SJC - MSF115

Break crops provide profitable options for Mallee farmers

Significant differences between productivity and profitability of break crop options have been highlighted in Mallee Sustainable Farming’s SAGIT-funded project, ‘Adopting profitable crop sequences in the SA Mallee’, with high-value legumes proving their ability to offer farmers considerable benefits for diversity over continuous wheat.

SJC - Zerner

Field-based NIR devices set for key crop role

Use of field-based infrared spectroscopy in crop sensing equipment has the potential to significantly improve efficiencies in identifying plant nitrogen (N) content and water-soluble carbohydrates (WSC) across wheat and barley crops.

SJC - Jacobs Hussein

Frost on the run from awnless wheat varieties

Development of double-haploid breeding populations to fast track production of dual-purpose awnless wheat for frost-prone areas of South Australia has the potential to drastically cut losses – estimated to cost growers about $33 million a year – and give them more profitable options for grain and hay production.

Grains research intern Danielle Allen

Internship start of grains career for Danielle

With the grains industry suffering a skills shortage, a SAGIT-funded internship is encouraging graduates to take up a career in the agriculture sector. Grains research intern Danielle Allen says she wants a career in grains research when her internship at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) finishes in…

Researcher Amanda Cook at the Minnipa Agricultural Centre site

Aerial surveys target weed seed densities

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology is being utilized as part of a three-year trial funded by SAGIT to effectively identify barley grass densities in cereal crops on Upper Eyre Peninsula.

SJC - Weed Seeds

Trials turn up the heat on weed seeds

A project to determine optimum temperatures for killing weed seeds when burning narrow windrows in low-rainfall systems aims to provide farmers with more accurate data for the non-herbicide control strategy as resistance builds to herbicides.

SJC - Paul Telfer

Find ‘minimum risk window’ against stress

Controlled environment evaluation of barley germplasm in conjunction with field trials in varying climates across South Australia have validated previous research into heat stress affecting wheat and that high temperatures are “very important” for driving grain yield during anthesis and grain filling.