In 2016, a team of new or recent entrants to the grains industry was recruited. This project team is undertaking activities focussed on local crop protection and crop production priorities whilst also developing their own research and development (R&D) skills with the support of experienced DPIRD R&D staff, growers and industry.
A crop production agronomist and a crop protection generalist have been placed in each of the five Western Australian port zones of Kwinana West (Northam), Geraldton, Kwinana East (Merredin), Albany and Esperance (recruitment in progress).
The officers in each port zone are working closely with a range of industry support networks including the GRDC Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN), grower groups, growers, agribusiness and other research providers to undertake research and development adoption activities aligned to key industry challenges and opportunities within their regions.
The crop protection and crop production agronomists conduct a wide range of activities including:
- focus paddocks, field trials and demonstrations, workshops and extension materials aligned to priority crop production and crop protection R&D issues
- creating linkages to national and regional research projects and conducting validation and development activities on-ground at the local level with growers
- providing focused advice for growers and agribusiness wanting access to information about crop production and crop protection issues.