SAGIT allocates $2.6m for SA grains research following record number of applications

A record number of applications for funding were received this year by the South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT), with 21 new grains research projects successfully securing a portion of the trust’s $2.6 million investment in 2024.

A wide range of projects have been funded across many disciplines including plant breeding, crop protection, market development such as the development of novel food products from pulses and oats, capacity development and agronomy.

SAGIT chair Dr Andrew Barr said the challenge in reviewing the 64 applications was determining how to best allocate limited resources, but collaboration with co-funding partners helped.

Of the 21 successful projects, three will receive co-investment funds from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), one will receive co-investment funds from the South Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub and another will receive co-investment funds from the Sheep Industry Fund.

“This co-investment model enables SAGIT to broaden its research efforts and enhance the knowledge we deliver on-farm,” he said.

“It is important that research organisations continue to work constructively together to leverage funding which supports a wider range of projects than we would be able to fund on our own.

“SAGIT is pleased to be able to work with GRDC, the South Australian Drought Hub and the Sheep Industry Fund to offer co-funding for some of these projects.

“There were a lot of projects the trustees thought had merit this year, but we weren’t able to fund them all.”

SAGIT also received legacy funding this year from the South Australian No-Till Farming Association, which is in the process of being dissolved, to be used for field crop research to benefit SA growers.

“In light of this, the trustees chose a project that would have matched with SANTFA’s goals. That project will see researchers from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) design a multi-purpose no-till seeder for plot research,” Dr Barr said.

Dr Barr said one particularly novel project with SARDI and NuSeed aims to test genetically modified canola lines with high levels of omega 3 fatty acids on the Eyre Peninsula.

“These lines have the potential to be a sustainable raw material for aquaculture feeds, thus diversifying the market for canola,” he said.

SAGIT is currently funded by a voluntary grower levy of 30 cents per harvested tonne.

The successful projects are:

OrganisationProject title
AgCommunicatorsLead Agriculture Teacher (co-funded with Sheep Industry Fund)
Ag Excellence AllianceAg Excellence Forum 2024
Agronomy SolutionsUnravelling crop yield response to application of organic amendments on different soil types
AgXtraWheat powdery mildew management strategies
Central Ag SolutionsAppropriate fertiliser strategies for on-row lentil sowing in saline soils (co-funded with GRDC)
Global Grain GeneticsLentils for sustainable rotations on low-rainfall highly alkaline calcareous soils
Hart Field-Site GroupRegional Internship in Applied Grains Research (co-funded with SA Drought Hub)
Next Level AgronomyOptimising lentil yields through rotation in transient salinity soils
SARDIOptimisation of Omega 3 canola for the Eyre Peninsula
SARDISpecialised research seeder to advance management of soil biological constraints (funded through SANTFA legacy funding)
SARDIDrought preparedness using barley architecture and phenology for biomass production
SARDIGrains pathology internship
SARDIEyre Peninsula Farming Systems Summary 2024-2026
SARDIConvenient, delicious and nutritious value-added foods from Australian pulses
SARDINovel healthy food products from oats – fermented, spoonable snacks
Trengove ConsultingThe impact of annual ryegrass seed size on harvest weed seed control mill efficacy
Trengove ConsultingMaking the most of phosphorus (P) fertiliser inputs: Managing spatial variability and long-term strategies (co-funded with GRDC)
University of AdelaideMulti-scale monitoring of pests and beneficial insects in canola cropping
University of AdelaideIncreasing pulse yields: focus paddocks to identify & manage soilborne constraints
University of AdelaideAn improved and rapid test to inform sodic soil management
Upper North Farming SystemsStrategies for mitigating frost damage in the Upper North region (co-funded with GRDC)


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