GRDC Investment Summaries
GRDC Investments Addressing a Selection of Issues
Low Rainfall Zone
- Issue No. 1 - The loss of glyphosate as a major tool through either regulation or resistant weed species would significantly impact on the profitability and sustainability of farming systems in low rainfall zone.
- Issue No. 4 - As the global trend for pesticide regulation based on hazard rather than risk continues, deregistration of affordable active ingredients will cause an increase in pesticide costs and erode profit margins.
- Issue No. 4 - Increased model skill in seasonal forecasts provided from March to May and better forecast utilisation by growers and advisers presents an opportunity to improve decision-making management risk more effectively.
- Issue No. 6 – The risk (either perceived or real) of herbicide residues accumulating in sandy soils in low rainfall environments is reducing returns.
- Issue No. 7 – Limited knowledge, skills and experience of growers and advisers new to pulse growing increases production risk of pulses in the low rainfall zone.
- Issue No. 10 - Opportunities to improve the integration and management of livestock into the farming system with site specific grazing is impeded by technology cost and state regulation.
- Issue No.10 - R,D & E capacity in the low rainfall zone is diminished by retraction of public investment in infrastructure and human resources and the exit of experienced professionals.
- Issue No. 10 - Opportunities to improve profit are missed as new practices are not adopted due to a lack of grower trust in small plot results.
- Issue No. 11 - The downside risk of highly leveraged, high input, high crop intensity farming systems threatens the economic viability of low rainfall farm businesses.
- Issue No. 13 - The strong preference growers demonstrate for peer to peer learning via digital communication (Twitter) is an opportunity for effective extension to builds skills and capacity and practice change.
- Issue No. 1 - Improved pulse varieties to improve profitability of farming systems in the low rainfall zone
- Issue No. 5 - Farm business management skills are essential to improving long term profitability
- Issue No. 6 - Robotics provide opportunities to increase efficiencies and profitability of farm businesses
- Issue No. 7 – New and novel methods of weed control
- Issue No. 10 – Predicting flowering time and manipulating crop development to reduce exposure during high risk periods to mitigate impact of frost
- Issue No. 12 - The sustainable use of cost effective herbicides and the development of alternative management tools are critical for effective weed control and profitability of cropping systems
- Issue No.15 - The downside risk of highly leveraged, high input, high crop intensity farming systems threatens the economic viability of low rainfall farm businesses
- Issue No. 21 - Barley and Brome Grass control
- Issue No. 24 - The lack of low cost open pollinated canola varieties is contributing to the reduction in canola area in the low rainfall zone
- Issue No. 31 - Rhizoctonia – economics of fungicides (seed dressings and in-furrow application)