Crop research helps address global issues

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The department is helping to address global issues with its research into frost damage in crops.
Frost Management Guide

The Frost Identification Guide for Cereals, Canola and Pulses has proved to be internationally relevant and has received several requests from the United States, South Africa and South America in the past few years.

The most recent request came from Paraguay for a Spanish translation of the guide to help farmers who, in the past few weeks, have seen 40 per cent of their winter crops hit by frost damage.

Here in WA, local grain growers are being reminded to check for signs of frost damage following minimum temperatures of between 0 to -3 degrees Celsius being recorded in recent weeks.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is the only agency consistently working in this field and released the first guide in 1998.

The Frost Identification Guide for Cereals, Canola and Pulses (English) is available online.

 

Image caption: Imma Farre and Grains Research Development and Innovation Officer Dr Ben Biddulph from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Page reviewed 7 September 2021