It has traditionally been more profitable to grow sheep for wool in the medium rainfall parts of the south-west of Western Australia than to grow crops . Crop production has been difficult owing to the hilly terrain, the frequency of waterlogging, the high incidence of damaging frosts in some areas, the frequency of losses from diseases, difficulties with wet weather at harvest, and a lack of adapted crop varieties.
Advances over the past decade have made cropping on a limited scale potentially profitable in the woo/belt.
This article is intended to bring the various options for crop production to the attention of wool growers. Further detailed information will be required for successful production and is available from your local office of the Department of Agriculture.
Anderson, Wal; Gilmour, Ross; McLean, Robyn; Nelson, Peter; Siddique, K H.M; Carmody, Paul; and Prtichard, Ian
"Crops in the woolbelt : current options and emerging prospects,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 35
, Article 8.
Available at: http://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol35/iss1/8