Optimising high rainfall zone cropping for profit in the Western Region

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This projects implements research to better understand the high rainfall zone, the limitations to its cropping system, improve the yield potential and close the yield gap.

Start date: 15/05/2019
Finish date: 30/06/2023


This project aims to work with growers, advisers, researchers and the broader grains industry to define the research and development needs in the high rainfall zones of GRDC's Western Region.

Experimental sites in various and differing high rainfall areas will be established to measure cereal and canola growth in response to seasonal conditions and management decisions.

Field trials and extension outcomes are aiming to understand the yield potential with different combinations of germplasm (winter versus spring), as well as the farming system inputs required to reduce the yield gap while still being profitable. It also aims to understand the economic risks associated with potentially higher input farming systems.

The project also hopes to produce new research findings on the combination of early sowing dates and ameliorated soils for wheat crops in Western Australia’s high rainfall zone, to provide growers with new insights into sowing time, nutrition, grazing options and canopy management.

The project is led by DPIRD, with FAR Australia leading the cereal research component and CSIRO leading the canola and modelling components.

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