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CROP

ESTABLISHMENT PROJECT

 

OPTIMISING PLANT ESTABLISHMENT, DENSITY AND SPACING TO MAXIMISE CROP YIELD AND PROFIT IN THE SOUTHERN AND WESTERN REGION

Commencement date

01/02/2018

Completion date

01/02/2021

Aim

By June 2022, growers and advisers have access to sound agronomic knowledge and supporting data allowing them to improve crop establishment and decrease seed costs with conventional air-seeders for canola, lentil and faba bean in the southern region, and canola, wheat and lupin in the western region, and consider the costs and benefits of precision planters. 

Funding Provider

GRDC

Project lead organisation

University of Adelaide

Collaborators

WANTFA and Liebe Group

Project background

This project is being conducted through a range of activities including:

  1. Paddock Survey: A survey of 100 paddocks in each of the southern and western regions was conducted in 2018 and 2019.

  2. Grower Scale Demonstrations: 

    • 2018:​ Located at McCreery's property in Kalannie.

    • 2019: Located at Keamy's property in Watheroo.

    • 2020: Located at McAlpine's property in Buntine.

 

By June 2022, growers and advisers have access to sound agronomic knowledge and supporting data allowing them to improve crop establishment and decrease seed costs with conventional air-seeders for canola, lentil and faba bean in the southern region, and canola, wheat and lupin in the western region, and consider the costs and benefits of precision planters.
 

The initial target of this project is a 30% improvement in establishment of relevant crops and a 5% yield increase over 200,000 ha across the southern and western regions. This outcome will depend upon current crop establishment rates with commercial seeders, and the potential of seeder enhancements (e.g. precision planters) to improve establishment, reduce seed costs, and increase yield and profit. There could be spillover benefits to other crops - chickpea, field pea and vetch, and barley.

Results and Reports

  • Virtual Field Walk - recorded 8th September 2020

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