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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.

Publication Date

9-2011

Series Number

4827

Publisher

Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

City

Perth

Keywords

Climate, Rainfall, Sheep, Grazing, Pastures

Disciplines

Agriculture | Animal Sciences

Changing climate, changing business practices : lessons from innovative growers

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