There has been considerable concern amongst livestock producers regarding recent outbreaks of subterranean clover red leaf syndrome.

Pigeon paramyxovirus type 1 (PPMV1) is a contagious viral disease affecting pigeons. It was first detected in Australia in 2011 and is present in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestimun) is a subtropical perennial grass with spring to autumn growth.

The Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) is suitable for growing bananas.

Tissue culture is the best method for propagating bananas. It ensures they are true to type and free from pests and diseases.

Bananas need a lot of water to grow well. To irrigate the crop efficiently you need to measure soil water content.

Higher banana plant densities are used in the Ord River Irrigation Area than other growing areas to modify canopy microclimates.

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