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An analysis of 3D soil constraint diagnosis and options for on the go management of variable soil types

Description

This investment will report on and evaluate current commercially available, or emerging technologies that combine 3D soil type data analysis of single/multiple soil constraints at a grower usable scale; interpretation of collected data using diagnosis which can be then be used for application of ‘on the go’ variable soil amelioration. Once identified, these methods will be used to determine the economic benefit of a targeted management approach to maximise profitability for Australian grain growers both at the paddock and at a whole farm scale.

RFT Number

PROC-9176250

An analysis of 3D soil constraint diagnosis and options for on the go management of variable soil types is now CLOSED

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Multimedia capture and delivery training to develop and enhance GRDC contractors’ skills

Description

This investment proposes the production of training tools to upskill and support our research and extension partners in developing and using multimedia content such as audio, visual and photographic. The initial online training tools presented as webinars (or similar) and workshops will cover capturing good quality photographs, video and audio to communicate key messages of R,D&E projects; clear delivery of key messages through script planning; basics for editing and combining images, video and audio to improve captured content; and publishing the content online. Assuming the easing of travel restrictions by 2021 the successful vendor will conduct at least 15 training workshops regionally across Southern, Western and Northern Regions focusing on key localities close by to research activities.

RFT Number

PROC-9176244

Multimedia capture and delivery training to develop and enhance GRDC contractors’ skills is now CLOSED

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Future options for the control of the Redlegged earth mite in Australian grain crops

Description

The occurrence of insecticide resistance in the redlegged earth mite (RLEM; Halotydeus destructor) is of particular concern to the profitability of the Australian grains industry, and demands a rethink of management approaches. This investment will provide contemporary recommendations about insecticide resistance management and improved control methods for this pest. This will be achieved by: (1) Maintaining active surveillance to understand the RLEM insecticide resistance status across the grain growing regions affected by this pest (2) Ensuring that the RLEM Resistance Management Strategy (RMS) continues to include best practice recommendations (3) Exploring opportunities with agrichemical companies to increase the tools available to growers for implementing successful resistance management programs to control RLEM (4) Investigating opportunities to use biologically-based approaches for RLEM control, including but not limited to: biological molecules and extracts, native and introduced mite predators and parasites, entomopathogens, endosymbionts, etc. (5) Gaining new knowledge on the biology and ecology of the RLEM (including understanding of the summer diapause cues) which would allow for the development of forecasting (seasonal and paddock risks) tools to increase grower confidence, discourage the use of ‘insurance applications’ of pesticides and facilitate pro-active control practices.

RFT Number

PROC-9176232

Future options for the control of the Redlegged earth mite in Australian grain crops is now CLOSED

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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 Expression of Interest (EOI) process and the successful Project Co-ordinator/Facilitator in each region may support this process. There will be no prescriptive approach to achieve the targeted outcomes; instead it is envisaged that activities 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

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

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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

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

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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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