SAGIT-Twitter-2020 project funding

A total of 17 new projects will receive funding from the South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) in 2020.

SAGIT has committed more than $1.8 million towards the projects, which will help improve the resilience and productivity of South Australia’s grain industry.

Programs set to benefit from SAGIT funding include tests of a pre-emptive fire retardant spray, speed breeding of new bread wheat lines for increased yields, grain industry internships in regional South Australia, a study of pulse root fungicide treatments and field trials to improve canola yields.

SAGIT chairman Max Young said that with 2019 another variable season across the state, SAGIT funding was again expected to be lower than average. SAGIT is funded by a voluntary grower levy of 30 cents per tonne.

“As per last year, we have dipped into reserves to allow good projects to be funded during these leaner times,” he said.

“It is during these years we need to continue to fund good research and improve outcomes for SA growers.”

The successful projects are:

Australian Controlled Traffic Farming Association – 2020 National Controlled Traffic Farming Conference, Adelaide
EPAG Research (on behalf of LEADA) – Taking South Australian canola profitability to the next level
EPAG Research (on behalf of EPARF) – Eyre Peninsula internship in applied grains research
Hart Field-Site Group – Regional internship in applied grains research
Longreach Plant Breeders – Evaluation of dual purpose awnless wheat varieties for frost management
MacKillop Farm Management Group – MacKillop Farm Management Group Annual Trial Results Book 2020-2022
Mallee Sustainable Farming – WA frost/ low rainfall farming speaker for SA spring field days
Rural Solutions – Publication of the 2021 Farm Gross Management Guide for SA
SARDI – SA Crop Variety Sowing Guide publication
SANTFA – Pre-emptive flame retardant as a new tool for SA Grain Growers
SANTFA – SANTFA Conference 2021 – 2023
Trengove Consulting – Management of fungicide resistant wheat powdery mildew
SARDI / University of Adelaide – Quantifying pulse root disease yield loss in SA
SARDI / University of Adelaide – Revealing invertebrate species and conditions causing seedling damage in field settings
University of Adelaide – Enhancing grain production and quality traits for bread wheat
University of Adelaide – Development of a dual-purpose common vetch variety for arid South Australia
University of South Australia – Novel bulk grain modelling, for contamination sorting and separation, using computer simulation


Max Young, SAGIT Chair, 0419 839 008
Bridget Penna, AgCommunicators, 0429 676 413

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