Applications open for grain research projects and grower group funding

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Applications are open for the South Australian Grain Industry Trust’s 2017 round of funding, with grower groups invited to apply for specific funding designed to help attract guest speakers to regional events. Chairman Michael Treloar said following feedback from farming systems and grower groups, the Trust had introduced a separate allocation of funding, in addition to its regular research and development stream.

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Biological control option to be investigated for problem weed

Front view of the adult beetle being studied for control of silverleaf nightshade.

A beetle which has significantly reduced problem weed silverleaf nightshade in South Africa has recently arrived in Australia and will now be studied for release under a nationally-funded research program. SAGIT Chairman Michael Treloar said the research project is an exciting opportunity to work with the South Australian government in finding a long term solution to combat the noxious weed.

Front view of the adult beetle being studied for control of silverleaf nightshade.

Caroline Rhodes new Group B Trustee

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Experienced agribusiness professional Caroline Rhodes has been appointed to the position of Group B Trustee with the South Australian Grain Industry Trust. Ms Rhodes has specialised in stakeholder management and regulatory affairs during her 16-year career in agribusiness. She has held senior positions in both the corporate and government sectors, and spent six years working for State and Federal farmer representative bodies in Australia.

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SAGIT to fund $2.3 million of new grain research projects in 2016

150716-BP-Sean Mason's trial site at Pinery examining phosphorus use efficiency of different wheat and barley varieties

The South Australian Grain Industry Trust will this year fund 22 research projects including in topics including crop nutrition, soil health, herbicide use and improving weed control with a total value of $2.3 million. Now in its 25th year, applications to SAGIT continue to grow, with the trustees sorting through more than 45 applications for funding at a total cost of more than $5.5 million.

150716-BP-Sean Mason's trial site at Pinery examining phosphorus use efficiency of different wheat and barley varieties

Bordertown grower to fill SAGIT trustee vacancy (GPSA)

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Bordertown grower Edward ‘Ted’ Langley has been appointed as the newest trustee of the South Australian Grain Industry Trust. Mr Langley runs his family property at Bordertown with his brother Bill, growing beans, canola and wheat in a zero-till, CTF system, in conjunction with a sheep flock managed to produce mostly prime lamb and wool.

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New interns bridging the research gap

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Finishing university and not quite knowing what to do next is a common challenge. But for at least two University of Adelaide Bachelor of Agricultural Science students, their next year will provide an insight into the careers available in applied agricultural research. Rochelle Wheaton and Jamie Fortune are Hart Field Site Group and SARDI’s latest intern recruits.

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