Climate, land & water

Western Australia’s agriculture sector needs access to productive soil and water resources for growth and profit. However, the sector must compete with increasing resource demands from all sectors of the community, and the pressures of a changing climate. The Agriculture and Food division of the Department of?Primary Industries and Regional Development?supports agriculture by providing long-term management solutions, practical risk management strategies and tools to maintain and improve resource conditions, to meet the needs of industry and stakeholders.?Agriculture and Food?is also pioneering soil and water investigation of the state’s undeveloped areas to establish new irrigated agricultural industries.

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  • These case studies demonstrate the experience and learning of farmers and other land managers from managing dryland salinity on their own properties we and they believe that what they have learnt i

  • The Grainbelt Digital Enhancement Program (GDEP) is an initiative from the?$22 million Agricultural Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund.?

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) plays a major role in addressing the impact of frost on WA growers through a combination of on-farm research and development ac

  • Frost is difficult to manage. It has a significant economic and emotional impact on the whole community.

  • Frost occurs on clear nights in early spring when the air temperature drops to 2°C or less.

  • Spring frosts occasionally cause drastic reductions in crop yields in localised parts of the Western Australian wheatbelt.

  • Frost risk occurs virtually every year across southern and eastern agricultural regions. Actual occurrence of frost is determined by location and landscape factors as well as climate.

  • The department is a key partner in the Grains Research and Development Corporations' (GRDC) National Frost Initiative (NFI) which aims to provide the Australian grains industry with targeted resear

  • Groundwater in the Western Australian grainbelt is a useful resource for on-farm water. However, in this environment it is often saline and unsuitable for livestock or other on-farm uses.

  • Pumping of groundwater and disposal of saline effluent (brine) from desalination is covered by regulations requiring owners or occupiers to notify the Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservation bef

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