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Climate change and increasing seasonal variability are challenging the production efforts of growers in lower rainfall environments of the Western Australian grain belt. Significantly less rainfall than the long-term average has fallen across southwest Western Australia during the past 30 years.
Seasonal rainfall has also become more variable with later starts to the growing season and a general shift to more summer and less winter rainfall. Day and night-time temperatures, particularly in winter and autumn, have gradually increased, while in some areas, the risk of frost in spring has increased.
Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
Climate, Rainfall, Sheep, Grazing, Pastures
Agriculture | Animal Sciences
Gray, D, Baxter, N, Fairbanks, M, and Pasqual, G. (2011), Changing climate, changing business practices : lessons from innovative growers. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia. Bulletin 4827, 20p.