Research & Extension
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New innovative research funded by Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is putting farmers in the driver’s seat to be actively involved in the irrigated grains research.

GRDC have invested in a suite of irrigation research in the Southern Irrigation Zones to provide relevant information to assist farmers. 

The projects include:

  • Development and validation of soil amelioration and agronomic practices to realise the genetic potential of grain crops grown under a high yield potential irrigated environment in the southern and northern regions
  • Optimising farm scale returns from irrigated grains: maximising dollar return per megalitre of water.

The overall objective of the project is that by June 2023, 40% of irrigated grain growers in the Southern Murray Darling Basin have the knowledge, confidence and tools required to optimise farm scale returns through increased yield and allocation of water resources. To achieve this objective, irrigation discussion groups are part of the suite of new research.

Click on the links below to find out more about the research, economics project and the discussion groups…

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Develop and validate soil amelioration and agronomic practices to realise the genetic potential of grain crops grown under a high yield potential, irrigated environment in the northern and southern regions.
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Eight discussion groups established to help growers learn from each other, build new networks and access latest research.
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Optimising farm scale returns from irrigated grains: maximising dollar return per megalitre of water
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The optimising irrigated grains projects are part of the GRDC investment in ICF1906-002RTX: Facilitated action learning groups to support profitable irrigated farming systems in the northern and southern regions, FAR1906-003RTX: Development and validation of soil amelioration and agronomic practices to realise the genetic potential of grain crops grown under a high yield potential, irrigated environment in the northern and southern regions and UOT1906-002RTX: Optimising farm scale returns from irrigated grains: maximising dollar return per megalitre of water.