Autumn 2017 Update

2017 GRDC Updates and new research trials from Facey Group and Riverine Plains 

Welcome to the Autumn update for the Online Farm Trials (OFT) project from the team at the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI) at Federation University Australia.

2017 GRDC Updates

The 2017 GRDC Research Updates are now done for another year, with a large number of update locations across the three GRDC regions of Australia. These annual updates are designed to deliver cutting edge research, development and extension information to grain growers and their advisers. They focus on communicating the most relevant and current research, building awareness and knowledge of key grains production and management issues and the best current applicable solutions.

OFT Project Manager, Rob Milne, has recently attended updates in Adelaide, Wagga Wagga, Bendigo and Perth, where he hosted the Federation University Australia/Online Farm Trials display and answered questions about how to use and publish trials on OFT. GRDC Farm Business Updates are about to begin. A full list of dates and locations of the 2017 updates is available at

More new research trials now on OFT

Welcome to the Facey Group – based in Western Australia – who have recently published 18 trial projects conducted from 2013 and 2014 on OFT. The Facey Group was formed in 2001, with the aim of bringing the community together to work towards achieving economic, social and environmental sustainability for the region. Farmers saw a need to conduct trials and demonstrations in the local region, with the expectation that access to research information would enable farmers to adopt practices that they saw as beneficial and would increase their production and profits. The access to such information has now been improved markedly through publication of trial results on OFT. Research topics include ‘Wheat agronomy on water repellent sands’, ‘Wheat response to N and K’ and ‘Maximising wheat production through variety selection and better agronomy’. The published trial projects include exportable results data on a variety of metrics including grain yield, soil organic carbon, fertiliser cost and screenings. Many thanks to Sarah Hyde, Executive Officer of Facey Group for her assistance in publishing these trials on OFT. We hope further trials conducted by Facey Group will be added to this list in the near future.

The Riverine Plains groups has also recently added new trials to OFT, with 44 new trial projects from 2013 to 2015 now available for public viewing and data export. The OFT thanks Riverine Plains Executive Officer, Fiona Hart, and Finance Officer, Kate Coffey, for their support and assistance in the publishing of these trials. There are now 96 trial projects published by Riverine Plains, these spanning 11 years of research trials: what a great information resource.

Invitation to publish planned trials

OFT has the capacity for basic trial information to be entered before the trial is started or before it is completed, thus enabling groups or researchers to let members and other organisations know what research is being tackled right now! The aim of this facility is to increase awareness of the type of research being conducted across regions, assist potential collaboration and to reduce the potential replication of trials within regions and so maximise the outcomes of research investment. Many groups have current year research trial names and locations listed on their websites, but why not make this information even easier to find by publishing on OFT?

To enter this information just login to OFT (if you do not yet have a login please contact the OFT team via email:, and use the Admin centre to add new trial details and set the Access and display level to suit your requirements. You can even enter results data as it is recorded, but select not to display to the public until trial reports are produced and published. For further information about the flexibility of data entry please contact the OFT team (

OFT eNewsletter and Twitter account

There has been an increase in the number of individuals signing up for the OFT eNewsletter over the summer growing and harvesting season. Make sure you keep up to date by signing up for this free information by visiting the OFT homepage (, scrolling down to the Subscription box, entering your email address and hitting the ‘Subscribe’ button.

For the most up-to-date information you can follow us on Twitter with the handle @OnlineFarmTrial.

We look forward to bringing some new and fresh changes and improvements to OFT in the next few months.

Kind regards from the Online Farm Trials team.