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

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An opportunistic weed time of removal trial was implemented in Jerramungup following 66mm in February 2017. Trial results were not significant, however there was a relationship between earlier time of weed removal and higher yield.

Yield of chickpea crop-topped at the right time to control weed seed set was 59% of the unsprayed control.

Seed weight of chickpea crop-topped at the right time to control weed seed set was 86% of the unsprayed control.

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

Yield loss of lupin was 6% from delaying harvest by two weeks after maturity and 15% by delaying by six weeks.

Applications are now open for the Potato Industry Assistance Grants program to support growth opportunities for the Western Australian potato industry.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 - 8:15am to 3:30pm

eConnected Grainbelt project is running a grower group forum on developments in farm data and technology.


Brown spot is a fungal disease caused by Nothophoma quercina. It affects jujubes in Western Australia and has been reported in olives, pistachios and Chinese quince in other countries.

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) describes Australia’s system for the identification and tracing of livestock. NLIS has been operational for cattle, sheep and goats for some years and, from 1 February 2018, will also apply to pigs.

Seasonal Climate Outlook November 2017

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s (DPIRD) Statistical Seasonal Forecast (SSF) system is indicating neutral chance (40-60%) of exceeding median rainfall for November 2017 to January 2018 for most of the South West Land Division which includes the Wheatbelt.


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