Project Lead Organisation/Researcher: Ag Excellence Alliance
Project Durations: 2023-2025
Project Locations: CWFS The Fettell Centre
Dry and early sowing of cereal crops is a practice commonly employed across southern Australian cropping regions to combat the increasingly erratic and delayed opening season rainfall. Whilst there has been a large amount of research and development undertaken on dry and early sowing, significant opportunities remain to engage growers in the adoption of strategic management approaches that best suit local grower needs, management preferences and local climatic and environmental conditions.
The desire to improve education surrounding dry sowing has seen the conception of the ‘De-risking the seeding program’ project. CWFS will be one of 15 farming system groups involved with the project, which is supported by Ag Excellence Alliance, through funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund. The aim of this project is to deliver a program that accelerates the adoption of strategic dry and early sowing crop management strategies.
This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – Future Drought Fund, led by Ag Excellence Alliance, in partnership with the following groups – Agriculture Innovation and Research Eyre Peninsula, Upper North Farming Systems, Northern Sustainable Soils, Murray Plains Farmers, Hart Field Site Group, Mallee Sustainable Farming, Birchip Cropping Group, Farmlink, Riverine Plains, Southern Growers, Central West Farming Systems, Irrigation Farmers Network, Facey Group, Corrigin Farm Improvement Group, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), South Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub, Victorian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub, Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub, Southwest WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub.