What farmers say

The Kondinin Group recently published its 1994-95 survey of growers' research needs — 1,218 responses were received.

The following tables from the survey give the management practices that farmers felt were of most benefit. These priorities are reflected in major GRDC-supported research areas.

Other findings included:

  • 60 per cent of respondents indicated their reliance on herbicides had increased during the past three years;
  • oilseeds were seen as returning a significant benefit by 22 per cent of respondents nationally, with NSW farmers the most enthusiastic;
  • pulses were voted as the crops returning most benefits to growers;
  • specialist cereals were rated most highly on returns by Qld, SA and WA farmers;
  • half of the respondents considered the AWB incentive payments for protein to be average, and only 18 per cent rated them as excellent;
  • 46 per cent of growers said they always took market conditions into account when planning their cropping programs.
On a national basis the following aspects were equally rated (in terms of statistical significance) as producing the greatest benefit to growers.
&nbspPercentage rating 'Great benefit'
Minimum or no-till cropping methods50%
Buying a new variety of grain49%
Monitoring crops for fertiliser/nutrition requirements47%
Adding extra fertiliser47%
On a state-by-state basis the following aspects were rated as being of equal benefit (in statistical terms).
StateCropping aspect% seeing a benefit
NSWMinimum or no-till cropping methods56%
NSWAdding extra fertiliser54%
VicAdding extra fertiliser47%
VicMinimum or no-till cropping methods46%
VicMonitoring crops for fertiliser/nutrition requirements46%
QldMinimum or no-till cropping methods65%
SABuying a new variety of grain56%
SAAdding extra fertiliser55%
SAMonitoring crops for fertiliser/nutrition requirements54%
WAMinimum or no-till cropping methods49%
WABuying a new variety of grain46%

Region North, South, West