SAGIT announces $2.01m in new funding for grain research

The South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) has announced more than $2.01 million in funding for 19 new grain research projects starting in 2022.

Funding was allocated to research projects designed to increase the profitability and sustainability of the grains industry and which align closely to the South Australian Grain Industry Blueprint.

Among the projects is the introduction of a lead agriculture teacher for SA to encourage a new generation to pursue careers in agriculture, and an investment into developing a high-value noodle wheat market for the state.

Other projects are also supporting early career development with internships, a crop competition and student compendium outlining career pathway opportunities.

SAGIT chairman Max Young said collaborations with the Grains Research and Development Corporation also enabled additional research to be supported.

“We are committed to delivering research results for the benefit of all South Australian growers and we want to support the next generation coming through,” he said.

“It’s always difficult when we have more applications than we have funds to allocate, but we think it demonstrates the enthusiasm and passion there is for agricultural research in SA.

“These new projects will provide some excellent outcomes for growers with a combination of highly technical, agronomic, new technology and educational projects.”

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

The successful projects are:

Ag Institute AustraliaStudent Compendium – supporting the next generation, 2023 – 25
AgCommunicatorsLead Agriculture teacher for South Australia – growing curriculum and learning
Agronomy SolutionsSulphur dynamics and budgets in two contrasting soil profiles
AgXtraAgXtra High School and University Crop Competition
AIR EPLower Eyre Peninsula Ag Expo 2022
AIR EPEyre Peninsula internship in applied grains research 2023
AIR EPManaging crown rot on upper EP – a joint learning experience
Australian Export Grains Innovation CentreDeveloping a new high-value noodle market for South Australian growers
Central Ag SystemsOn row sowing benefits on Yorke Peninsula – what are the drivers?
CSIROImproved resilience of soil function through crop management
EldersNitrogen strategies for HRZ wheat in waterlogged soils and denitrification
MacKillop Farm Management GroupReducing wheat yield loss from Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus in the HRZ
SARDIGround truthing wheat and barley flowering time in the Mid North and Mallee using the Mesonet
Trengove ConsultingIndependent benchmarking of harvester weed seed mills
University of AdelaideAgronomy strategies for frost management in pulse crops
University of AdelaideRealising cereal yield potential using crop physiology and drone technology
University of AdelaideRevegetation for enhanced biocontrol of pest conical snails
University of AdelaideHarvest and use of medic pods on-farm
Upper North Farming SystemsProfitability of canola as a break crop in the Upper North


Caption: SAGIT Chair Max Young (second from left), pictured with SAGIT Project Manager Malcolm Buckby (left), Mick Faulkner from the Mid North High Rainfall Zone Group, SAGIT Trustee Ted Langley and SAGIT Scientific Officer Jenny Davidson. The Mid North High Rainfall Zone Group leads the Frost Learning Centre project which was awarded SAGIT funding in 2021, in conjunction with the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

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