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Applying current knowledge to inform grower decision making to mitigate the impact of frost, now and in the future

Description

The investment will: 1. Consolidate proven research outcomes, and related information, and extend key messages in a practical, flexible and applied manner that is relevant to local growers, environment and farming systems.  The initiative will be locally coordinated by a lead facilitator in each GRDC region, with a project steering committee put in place by GRDC to provide national oversight and ensure accuracy and consistency of messaging.2. Provide targeted mechanisms for grower and adviser discussion and knowledge sharing regarding what is currently known and how this knowledge may be practically applied here and now3. Inform future investment in frost RDE, aligned to GRDC’s Key Investment Target 1.2 Strategy, including identification of possible approaches to achieve target strategy outcomes and build a platform for extension of future frost research.It is expected that the Project Co-ordinator/Facilitator in each region will work with a diverse range of grower groups, advisers, researchers and agribusiness personnel, both large and small, to maximise outreach. GRDC are conducting a separate Expresion of Interest (EOI) process and the successful Project Co-ordinator/Facilitaor in each region may support this process.There will be no prescriptive approach to achieve the targeted outcomes; instead it is envisaged that activites will be varied depending on the identified demand and needs of the growers and advisors in each sub-region and opportunities to build ability, skill and confidence to respond using the tactics growers currently have available to them.  The investment is not aimed to answer new research questions but instead validate and extend, at a sub-regional level, the existing proven research outcomes and inform future approaches.

RFT Number

PROC-9176202

Closing date & time

Friday 12th of June 2020, at 02:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Tuesday 5th of May 2020
Last updated: Friday 29th of May 2020

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Provision of Services in relation to the Online Farm Trials database and website

Description

Procurement relating to the provision of maintenance, support, data and resourcing services in relation to the Online Farm Trials (OFT) database and website.

There are three contributing Outputs. Applicants can apply for one, two or all three Outputs:

Output 1 - Support: ensure constant and ongoing availability of the OFT database and website, with industry-standard maintenance, documentation, and upgrades to a) keep the database and website usable and relevant to growers, GRDC, and other D&E stakeholders; and b) maintain GRDC’s transition in/out options.

Output 2 - Data: conduct ongoing quality control of OFT trial entries ensuring at least 90% of all entries meet minimum industry data and metadata standards.

Output 3 - Engagement: provide ongoing support to current and prospective OFT data contributors and users.

RFT Number

PROC-9176214

Provision of Services in relation to the Online Farm Trials database and website is now CLOSED

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Addressing the constraints to genetic improvement of crown rot resistance and tolerance in wheat

Description

Crown rot is a significant constraint to the profitability of grain growers across Australia. There are currently limited control options for the disease while conservation farming and drier climates can exacerbate the issue. One component of a sustainable option for addressing crown rot is the development of high yielding resistant and tolerant cereal cultivars. While many novel sources of crown rot resistance have been identified, the average resistance of released varieties has not improved significantly over the last 10 years. To facilitate the access of growers to genetic control options for crown rot in cereals, this investment addresses a current barrier for genetic improvement for crown rot – a lack of high-throughput, accurate and low cost phenotyping methods, as well as taking advantage of new genetic tools for use in breeding programs.

There are two contributing projects, which are to be applied for separately. Applicants can apply for one or both projects:

Part A – Improved phenotyping for crown rot resistance and tolerance in cereals.

Part B – Improved crown rot genetic resistance and tolerance through targeted genetics in bread wheat.

RFT Number

Part A: PROC-9176204, Part B: PROC-9176205

Closing date & time

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020, at 02:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Wednesday 22nd of April 2020
Last updated: Tuesday 26th of May 2020

Full Details

Determining the incidence of herbicide resistance in Australian grain cropping

Description

Given the additional costs that are associated with managing herbicide resistant weeds, it is imperative that as an industry we understand the incidence and extent of resistance. This will help inform future research, with flow on impacts on the adoption of optimal weed management decisions on farm. This investment proposes to provide a status update of the incidence of herbicide resistance in key grain cropping weeds across Australia through consistent random surveying and testing as well as historical data collation.

