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Fire recovery manual

A manual is now available on the GRDC website to assist growers in South Australia’s Lower North cropping region as they deal with the aftermath of 2015’s Pinery bushfire.

The Technical Resource Manual for Farm Fire Recovery was developed by the SA Research and Development Institute in response to the Lower Eyre Peninsula ‘Black Tuesday’ fire in January 2005.

The manual is designed to be a resource for growers, land managers, advisers and government agencies to help in the fire-recovery process. Information is provided on the key management issues that growers will need to address to return paddocks to full production.

More information on the treatment of fire-affected cropping land is also available in resources provided by Primary Industries and Regions SA.

More information:

Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli,
0409 675 100

New durum

Portrait of Dr Gururaj Kadkol

NSW DPI durum breeder Dr Gururaj Kadkol.


New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has released a new durum variety, DBA Lillaroi. Durum breeder Dr Gururaj Kadkol says the new variety performed well in hot dryland cropping conditions at Bellata, Mullaley and North Star, NSW, in 2015.

“The high performance under the tough seasonal conditions of 2015 has confirmed the adaptation of DBA Lillaroi to dry conditions,” he says.

“When compared with Caparoi and Jandaroi, DBA Lillaroi recorded similar or higher yields, with lower screenings, good grain protein and grain appearance.”

Experienced durum grower Doug Cush planted a seed crop of DBA Lillaroi next to his Caparoi crop near Bellata and reports achieving the same yield in both the varieties.

“The DBA Lillaroi pasta sample I have seen has a much brighter yellow colour and the industry is crying out for a brighter yellow durum to better compete with the Canadian durum,” Mr Cush says.

DBA Lillaroi was developed by the northern program of Durum Breeding Australia, a joint project between the NSW DPI, the GRDC and the University of Adelaide.

More information:

Anne Brook, NSW DPI,
02 6763 1163

Regional achievement

Central West food writer and grower Sophie Hansen has been crowned winner of the 2016 NSW-ACT Rural Women’s Award.

New South Wales Deputy Premier Troy Grant said distance has not stopped Ms Hansen, based in Orange, NSW, creating a dynamic online community, showcasing the best produce of the Central West and the people behind it.

“Her project, My Open Kitchen, will empower others to embrace social media to gain new opportunities and reap long-term benefits to their farming businesses and rural communities,” Mr Grant said.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Land and Water Niall Blair said this year’s finalists were all great examples of women making outstanding contributions to their regional communities: “I congratulate Fiona Mead, Aimee Snowden and Hannah Wandel, who were selected from an exceptional field of nominees and are all leaders and role models for regional NSW.”

Ms Hansen will receive a bursary of $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course. The other finalists will each receive a $1000 NSW Department of Primary Industries Leadership Bursary for skills and leadership development.

SEPWA scholarship

Ravensthorpe, Western Australia, agricultural science student Cassidy Chambers has been awarded the inaugural Rob Ashman Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the South East Premium Wheat Growers Association (SEPWA) and Hassad Australia.

The scholarship was developed to raise awareness of depression in rural Australia and to support capacity building in agriculture. It is targeted at young people who are passionate about agriculture and who are ready to expand their networks and skills.

The scholarship honours Rob Ashman, who tragically took his life in 2015 after suffering from depression for many years. Mr Ashman managed properties for Hassad Australia and was an active member of SEPWA.

Ms Chambers comes from a family farm north of Ravensthorpe and is a third-year Bachelor of Science student studying a double major in agricultural science and environmental science at the University of WA. Ms Chambers said she was honoured to win the award and very grateful for the opportunity it would provide. Following the completion of her studies, Ms Chambers would like to work in agronomy, with a focus on crop nutrition. The scholarship provides a $3500 bursary and the opportunity for work experience with SEPWA.

More information:

South East Premium Wheat Growers Association

Wheat research hub agreement

An agreement formalising the creation of the International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) has been reached that will see the partnership hosted at the Norman E. Borlaug Experimental Station (CENEB) in Obregón, Mexico, for an indefinite period of time. The IWYP’s mandate is to increase wheat yields by 50 per cent by 2034, with partners investing up to US$100 million (A$132 million) in research projects over five years.

The GRDC is among the groups that agreedto the partnerships, along with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, the US Agency for International Development and the US Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service.

More information:

International Wheat Yield Partnership

GRDC Project Code JOL00012

Region North, Overseas, South