Five years of research have shown that it is possible for the higher-priced Prime Hard wheat grade to be produced in SA — a grade currently restricted to Queensland and NSW. (Recent reports in Ground Cover have detailed the profitable spread o f Prime Hard into southern NSW and Victoria.)
The research has produced crop management guidelines for three potential production areas — upper Eyre Peninsula, northern Mallee and the mid-north. Heading the research team is Hugh Reimers of Adelaide University with colleagues from the SA Research and Development Institute and the Minnipa and Loxton Research Centres.
“We have placed particular emphasis on research in the low-rainfall areas where cropping options are restricted,” Mr Reimers said. “The management guidelines will increase the probability of achieving better