Southern Irrigated Cereal and Canola Achieving Target Yields: Project Summary June 2016
This press release was produced by the NSW Department of Primary Industries
A new three year $1.2 million project co-funded by GRDC and NSW Department of Primary Industries is responding to the southern irrigation region’s needs. Recent industry research identified significant potential for increased production and profitability of irrigated cereal and canola. It is estimated that if current yields increased to best trial levels, the farm gate value of cereals and canola almost doubles to $347 million.
These traditionally dryland crops have a sound fit in southern irrigated rotations as an alternative option to rice when water allocations are low, and provide the additional benefits of being a break crop for weed, disease and pest management. Cut backs in water allocations have created urgency for irrigated industries to grow ‘more crop per drop’.
The Southern Irrigated Cereal and Canola Achieving Target Yields project is aiming to increase irrigated cereal and canola production in the GRDC southern region by:
The project will be conducted over six nodes (locations) in the southern GRDC region. The three core research sites are Murrumbidgee (Yanco Agricultural Institute), Murray Valley (Rice Research Australia Pty Ltd, Jerilderie) and North West Victoria (Kerang). The three satellite research locations are Lachlan, South East South Australia and Tasmania. The project area covers five agro-ecological zones being NSW Central, NSW Vic Slopes, SA Vic Mallee, SA Vic Bordertown Wimmera and TAS Grain.
‘As an irrigator, the value of the ‘three tools for growers’ will be invaluable in our winter cropping enterprises. Winter cropping was a very poor cousin to summer cropping in our farming system even ten years ago, however now we depend on this vital part of our income stream. It takes advantage of residual moisture left in the profile from our summer crop, and also our winter dominant rainfall.
There are so many questions that this project will provide answers for in terms of water and nutrient efficiency as well as improved varietal choice.
IREC are delighted to be involved in the extension of this project to our irrigators over the next three years and beyond.’
The project is co-funded by GRDC and NSW Department of Primary Industries. It also involves several subcontractors who will manage the satellite research nodes.
IREC has an important role in the project as the extension and communication conduit to irrigated growers and will receive funds to assist with these processes.
The NSW DPI project team includes Deb Slinger, Manager Southern Cropping Systems; Luke Gaynor, Leader Southern Cropping Systems; Tony Napier, Research & Development Agronomist (Irrigated); Cynthia Podmore, Project Officer; and Neroli Graham, Research Officer.
For more information, contact Tony Napier on 0427 201 839.