Priority issues identified by the Grains Research and Development southern Regional Cropping Solutions Networks (RCSNs) have been detailed in a new publication.
From The Ground Up – Southern Region is the first annual report of the southern RCSNs which were established in 2012 to provide advice to the GRDC Southern Regional Panel.
Panel chair Keith Pengilley says the report outlines issues identified by the RCSNs for the 2013-14 investment cycle and the actions taken by the GRDC in response to each priority issue.
“For 2013-14, the southern RCSNs identified 36 priority issues that the networks believed required investment in research, development and extension (RD&E),” Mr Pengilley said.
“Of these, 17 issues were addressed directly by new investments in the GRDC’s 2014-15 investment plan, and 16 have been addressed within broader or ongoing GRDC investments. The remaining three issues are acknowledged as important but more information is required before they are ‘investment ready’.”
Among the issues identified by the RCSNs for the 2013-14 investment cycle and which were subsequently addressed by GRDC investments were: subsoil constraints in the high rainfall zone; management of invertebrate pests in retained stubble farming systems; improving production on sandy soils in the low rainfall zone; more break crop options; and increased inclusion of legumes in farming systems.
Other issues included correct crop sequences for irrigated double cropping; management of soils under irrigation; and management of emerging weed issues and management of foliar diseases in high potential canola crops in the high rainfall zone.
The four networks – covering the low rainfall, medium rainfall, high rainfall and irrigation cropping zones – comprise a broad network of 42 growers, advisers and other grains industry representatives to support the Panel and help inform the GRDC’s investments in grains RD&E.
From The Ground Up – Southern Region can be viewed via http://grdc.com.au/RCSN-South2013. More information about the RCSN initiative and contact details for facilitators can be found at www.grdc.com.au/RCSN.
To view a video interview with GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley about the RCSNs, go to http://youtu.be/z-3EoIlR0M4.
Keith Pengilley, GRDC Southern Panel
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Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
Caption: Management of invertebrate pests in retained stubble farming systems was among the issues identified by the RCSNs for the 2013-14 investment cycle and subsequently addressed by GRDC investments.
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