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Sophisticated world markets demand best practices in grain production from farmers in the Riverine Plains. Our goal is to help farmers maximise yields and grain quality so that they can be profitable and sustainable in the long term.

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Riverine Plains research and extension projects cover all aspects of crop production.

This includes nutrition, stubble management, weed and disease control and pest management. We provide grain growers with access to valuable resources to optimise their grain production enterprises. Our goal is to help farmers maximise yields and grain quality so that they can be profitable and sustainable in the long term.

It's important that growers maximise their grain production given the world faces continuing challenges with food security. Scarcity of resources also means that local farmers need to do more with less to continue to supply the global population.

Climate variability also is posing challenges in local grain-producing systems and farmers are adopting new and innovative technologies to improve their efficiency of production. Increases in efficiency are also being driven by rising costs of production, volatile market conditions, lack of access to skilled labour and the potential requirement to measure and reduce greenhouse emissions in the future.

Riverine Plains aims to help our farmer members and the wider farming community plan, prepare for and mitigate against these challenges and risks. We’ll continue to support farmers to use best practice to maximise the production of high-quality grain for supply into global and domestic markets.

Research highlights

  • Large-plot stubble management trials carried out as part of the Stubble project from 2013–17, showed there were no differences in yield due to stubble management techniques – including burnt, cultivated, no-till stubble retained, mulched, cut for straw and with or without additional nitrogen.
  • Dry matter measurements from a 2023 irrigated faba bean crop monitored as part of an Irrigated Discussion Group trial, indicate that the nitrogen fixed could save up to $413/ha the following year in nitrogen costs (based on January 2023 pricing).

De-risking early sown crops

We are using localised demonstration trials to drive adoption of management practices that can improve the success of dry-sowing programs in the Riverine Plains.

De-risking early sown crops - Feature


Our portfolio of grains-related projects help farmers address key production and profitability challenges in the Riverine Plains.



Discover past and upcoming events – from webinars and seminars to workshops and field days.


Discover unique perspectives on agriculture from across the Riverine Plains.

Pulse agronomy field day review (Bundalong)
Securing a reliable fodder source for your dairy enterprise
Recording of virtual cover & intercropping field day
Notes from the In-Season Update 2020