Warialda’s economic base is dominated by agriculture and the service facilities attached to that sector. Agriculture is the most significant contributor to the gross regional product, and in Warialda comprises summer and winter crops listed adjacent, and growing stock, mainly beef cattle and sheep for wool and meat.Currently there is a small trend to diversify into other areas such as aquaculture, olives, dry cotton, lupins and oil seeds encompassing sunflower and linseed. With a good quality and availability of groundwater in some areas, the land in the Warialda district is of high quality overall, with parts of the area well known for its rich, black, fertile soils. The reliance on agriculture means that the area is dependent on good seasons and droughts can have a flow-on effect on all the communities.
Crops of the District
Approximate times of sowing and harvest
- Lucerne planted year round and harvested spring/summer.
- Oats planted in March and harvested spring.
- Faba Beans planted April to May and harvested spring
- Canola planted May/June and harvested spring
- Lupins planted May and harvested spring
- Linseed planted May and harvested spring
- Wheat planted May to June and harvested spring
- Barley planted May to June and harvested spring
- Chickpeas planted May to June and harvested spring
- Triticale planted June and harvested spring
- Safflower planted June to July and harvested summer
- Olives harvested autumn
- Sunflowers planted September, and harvested summer/autumn
- Maize planted September and harvested summer/autumn
- Sorghum planted in spring and harvested summer/autumn
- Cotton planted October and harvested autumn/winter
- Mung Beans planted Nov to Dec, harvested summer/autumn
- Soybeans planted December and harvested autumn
- Cowpeas planted December and harvested autumn