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  • Peer learning helps growers plan for profit
    Southern, 14 Dec 2022
    Peer learning helps growers plan for profit

    Peter contacted five growers he had previously worked with when he was a consulting agronomist. They agreed to collaborate and have since been workshopping their business approach for four years.

  • Research boosts yields in state’s south-east
    Southern, 24 Oct 2022
    Research boosts yields in state’s south-east

    Grower-driven research is helping grain growers in one of South Australia’s smallest cropping regions close the gap between actual and potential yields. The results can be seen in the award-winning wheat crop produced by mixed farmer Tom Bell, which won both of the state’s prizes in the second annual GRDC Hyper Yielding Crops initiative, announced in August.

  • Delight in South Australia as grower sets new wheat yield benchmark
    Southern, 22 Oct 2022
    Delight in South Australia as grower sets new wheat yield benchmark

    A dryland crop near Millicent took out both of the South Australian awards – for highest yield and highest percentage of yield potential – in the second annual GRDC Hyper Yielding Crops initiative. Tom Bell, who farms with his wife Lucy and father Greg at Emerald Farms, harvested 11.48 tonnes per hectare of RGT Accroc wheat in January.

  • EP growers look to freeze out ‘Jack’
    Southern, 08 Aug 2022
    EP growers look to freeze out ‘Jack’

    A new GRDC investment is looking to equip growers on South Australia’s central and lower Eyre Peninsula with greater knowledge and skills to mitigate the effects of frost. Agricultural Innovation and Research Eyre Peninsula is delivering the ‘Tactics to minimise frost damage on the Eyre Peninsula’ investment through GRDC’s National Grower Network over the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

  • Climate drives cover crop outcomes
    Southern, 18 Jul 2022
    Climate drives cover crop outcomes

    A research consortium has shown cover crop performance is climate-driven and highly variable depending on where crops are grown in the southern grains region. The consortium was supported by a network of grower groups that facilitated on-farm trials to study the effects of cover crops in different growing environments spread over South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.

  • Peer-to-peer learning propelled lentil leap
    Southern, 15 May 2022
    Peer-to-peer learning propelled lentil leap

    Making the decision to try out a new crop like lentil is never easy, but Mannum grower, Matt Starick, says local knowledge he got from talking with other growers in his Pulse Check discussion group gave him the confidence he needed.

  • Fire spurs farm business regeneration
    Southern, 20 Apr 2022
    Fire spurs farm business regeneration

    The largest fire in the history of Kangaroo Island has led to restoration and renewal in the Stanton family’s farm business off the coast of South Australia.

  • Research seeks out perfect paddock marriage
    Southern, 29 Mar 2022
    Research seeks out perfect paddock marriage

    Observation of local trials at the Rutherglen Research Institute has prompted north-east Victorian grower Ashley Fraser to rethink the potential for intercropping in his family's farm business at Rutherglen. The district trials tested the productivity and profitability of four companion crops, each combining two crop species.

  • Paddock companions show profitable potential
    Southern, 25 Mar 2022
    Paddock companions show profitable potential

    Victorian growers Ashley Fraser from Rutherglen and Tom Briggs from Norong relate their on-farm experiences growing different types of companion crops in the state's north-east. Both growers were spectators of local intercropping trials at the Rutherglen Research Institute as part of the Victorian Grains Innovation Partnership.

  • Soil tonic mixes lime, deep ripping and nutrition
    Southern, 22 Feb 2022
    Soil tonic mixes lime, deep ripping and nutrition

    South Australian growers Alistair and Kate Ifould have put in place an ambitious soil improvement program to correct a worsening soil acidification problem. It has involved a combination of liming and deep ripping, followed by a generous fertiliser application program, to get the most out of their newly improved soils.

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