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.
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 February.
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.
Rhizoctonia fungicide responses have been investigated in two South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) funded projects in the South Australian Mallee, finding that applying fungicide to control rhizoctonia root rot increased barley yield by 0.3 tonnes per hectare at Wilkawatt in 2015 even though growing season rainfall was only 114mm.