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THE South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) has awarded almost $2 million towards 18 research projects in its 2019 funding program.

The successful projects – which were chosen from a pool of more than 35 applicants – include diverse topics ranging from improving on-farm grain storage, to investigating head-loss in barley, to a wheat production competition for high school students.

SAGIT chairman Max Young said the trust was impressed with the range and variety of applications submitted this year.

“I would like thank all applicants and congratulate those projects that were successful,” he said.

“The applications were impressive and diverse in both ideas and regional impact.”

Mr Young said it was imperative the trust – which is funded by a voluntary grower levy of 30 cents per tonne – continues to support industry research even in the wake of tough seasonal conditions.

“Although SAGIT levies collected from the 2018/19 harvest will be down due to the poor season, the trustees decided to dip into reserves to fund as many projects as possible,” Mr Young said.

“It is important that as growers we continue to fund research and we hope that this round of funding will continue to improve our knowledge and add value to our farming systems.”

Included within the total $1.97 million in project funding, $32,000 has also been allocated towards industry-related travel and grower groups.

The successful research projects are:

Agronomy Solutions Optimising P nutrition in pulses to maximise N fixation and yield
AgXtra Promoting secondary and tertiary student engagement in crop production
CSIRO Soil water and temperature thresholds for early wheat establishment
Hart Field-Site Group Long-term cropping systems trial
Mallee Sustainable Farming Deep ripping to enhance production on Mallee sandy soils
Rural Solutions Publication of the 2020 Farm Gross Margin Guide for SA
SANTFA Seed priming to improve South Australian crop germination
SARDI Agronomic and quality analysis of high protein malt barley in SA
SARDI Improving the early management of dry sown cereal crops
SARDI Improving productivity of oats
Soil Science Aust (SA) National Soil Judging Competition
Trengove Consulting Improved Phosphorus prescription maps – beyond replacement P
Trengove Consulting Increasing reliability of lentil production on sandy soils
University of Adelaide Development of a probe for continuous measurement of soil nitrate
University of Adelaide Saline field evaluation of a wheat population identifying novel salinity tolerance
University of Adelaide Revealing the basis for head-loss in barley
University of Adelaide Novel plant growth-promoting bacteria from Australian Soil Biodiversity: Evaluation, Understanding and Application
University of South Australia Strategies to enhance the value of on-farm grain storage in South Australia
Upper North Farming Systems Upper North barley time of sowing; frost / heat stress effects

Successful grower groups:

MacKillop Farm Management Group MacKillop Farm Management Group Annual Trial Results Book
SPAA Supporting premier PA events: Precision Ag Expos and Symposiums
Ag Excellence Alliance Annual Conference

Successful travel projects:

University of South Australia Strategies to enhance the value of on-farm grain storage in South Australia
CSIRO Rhizosphere 5 International conference Canada

ENDS

For interviews contact Bridget Penna, AgCommunicators, 0429 676 413

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