Issues identified ‘from the ground up’
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
- 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 www.grdc.com.au/RCSN-West2013
Peter Roberts, GRDC
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Natalie Lee, Cox Inall Communications
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