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.

SAGIT chairman Michael Treloar said the trust had been excited by the quality and quantity of applications.

“These new projects will provide some excellent outcomes for growers with a real mix of extension, communication and scientific projects,” he said.

“As a grower-funded organisation, we are always mindful of selecting projects that will deliver tangible results to growers and we believe the selection this year will do that.

“It was surprising the amount of applications we received however it was also great to have the ability to choose those which best suit the needs of South Australian growers.”

In addition, SAGIT has this year allocated funding to grower groups who are members of the Ag Excellence Alliance to cover costs associated with hosting guest speakers. The first round of funding in the Small Grants Program has been allocated, with a second round open for applications until Thursday, June 30, 2016.

“These smaller grants are capped at $3000 per organisation and are designed to cover travel, accommodation and speaker fees, which can add up quickly when you’re a small organisation,” Mr Treloar said.

“We want to ensure growers across the state have access to a broad range of national and international expertise in growing the best crops they can so it is vital we support the grower groups in bringing these experts to SA.”

Successful projects included:

  • Adelaide University – Identification of sodicity tolerant oat varieties
  • Adelaide University – Novel genes for improved P efficiency and yield in barley
  • Adelaide University – New field-based tools to rapidly assess crop nitrogen and stress status
  • Agbyte – Hi-Tech crop monitoring stations
  • AgCommunicators – Seed to Store YouTube clip competition
  • Ag Institute Australia – Support for workshop on data presentation and interpretation
  • Agriculture Kangaroo Island – Improving nitrogen use efficiency via legumes in high rainfall cropping
  • Agronomy Solutions – Efficiency of various fertilizer N products on sandy soil types
  • Agronomy Solutions – Time of sowing influence on phosphorus requirements and soil testing
  • EPARF – Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems Summary 2016-2018
  • Hart Field-Site Group – Long-term cropping systems trial: Effect on soil biology and nitrogen mineralisation
  • PIRSA – Silverleaf nightshade – long-term management effects of annual herbicide applications
  • Rural Solutions – Publication of the 2017 Farm Gross Margin Guide for SA
  • Society of Precision Agriculture Australia – Sharing knowledge of agricultural innovations: Precision Ag EXPOs and Symposiums
  • SARDI – Grain research internships
  • Southern Australia Durum Growers Association – Agronomic evaluation of durums for crown rot resistance
  • SARDI – Burning of weed seeds in low rainfall farming systems
  • SARDI – Optimising legume inoculation for dry sowing
  • SARDI – Improving weed control in new herbicide tolerant lentils
  • SARDI – Using soil water information to make better decisions on Eyre Peninsula
  • Trengove Consulting – Increasing lentil productivity on dune and swale soils
  • Upper North Farming Systems Group – Upper North time of sowing and yield loss from frost/heat stress

The SAGIT Small Grants Program projects include:

  • Ag Excellence Alliance – Guest speaker for Ag Excellence Alliance annual dinner Neville Crook from agriculture robotics company Swarm Farm
  • Agriculture Kangaroo Island – WA consultant Wayne Smith to attend cropping field day on Kangaroo Island
  • EPARF – Sandy soil specialist Dr Steve Davies from DAFWA to present at an EPARF sandy soils workshop
  • Upper North Farming Systems Group – for field day and presentations by several speakers on sub-soil constraints, crop nutrition and rotations
  • Upper North Farming Systems Group – to host five-part workshops on precision agriculture, marketing and agronomy for women in the Upper North region


For interviews, contact Michael Treloar, SAGIT chairman, 0427 765 034.

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