Postharvest

From broad scale dryland cropping systems to intensive irrigated production the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development works with industry and business to ensure market access locally, interstate and internationally for Western Australian produce.

Handling and storage postharvest is vital to maintaining quality of produce. The department provides information on optimal conditions for storage, including chilling and pest management as well as information on biosecurity in relation to export commodities.

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  • The Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS) provides advisory and identification services on animal and plant pests, weeds and diseases that impact Western Australia's agriculture and food ind

  • For bananas on the Ord River Irrigation Area, length of time to emergence and harvesting depend on air temperature, planting time and sucker management.

  • The aim of having minimum standards of maturity is to ensure consumer satisfaction and encourage repeat sales.

  • 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.

  • DDLS Seed Testing and Certification offers a wide range of tests to assess the quality of your seed.

  • Some time ago several Western Australian farmers have stored grain underground with minimal deterioration for up to 11 years.

  • Grain stored on farms for seed or livestock feed is an important investment. Protecting the grain from insect attack can be regarded as an exercise in income protection.

  • The field establishment of grain crops is the percentage of the sown seed that goes on to produce established plants. At sowing, management and environment are the key issues.

  • There are many aspects to consider when seeding grain crops at the break of the season.

  • Carrots are susceptible to a number of postharvest diseases and disorders, many of which can be controlled by good management in the field and in storage.

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