SAGIT … SA grain growers funding research solutions
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

SAGIT announces $1.8m funding towards new research projects

THE South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) has allocated $1.81 million in funding towards 25 research projects in 2018.
The trust received 36 applications for funding this year, with successful projects ranging from crop root health, the use of drones, salt tolerance in bread wheats and nutrients in lentils and chickpeas.
SAGIT chair Michael Treloar said applications were of a high quality which created challenging decisions for the trust, which is funded by a grower levy of 30 cents per tonne produced.
“We were really thrilled with the quality and diversity of the applications,” Mr Treloar said.
“We spend quite a bit of time going through them and it is a hard decision, however we only have so many funds.
“Our role is to make sure we invest the funds to give growers the best value for money.”
Mr Treloar said there were a number of exciting projects which would hopefully provide good outcomes for growers in the future.
“There’s been an increased interest in lentils in the past few years so the project regarding growing lentils in low rainfall areas is something new,” he said.
“The UniSA research regarding the effects of pesticides in soils is also a new area which will provide growers with important information about the effect chemicals have on soils.”
SAGIT has also boosted its funding for grower groups, allocating $20,000 to six funding applications which will help attract key speakers.  Another round of funding for grower groups will be announced in July.
The successful research projects are:

The successful research projects are:
  • More than Gumboots and Tractors - AgCommunicators
  • Economics of high phosphorus rates on pulses- Agronomy Solutions
  • 10th Australasian Soilborne Disease Symposium- Australasian Plant Pathology Association
  • Improved capture of native soil nitrogen and urea fertiliser in wheat- CSIRO Agriculture & Food
  • SA high-rainfall zone canola variable rate nitrogen prescription project - Elders Rural Services
  • Rapid Development of innovative lentils for low rainfall regions - Global Grain Genetics
  • Investigating frost susceptibility in Clearfield varieties treated with imidazoline herbicide - Mallee Sustainable Farming 
  • Identifying nutrient requirements of lentils & chickpeas grown in Mallee sands - Mallee Sustainable Farming 
  • Improved soil water decisions across the South East cropping region - MacKillop Farm Management Group Inc
  • Profitable pulses for the Murray Plains - Moodie Agronomy
  • Publication of the 2019 Farm Gross Margin Guide for SA - Rural Solutions
  • Benchmarking yield potential of barley in higher rainfall zones - SARDI
  • Making science useful for agriculture- SARDI
  • Drivers of flowering time in durum- SARDI
  • Further development of crown rot resistance in durums- SARDI
  • Grower crop root health workshops- SARDI
  • Establishing current levels of salt tolerance in Australian bread wheats- SARDI
  • Survey potential emerging pulse root diseases- SARDI
  • Improved crop nutrition for disease management and reduced fungicide dependency- SARDI
  • Conversations with farmers agricultural practice change with the PA early adopters- Society of Precision Agriculture Australia
  • Phenotypic evaluation of a wheat RIL population for salinity tolerance -University of Adelaide
  • Development of wheat population using speed breeding for salinity tolerance -University of Adelaide
  • Herbicide residue effects on soil microbial communities in alkaline soils -University of Adelaide
  • Investigating the accuracy of plant traits measured using drones -University of Adelaide
  • Comparative effects of agricultural pesticides on SA soil microbial functions- University of South Australia
The successful grower groups are:
  • 2018 Ag Excellence Awards & Forum – Ag Excellence Alliance
  •  Plot sprayer for research on Kangaroo Island - Agriculture Kangaroo Island
  • Adjuvants Information workshops – EP Agricultural Research Foundation
  • On farm optimisation of oat grain production & marketing - MacKillop Farm Management Group Inc
  • Smarter Farmers Smarter Farms Upskilling the woman of the UN to be future ready sustainable more productive farmers - Upper North Farming Systems
  • MacKillop Farm Management Group Annual Trial Results Book 2018 -MacKillop Farm Management Group 
More information: Bridget Penna, AgCommunicators, 0429 676 413,  

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SAGIT chair Michael Treloar
 SAGIT Chair Michael Treloar. Photo: SAGIT.
SAGIT Trustees and Management
SAGIT Trustee Max Young, Chair Michael Treloar, Trustee Caroline Rhodes, Project Manager Malcolm Buckby, Trustee Bryan Smith, Scientific Officer Allan Mayfield and Trustee Ted Langley. Photo: SAGIT.

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