Irrigated crops

In areas such as the Ord River Irrigation Area in northern Western Australia, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is working with industry in trialling new varieties and agronomic systems for both existing and potentially valuable new crops.

The main crops of current interest include the health food quinoa, rice which is showing considerable potential if disease and variety problems can be overcome, sugar cane which will be the basis of new developments on Ord Stage 2, and cotton which is based on genetically-modified varieties.


  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is planning for the future of irrigated agriculture development in the Pilbara

  • The movement of plants and?plants products to and from certain areas within Western Australia may be?restricted.?Conditions need to be met to prevent the risk of introduction of pests to agricultur

  • Congratulations to the following applicants who were?awarded grants from the Industrial Hemp Grant Scheme (IHGS).

  • The fall armyworm moth (Spodoptera frugiperda) is a plant pest that can damage a wide variety of crops.

  • Summer weeds can rob subsequent crops of soil nitrogen and stored soil water. They can also reduce crop emergence by causing physical and/or chemical interfence at seeding time.

  • Climate change will affect horticultural production in Western Australia (WA) in a number of ways, and the effects will depend on location, soil type, crop type?and management.

  • This page contains information on commercial and experimental plantings of genetically modified (GM) crops carried out in the past and present in Western Australia.

  • Industrial hemp?(Cannabis sativa) has been grown in WA for many years and is gaining interest?due to recent changes in food standards allowing human consumption of hemp seed in Australia.

  • Tropical agriculture on the Ord River in Western Australia's?Kimberley region began in 1941.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development acts as the Registrar for the Industrial Hemp Act 2004 in Western Australia.


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