THE South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) has allocated $1.81 million in funding towards 25 research projects in 2018.

The trust received 36 applications for funding this year, with successful projects ranging from crop root health, the use of drones, salt tolerance in bread wheats and nutrients in lentils and chickpeas.

SAGIT chair Michael Treloar said applications were of a high quality which created challenging decisions for the trust, which is funded by a grower levy of 30 cents per tonne produced.

“We were really thrilled with the quality and diversity of the applications,” Mr Treloar said.

“We spend quite a bit of time going through them and it is a hard decision, however we only have so many funds.

“Our role is to make sure we invest the funds to give growers the best value for money.”

Mr Treloar said there were a number of exciting projects which would hopefully provide good outcomes for growers in the future.

“There’s been an increased interest in lentils in the past few years so the project regarding growing lentils in low rainfall areas is something new,” he said.

“The UniSA research regarding the effects of pesticides in soils is also a new area which will provide growers with important information about the effect chemicals have on soils.”

SAGIT has also boosted its funding for grower groups, allocating $20,000 to six funding applications which will help attract key speakers.  Another round of funding for grower groups will be announced in July.

The successful research projects are:

AgCommunicatorsMore than Gumboots and Tractors
Agronomy SolutionsEconomics of high phosphorus rates on pulses
Australasian Plant Pathology Association10th Australasian Soilborne Disease Symposium
CSIRO Agriculture & FoodImproved capture of native soil nitrogen and urea fertiliser in wheat
Elders Rural ServicesSA high-rainfall zone canola variable rate nitrogen prescription project
Global Grain GeneticsRapid development of innovative lentils for low rainfall regions
Mallee Sustainable Farming Investigating frost susceptibility in Clearfield varieties treated with imidazoline herbicide
Mallee Sustainable Farming Identifying nutrient requirements of lentils & chickpeas grown in Mallee sands
MacKillop Farm Management Group IncImproved soil water decisions across the South East cropping region
Murray Plains FarmersProfitable pulses for the Murray Plains
Rural SolutionsPublication of the 2019 Farm Gross Margin Guide for SA
SARDIBenchmarking yield potential of barley in higher rainfall zones
SARDIMaking science useful for agriculture
SARDIDrivers of flowering time in durum
SARDIFurther development of crown rot resistance in durums
SARDIGrower crop root health workshops
SARDIEstablishing current levels of salt tolerance in Australian bread wheats
SARDISurvey potential emerging pulse root diseases
SARDIImproved crop nutrition for disease management and reduced fungicide dependency
Society of Precision Agriculture AustraliaConversations with farmers agricultural practice change with the PA early adopters
University of AdelaidePhenotypic evaluation of a wheat RIL population for salinity tolerance
University of AdelaideDevelopment of wheat population using speed breeding for salinity tolerance
University of AdelaideHerbicide residue effects on soil microbial communities in alkaline soils
University of AdelaideInvestigating the accuracy of plant traits measured using drones
University of South Australia Comparative effects of agricultural pesticides on SA soil microbial functions

The successful grower groups are:

Ag Excellence Alliance2018 Ag Excellence Awards & Forum
EP Agricultural Research FoundationAdjuvants information workshops
Mackillop Farm Management Group IncOn farm optimisation of oat grain production & marketing
Upper North Farming SystemsSmarter Farmers, Smarter Farms. Upskilling the women of the UN to be future ready sustainable more productive farmers
Agriculture Kangaroo IslandPlot sprayer for research on Kangaroo Island
Mackillop Farm Management Group IncMackillop Farm Management Group Annual Trial Results Book 2018



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