RFT Number

PROC-9176195

Determining the incidence of herbicide resistance in Australian grain cropping is now CLOSED

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Weed species for potential research investment

Description

There are hundreds of weed species present in the cropping systems of Australia. The individual impact each of these species imparts on the farming system differs and can change between geographic regions and over time. This investment will recommend a clear quantitative system which will be used to prioritise RD&E effort on grain weed species based on their current and future impacts. This system will be able to assess emerging weeds as well as have the ability to be applied on potential future ‘new’ weeds whose impacts are unknown.

RFT Number

PROC-9176196

Weed species for potential research investment is now CLOSED

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Effective use of diquat for late season weed seed set control of annual ryegrass (Lolium rigidum) in barley- WA pilot study

Description

Diquat is currently registered for pre-harvest crop desiccation in multiple crops, including barley. There is opportunity to assess this potential techniques and develop clear management guidelines in relation to ARG seed development stages and crop grain development, water volumes and spray quality requirements including adjuvant type to ensure consistent ARG seed set control whilst quantifying any potential adverse impacts to barley grain yield and quality characteristics.This investment will utilise replicated small plot trials in differing climatic and agronomic environments to develop and validate strategies for the use of pre-harvest applications of diquat which maximises weed seed set control of annual ryegrass in barley. Though this investment could potentially benefit barley growers nationally, the work will be delivered in WA only to determine the feasibility of pre-harvest diquat application before consideration of broader delivery.

RFT Number

PROC-9176186

Effective use of diquat for late season weed seed set control of annual ryegrass (Lolium rigidum) in barley- WA pilot study is now CLOSED

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Paddock level herbicide resistance management for Western growers and advisers

Description

This investment will demonstrate the value of herbicide resistance testing to Western Region growers and their agronomists. It will create groups of growers and their agronomists, who will undertake targeted sampling of problem weed populations to be tested against both single and combinations of herbicides using different modes of actions. The growers and their agronomists will work together to ensure a full understanding of the resistance testing results. This investment also aims to use the knowledge of a behavioural economist to understand growers’ and agronomists’ attitudes towards herbicide resistance testing.

RFT Number

PROC-9176147

Paddock level herbicide resistance management for Western growers and advisers is now CLOSED

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Agronomic management of weeds, crop nutrition and farming practices in Central New South Wales to maximise crop profitability

Description

GRDC has invested extensively in research to optimise the agronomic management of weeds, crop nutrition and farming practices, but further development and extension of the key technical messages is required to ensure growers have the knowledge and confidence to adopt research outcomes and best practice in their farming systems to help create enduring profitability. The outputs identified in this investment seek to address known gaps in grower knowledge and barriers to adoption that limit the uptake of the latest research outcomes on farm.

RFT Number

PROC-9176152

Agronomic management of weeds, crop nutrition and farming practices in Central New South Wales to maximise crop profitability is now CLOSED

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Agronomic management of weeds, crop nutrition and farming practices in Northern NSW & Southern QLD to maximise crop profitability

Description

GRDC has invested extensively in research to optimise the agronomic management of weeds, crop nutrition and farming practices, but further development and extension of the key technical messages is required to ensure growers have the knowledge and confidence to adopt research outcomes and best practice in their farming systems to help create enduring profitability. The outputs identified in this investment seek to address known gaps in grower knowledge and barriers to adoption that limit the uptake of the latest research outcomes on farm.

RFT Number

PROC-9176153

Agronomic management of weeds, crop nutrition and farming practices in Northern NSW & Southern QLD to maximise crop profitability is now CLOSED

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Developing strategies to mitigate and manage resistance to key herbicides in modern Australian cropping systems

Description

The understanding of herbicide resistant weeds either from a geographical or mechanistic physiological level is only part of the solution to actually mitigate and manage the weeds in the paddock. Strategies to do this need an understanding of the resistant weed but also need to be practical and relevant to the particular farming system. A ‘one size fits all’ solution will not apply to every weed, every resistance mechanism or farming system. Ground truthing herbicide resistance strategies will provide more confidence to growers that they are practical and relevant. Whilst a general methodological approach to achieve this is understood, herbicide resistance is dynamic and responds to farming system changes, weed evolution and chemistry development. New challenges to be overcome include strategies relevant to pre-emergent herbicides, non-selective herbicides and imidazolinone herbicide dominant rotations.

RFT Number

PROC-9176151

Developing strategies to mitigate and manage resistance to key herbicides in modern Australian cropping systems is now CLOSED

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