Agribusiness organisations are being sought to conduct new localised trial and extension projects in the southern cropping region.
The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is proposing to next year fund six new projects involving field trials and demonstrations based around specific tactical agronomic management issues such as soil health, crop nutrition, crop rotations and the identification and management of weeds, pests and diseases.
The projects will be part of the GRDC’s ongoing southern region agribusiness trial and extension networks initiative which is aimed at addressing locally important agronomic issues through collaboration between growers, grower groups, advisers, agribusiness and researchers.
Andrew Rice, GRDC Manager Regional Grower Services – South, says that outside GRDC’s existing investment processes, there remains a need to address a range of local cropping constraints through small scale trials and for the targeted extension of results from these trials.
“A key feature of these projects will be the extension of project outcomes and outputs through a locally-based network which will work in close collaboration with the GRDC, particularly the Southern Regional Panel and the Regional Cropping Solutions Networks which support the Panel,” Mr Rice said.
The agribusiness trial and extension networks initiative, which has been undertaken in previous years, is listed in the GRDC’s External Investment Plan for 2015-16, through which the GRDC is seeking tenders from interested parties to:
- Locate, design and conduct field trials/demonstrations and analyse and interpret results;
- Plant, manage and harvest field trials/demonstrations;
- Prepare a financial analysis of the trial/demonstration results to be presented in ‘grower-friendly’ format and language;
- Develop and implement a targeted local communication and extension plan that clearly details implications of project outcomes/outputs for on-farm management and adoption (where applicable) by growers within local farming systems.
The GRDC expects to next year invest a total of up to $150,000 for six individual projects within the southern cropping region. Tenders close at midnight (AEDST) on Thursday, October 23, 2014. More information about the Investment Plan is available via www.grdc.com.au/Investment-Plan.
Andrew Rice, GRDC
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