SAGIT announces $2.9m in new funding for grain research

Strong grain production has seen an increase in the amount of funding available for grains research in SA, with the South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) this week announcing it will invest almost $3 million in 28 new grains research projects starting in 2023.

In addition, a further four projects are expected to receive co-investment funds from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and another four projects will receive co-investment funds from the South Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub.

SAGIT chair Max Young said the collaborative approach enabled researchers to further expand their projects and provide greater outcomes for SA’s grain growers.

“With additional investment support from GRDC and the SA Drought Hub, we can broaden our research efforts and enhance the new knowledge we deliver on-farm.

“This co-investment model also supports the research community through the injection of additional funds and reduces the risk of research duplication between our organisations.”

SA Drought Hub Director Dr Stephen Lee said partnering with SAGIT feeds directly into the hub’s work to strengthen the drought resilience and preparedness of farms and regional communities.

“Bringing together a wide range of people to develop mutually beneficial solutions is a key focus for the hub,” Dr Lee said.

“Teaming up with SAGIT helps us broaden and strengthen our network even further, with the internship program offering a prime example of this.

“We have also seen strong interest in ways to optimise crop establishment in dry soils and the new SAGIT projects will deliver valuable outcomes for growers in this area.”

Among the projects are several focused on maintaining the state’s excellent market access, for example: improving industry’s response to white grain disorder and fusarium head blight outbreaks while protecting export markets; minimising market access risks in herbicide tolerant pulses; preparing for a pulse protein market; and the appointment of a research officer to look at vetch production, agronomy, breeding and market development.

There is also a continuation of funding into the Frost Learning Centre in the state’s mid-north, and the successful internship programs run through the Hart Field-Site Group and AIR EP.

“We have seen the enormous value of these grains internship programs, and we are committed to supporting the next generation of advisers and researchers,” Mr Young said.

“Investing in the people who will take the industry forward is just as important to the resilience of grain growing as investing in more resilient practices.

“There is clearly a wealth of passion and enthusiasm for agricultural research in SA, and these new projects will help translate that commitment into long-term agronomic, technological and educational benefits for growers.”

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

The successful projects are:

Ag Excellence AlliancePublication of the 2024 Farm Gross Margin Guide for SA
Agricultural Consulting and Research Pty LtdAre crop yields limited by iron deficiency on calcareous soils of the Yorke Peninsula
Agrilink Agricultural ConsultantsEvaluation of agronomic practices for SHO safflower production
Agronomy SolutionsSoil salinity thresholds for chickpeas, faba beans and lentils
AgXtraPowdery mildew control in wheat – extension project
AgXtraGenetic and fungicidal control of septoria tritici blotch and stripe rust in wheat
AIR EPEyre Peninsula internship in applied grains research 2024
Hart Field Site GroupRegional internship in applied grains research
Hart Field Site GroupImproving efficacy of glufosinate for annual ryegrass control in canola
Mallee Sustainable FarmingEnhancing farmer knowledge of soil function to improve management outcomes
MacKillop Farm Management GroupMacKillop Farm Management Group Annual Trial Results Book 2023 – 2025
Mid North High Rainfall ZoneFrost Research and Learning Centre
SARDISA Crop Variety Sowing Guide publication
SARDIProfitable vetch – agronomy, breeding and market development
Trengove ConsultingUsing grain protein maps to optimise nitrogen fertiliser to paddock scale nitrogen variability
University of Adelaide / SARDIColour preservation in faba beans to enhance quality and value
University of Adelaide / SARDIPairing pulses for improved yield, protein, agronomy, and profit
University of AdelaideDeveloping new breeding material to stabilise barley yields
University of AdelaideHigher barley yield through improved microbial interactions
University of AdelaideScreening for genetic components of head-retention in barley
University of Adelaide / SARDIPreparing for a pulse protein market – pulse options for expansion areas
University of AdelaideOptimising crop establishment under dry and marginal soil moisture
University of AdelaideDelivery of beneficial organisms through seed coating to improve grain yield
University of Adelaide / SARDIProcessing solutions for a novel high-protein food ingredient from vetch
University of Adelaide / SARDIMinimising market access risks in herbicide tolerant pulses
University of Adelaide / SARDIImproving industry response to white grain disorder and fusarium head blight outbreaks while protecting export markets.
University of Adelaide / SARDIManipulating spike architecture to improve wheat yield
University of SAPesticide effects on soil microbial functions in contrasting SA soils


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