Issues identified ‘from the ground up’

Author: Natalie Lee | Date: 24 Nov 2014

What are Western Australian grain growers’ top-of-mind grain production issues?

A Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) publication provides a summary of priorities identified by GRDC Regional Cropping Solutions Networks (RCSNs), which are comprised of growers, advisers and researchers.

The 2013-14 GRDC RCSN western region annual report From the Ground Up shows that high priority research, development and extension (RD&E) issues identified by WA’s five RCSNs include:

  • Weed management
  • Rotations
  • Frost
  • Non-wetting soils
  • Soil acidity and/or sodicity
  • Farm business profitability
  • Decision-support tools that combine economic, physical and technical data
  • Precision agriculture and variable rate technology
  • Water use efficiency

GRDC western regional panel chairman Peter Roberts said the RCSNs were a vital part of the GRDC’s issues identification process for the western grain growing region, and were also provided with significantly increased funding in 2013-14 for ‘fast track’ projects.

“These are short-term projects that have been identified by the RCSNs as necessary to deliver a practice change on priority issues,” Mr Roberts said.

From the Ground Up is available at


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Peter Roberts, GRDC
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