Following on from the success of Hyper Yielding Cereals (HYC) project in Tasmania, the GRDC Hyper Yielding Crops project commenced on nationally during mid-2020.
As part of the project, GRDC Centre of Excellence trial sites have been established in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, NSW, and Western Australia. In southern NSW, a Centre of Excellence research site has been established at Wallendbeen (near Cootamundra), NSW (chosen because it had a water-limited yield potential of 10 t/ha for cereals and 5 t/ha for canola).
Riverine Plains Inc has worked alongside lead organization, FAR Australia, to establish three focus farm sites in southern NSW in support of the Wallendbeen Centre, with a canola site established at Gerogery and wheat sites established at Culcairn and Howlong.
Riverine Plains Innovation Groups are being established to link local growers with the focus farm paddock trials at Gerogery, Culcairn and Howlong.
The 2020 focus-farm paddock trials will look at nitrogen and fungicides, while future focus-farm paddock trials will be based on ideas arising from the local Innovation Groups, as well as from growers visiting the Centre of Excellence.
Ten paddocks from across the region are also being sought to nominate for the 2020 Hyper Yielding Crop Awards. The Award will benchmark agronomic aspects of individual wheat crops, with participating growers to receive an agronomic benchmarking report comparing that paddock to all others entered, both regionally and nationally.
The project combines the expertise of several farming groups, including Riverine Plains Inc, with FAR Australia, SARDI, Brill Ag, CSIRO, DPIRD, TechCrop and CeRDI.
The project will ultimately provide an opportunity to unlock yield potentials by providing a greater understanding of the possible constraints and the agronomic practices required to achieve potential yields in a given season.
Growers interested in joining the Innovation Group, or being involved in the Hyper Yielding Crop Award can contact Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Kate Coffey on 03 5744 1713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A video on the project has been produced: to view it, please visit https://youtu.be/UYYgzv_9ttA