Farmers' grains research wish list
GroundCover™ Issue: 3
David Campbell of 'Emily Downs', Esperance WA/ continuous wheat/ lupin crops on 300 ha: seeding rates, extension work.
John Hawkins of 'Barra Barra Farm', Mullewa WA/ 2000 ha wheat, specialising in noodle wheats: more research dollars for noodle wheats; rust-resistant noodle varieties.
Malcolm Fulwoodf 'Yarrandale', Cunderdin WA/ 1100 ha under wheat, lupins plus sheep: a noodle wheat suitable to early sowing that still reaches the desired protein level; lupins with less variability in yield and tolerant to aphids.
Ray Sullivan of 'Kalabity Moorna', Esperance WA/ 800 ha mixed cropping: funds invested in Departmental advisers are well spent.
Barry Harvie of 'Braeside Farm', Appila SA/ 600 ha wheat, barley and pasture: rotations and new varieties.
Roger Johns of 'Dalwhinnie', Maitland SA/ 800ha mixed cropping plus sheep and cattle: simple Plant Variety Right arrangements, easier participation in seed production
Wayne Saal of 'Waco', Toowoomba Qld/ mixed cropping on 1200 ha: local research, less on overseas (ACIAR); mice, a 'hot topic', insect pests; extension, making research info accessible to growers - water usage management.
David Verner of 'Ajeringa', Korunye SA/ 1000 ha mixed cropping cereals, legumes and pasture: royalties/levies and GRDC funding should be returned to breeding institutions as incentives - at present no correlation between success in breeding and funding.
Region National, North, South, West