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.

SJC - Faba beans

Research finds in favour of new varieties

The clearest outcome from a project examining field on seed mould and in-crop activities affecting faba bean production in South Australia is overwhelmingly in favour of growers planting newer PBA varieties “sooner than later”, according to SARDI researcher Dr Rohan Kimber.

SJC - Cousins Noack

Simple guide to achieve better spray coverage

SIGNIFICANT improvements for spray coverage in stubble retention systems can be achieved by following basic principles of measurement, stubble management and spray manipulation, according to an interim Hart Field Day Site project report.

SJC - Seed Terminator

Terminating South Australian weeds

A new SAGIT-funded project is giving a local perspective to the national problem of weed management for SA growers by evaluating and optimising settings for a new weed seed control technology.

Dr Alan McKay inspects root systems affected by Rhizoctonia.

Positive response to Rhizoctonia fungicide in barley

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.

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