The Kondinin Group recently published its 1994-95 survey of growers' research needs — 1,218 responses were received.
The following tables from the survey give the management practices that farmers felt were of most benefit. These priorities are reflected in major GRDC-supported research areas.
Other findings included:
- 60 per cent of respondents indicated their reliance on herbicides had increased during the past three years;
- oilseeds were seen as returning a significant benefit by 22 per cent of respondents nationally, with NSW farmers the most enthusiastic;
- pulses were voted as the crops returning most benefits to growers;
- specialist cereals were rated most highly on returns by Qld, SA and WA farmers;
- half of the respondents considered the AWB incentive payments for protein to be average, and only 18 per cent rated them as excellent;
- 46 per cent of growers said they always took market conditions into account when planning their cropping programs.
On a national basis the following aspects were equally rated (in terms of statistical significance) as producing the greatest benefit to growers.
| ||Percentage rating 'Great benefit'|
|Minimum or no-till cropping methods||50%|
|Buying a new variety of grain||49%|
|Monitoring crops for fertiliser/nutrition requirements||47%|
|Adding extra fertiliser||47%|
On a state-by-state basis the following aspects were rated as being of equal benefit (in statistical terms).
|State||Cropping aspect||% seeing a benefit|
|NSW||Minimum or no-till cropping methods||56%|
|NSW||Adding extra fertiliser||54%|
|Vic||Adding extra fertiliser||47%|
|Vic||Minimum or no-till cropping methods||46%|
|Vic||Monitoring crops for fertiliser/nutrition requirements||46%|
|Qld||Minimum or no-till cropping methods||65%|
|SA||Buying a new variety of grain||56%|
|SA||Adding extra fertiliser||55%|
|SA||Monitoring crops for fertiliser/nutrition requirements||54%|
|WA||Minimum or no-till cropping methods||49%|
|WA||Buying a new variety of grain||46%|
North, South, West