Networks shaping responses to local grains issues
Author: Natalie Lee | Date: 02 Nov 2015
A new report outlines actions taken by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) in response to local priority issues identified by Western Australian grain growers.
The GRDC’s 2014-15 Regional Cropping Solutions Networks (RCSNs) Annual Report provides a summary of recent activities initiated by WA’s five RCSNs, and an overview of the GRDC’s investment planning process for grains research, development and extension (RD&E).
RCSNs are based in WA’s port zones and comprise growers, consultants and other grains industry stakeholders. They are led by coordinator Julianne Hill, and supported by the GRDC’s western regional panel and regional grower services manager Roger States.
“The GRDC’s RCSN initiative has been a real success story in helping inform the GRDC as it makes investments in grains RD&E,” Mr States said.
“In the past three years, the networks have facilitated the investment of $1.2 million into 36 fast tracked projects – a significant investment in local extension.
“In 2015-16, the GRDC has invested an additional $888,000 into 22 RCSN projects across the WA grainbelt, representing a significantly increased commitment to the funding of short-term projects addressing local issues.
“These projects are designed to encourage productive and profitable practice changes and to address priority issues.
“In addition, several issues raised by RCSNs have been or will be addressed through broader, longer-term GRDC investments.”
High priority issues identified in 2014-15 by WA RCSNs include profitable rotations; subsoil constraints; acidity; herbicide resistance; nematodes and soil-borne diseases; canola and the need for better agronomic packages for this crop; frost; non-wetting soils; management of seasonal and soil variability; and business management.
The 2014-15 Regional Cropping Solutions Networks (RCSNs) Annual Report is available.
Roger States, GRDC grower services manager
0427 565 780
Natalie Lee, Cox Inall Communications
08 9864 2034, 0427 189 827