A new focus for grains research across New South Wales (NSW) is set to provide growers with even better, more local results – fitting nicely with the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) delivery on local industry issues.
GRDC Northern Panel Chair James Clark made the comments while welcoming the recent move by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to fund new research and development positions in key regional areas.
“It will be great to see the re-emergence of research activity in areas like Trangie and Narrabri,” Mr Clark said.
The NSW DPI is creating 10 new cropping research and development positions across the state, including positions in Tamworth, Trangie and Narrabri in the north and at various locations in the South. The new positions include postdoctoral research and research agronomy officers.
Mr Clark said the positions will help to develop a larger network of expertise across the region, allowing additional research activities and trial sites to be established for projects funded by the GRDC.
“Results are more meaningful for growers if the trials have been run in the district, under similar climatic conditions or on the same soil types; this move will provide more opportunities for locally-validated results.
“While recent research at Tamworth has been important and it’s pleasing to see more capacity there, the industry identified several years ago that there was a need to further decentralise RD&E capacity and these new positions in Narrabri and Trangie will help deliver key research findings to a wider area across the northern region.
“The expanded network will allow the GRDC to invest in new initiatives focusing on agronomy, soils, weeds and nutrition to continue to drive improvements in productivity and profitability for NSW grain growers,” Mr Clark said.
“These roles will bring highly valuable skills into the industry, including experience in innovative crop production systems and conducting on-farm research trials and the development of technical information packages for industry.
“The career opportunities in the grains sector for promising young post doctoral students will also help with capacity building and succession planning within key research areas for the industry.”
PHOTO CAPTION: GRDC Northern Panel Chair James Clark has welcomed funding for new research and development positions in key regional areas of NSW.