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Note: Request for Tender (RFT) Terms and Conditions apply to all RFTs where tenderers are required to submit their responses via the Grains Investment Portal.

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Impact of Stubble Height on Cropping Systems in the Western Region

Description

The Grower Network members have raised the opportunity for GRDC to look at the impact of harvesting stubble higher in the Western Region, as they think it may have the potential to change their current farming system. Taller harvested stubble in this investment is referring to taller than current “standard” residue levels for each region within the Western region. Currently most growers within WA, would harvest around 15cm (beer can height) above ground level to maximise HWSC. This proposed investment is a preliminary step that looks to compare conventional stubble structures and heights, and load (straw & chaff) with taller stubble residue systems, heights and load (mostly only chaff) and in frost risk areas, a no residue system. Treatments will be implemented using grower equipment and will be replicated. Importantly the investment will include monitoring of soil moisture, plant establishment, presence of disease, weed competitiveness and herbicide efficacy, HWSC options, nutrient budgeting and ultimately grain yield responses. GRDC will negotiate to establish a minimum of four (4) trial sites across a widespread area of the Western Region, and in different rainfall zones. This investment will look at outcomes from the related investments and will be flexible in nature prior to contracting to take into consideration any major findings from the related projects.

RFT Number

PROC-9176388

Closing date & time

Friday 20th of August 2021, at 05:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Friday 9th of July 2021
Last updated: Friday 23rd of July 2021

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Closing the Economic Yield Gap for Grain Legumes in Western Australia

Description

Grower Network members and other growers have ranked the inability and inconsistency of growing profitable grain legumes as their second highest issue impacting on their whole farm business profitability. Growers suggest using farm-scale trials under grower conditions/situations will be best to determine the profitability of grain legumes and to demonstrate the optimum agronomy practices for the different grain legume species. This project will be designed to highlight the optimum agronomy required for maximise yields of grain legumes across a range of environments and soil types, and to determine which grain legumes have the best economic fit in each sub-region, under grower conditions and situations. The agronomic information to be used to create trial protocols, will be drawn from current research projects being conducted in the Western region including: High Value Pulses project (DAW1903-004RTX), Maintenance of Rhizobial Germplasm project (UMU1207-006RTX), the Nitrogen Fixation project (UMU1901-002RTX), the Dryland Legume Pastures Systems project (UMU1805-001RTX) and a national pulse genotype investment. Best fit information produced from these research projects will be used to guide the larger scale on-farm trials. The successful applicant will also link and meet with the National pulse genotype team and pulse teams from the Northern and Southern Regions biannually, once in person and one VC meeting. The successful applicant or applicants will also establish groups of growers where none currently exist or involve existing grower groups in the project, linking to influential advisors (both agronomic and farm business management advisors) to encourage participatory learning and adoption of best grain legume agronomy practices. The groups will come together to review the trials, discuss the agronomy of the grain legume crops grown, variety selection and the profitability and other benefits of including them within the cropping rotation.

RFT Number

PROC-9176376

Closing date & time

Friday 13th of August 2021, at 05:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Tuesday 29th of June 2021
Last updated: Friday 23rd of July 2021

Full Details

Quantifying the yield risk of planting CMV, AMV & BYMV infected lentil seed in the Southern region.

Description

There is a data gap relating to the plant health impacts and actual yield risk from sowing lentil seeds with known levels of infected cucumber mosaic virus (CMV), alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV) and bean yellow mosaic virus (BYMV). As the yield risk is unknown, growers are not seed testing and are unable to make informed choices on planting virus infected lentil seeds. This investment will provide the Southern region lentil growers, advisers and commercial seed businesses with a ‘Risk Matrix Guide’ that informs on the quantified yield risk of planting various levels of CMV, AMV & BYMV infected lentil seed with the anticipated long-term outcome of reducing the levels of the viral diseases CMV, AMV and BYMV in the cropping system.

RFT Number

PROC-9176369

Quantifying the yield risk of planting CMV, AMV & BYMV infected lentil seed in the Southern region. is now CLOSED

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