SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) provides research and development services to the state government, commercial clients and research partners to help make South Australia’s primary industries and regions internationally competitive and ecologically sustainable.

SARDI’s programs are designed to increase the productivity, sustainability and adaptability of the state’s agriculture, food and wine, fisheries and aquaculture and bioscience enterprises, create opportunities for market growth, address barriers to growth and provide applied solutions.

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) operates the Minnipa Agricultural Centre (MAC). MAC serves the cereal growing areas of the Eyre Peninsula, which produces on average 40 to 45% of South Australia's wheat. Research and development conducted at the Minnipa Agricultural Centre includes development of innovative, best practice farm management practices for low rainfall environments.

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Years: 2009 to 2017
114 published trials
114 uploaded trial reports
42 trial sites
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Improving canola establishment (1Time of sowing)

Andrew Ware, Leigh Davis, BrianPurdie, Ashley Flint and Brenton Spriggs (SARDI)

Aims:

This is a South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) funded project. It aims to maximise canola productivity through creating soil specific management strategies that improve canola yields, profitability and establishment in field trials on lower and upper Eyre Peninsula (EP). In 2014, ten separate trials were conducted as part of this proje… read more

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Timing Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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District wheat and barley trials

Andrew Ware, Leigh Davis, Brian Purdie, Ashley Flint, Brenton Spriggs, Ian Richter, Amanda Cook and Wade Shepperd (SARDI)

Aims:

These variety trials were identified as priorities by local Agricultural Bureaux to compare current varieties to ones which are not commonly grown in their respective districts, and to compare varieties in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat and barley National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Variety Type
Port Kenny, SA Grey calcareous sandy loam
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These variety trials were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureau groups to evaluate commonly grown varieties, compare them to newly released varieties and provide further information on varietal performance in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat and barley National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type
Mount Cooper, SA Grey calcareous sandy loam
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District wheat and barley trials

Leigh Davis, Andrew Ware, Cathy Paterson, Brian Purdie, Ashley Flint and Brenton Spriggs (SARDI)

Aims:

The wheat and barley variety demonstrations were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureaus to compare current varieties to potential new varieties in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Not specified 1 trial Variety Type
Witera, SA Grey sandy clay loam
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Originally this trial was initiated by the local Ag Bureau groups at Charra and Goode to test if there were potential yield responses to be gained by increasing fertiliser rates, testing new products and other sowing techniques like fluid fertilisers. Bryan Smith applied for money through the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board (EP… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate
Charra, SA Brown sandy loam
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This trial was initiated by the local Ag Bureau groups at Charra and Goode to test if there were potential yield responses and possible money to be gained by increasing fertiliser rates, testing new products and other seeding techniques like fluid fertilisers. Bryan Smith applied for money through the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management … read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate
Charra, SA Brown sandy loam
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To determine the comparative performance of alternative crops and pastures as pest and disease breaks in an intensive cereal phase. In low rainfall regions of south-eastern Australia broad-leaf crops make up only a very small proportion of the total area of sown crops. In light of increasing climate variability farmers have adopted continuous ce… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red sandy clay loam
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To determine the comparative performance of alternative crops and pastures as pest and disease breaks in an intensive cereal phase. In low rainfall regions of south-eastern Australia broad-leaf crops make up only a very small proportion of the total area of sown crops. In light of increasing climate variability farmers have adopted continuous ce… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red sandy clay loam
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Improving canola establishment (2 TTCanola emergence)

Andrew Ware, Leigh Davis, Brian Purdie, Ashley Flint and Brenton Spriggs (SARDI)

Aims:

This is a South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) funded project. It aims to maximise canola productivity through creating soil specific management strategies that improve canola yields, profitability and establishment in field trials on lower and upper Eyre Peninsula (EP). In 2014, ten separate trials were conducted as part of this proje… read more

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Method Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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Funding source

Aims:

This is a South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) funded project. It aims to maximise canola productivity through creating soil specific management strategies that improve canola yields, profitability and establishment in field trials on lower and upper Eyre Peninsula (EP). In 2014, ten separate trials were conducted as part of this proje… read more

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Method Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
Research organisaton
Funding source

Aims:

These variety trials were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureau groups to evaluate commonly grown varieties, compare them to newly released varieties and provide further information on varietal performance in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat and barley National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
Cowell, SA Red clay loam
Research organisaton

Aims:

These variety trials were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureau groups to evaluate commonly grown varieties, compare them to newly released varieties and provide further information on varietal performance in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
Elliston, SA Grey sandy clay loam
Research organisaton

Aims:

These variety trials were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureau groups to evaluate commonly grown varieties, compare them to newly released varieties and provide further information on varietal performance in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat and barley National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
Wharminda, SA Deep sand
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A SAGIT Fluid delivery project was funded to update the benefits of fluid delivery systems from previous research and assess the potential of fluid nutrients and disease control strategies in current farming systems. The fluid systems (fertilisers or nutrients) have the potential to increase production through delivery of micro and macro nutrien… read more

Crop type: Wheat 2 trials Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Fungicide Type
Streaky Bay, SA Warramboo, SA Grey calcareous sandy loam Red sandy loam
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These variety trials were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureau groups to evaluate commonly grown varieties, compare them to newly released varieties and provide further information on varietal performance in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
Wharminda, SA Deep sand
Research organisaton

Aims:

These variety trials were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureau groups to evaluate commonly grown varieties, compare them to newly released varieties and provide further information on varietal performance in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat and barley National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
Port Kenny, SA Calcareous loamy sand
Research organisaton

Aims:

These variety trials were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureau groups to evaluate commonly grown varieties, compare them to newly released varieties and provide further information on varietal performance in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat and barley National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
Elliston, SA Grey sandy clay loam
Research organisaton

Aims:

These variety trials were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureau groups to evaluate commonly grown varieties, compare them to newly released varieties and provide further information on varietal performance in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat and barley National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type
Cowell, SA Red clay loam
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Funding source

District wheat and barley trials

Andrew Ware, Leigh Davis, Brian Purdie, Ashley Flint, Brenton Spriggs, Ian Richter, Amanda Cook and Wade Shepperd (SARDI)

Aims:

These variety trials were identified as priorities by local Agricultural Bureaux to compare current varieties to ones which are not commonly grown in their respective districts, and to compare varieties in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat and barley National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Variety Type
Cowell, SA Red clay loam
Research organisaton

District wheat and barley trials

Andrew Ware, Leigh Davis, Brian Purdie, Ashley Flint, Brenton Spriggs, Ian Richter, Amanda Cook and Wade Shepperd (SARDI)

Aims:

These variety trials were identified as priorities by local Agricultural Bureaux to compare current varieties to ones which are not commonly grown in their respective districts, and to compare varieties in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat and barley National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Variety Type
Wharminda, SA Sand
Research organisaton

District wheat and barley trials

Andrew Ware, Leigh Davis, Brian Purdie, Ashley Flint, Brenton Spriggs, Ian Richter, Amanda Cook and Wade Shepperd (SARDI)

Aims:

These variety trials were identified as priorities by local Agricultural Bureaux to compare current varieties to ones which are not commonly grown in their respective districts, and to compare varieties in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat and barley National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Variety Type
Elliston, SA Sand
Research organisaton

District wheat and barley trials

Leigh Davis, Andrew Ware, Cathy Paterson, Brian Purdie, Ashley Flint and Brenton Spriggs (SARDI)

Aims:

The wheat and barley variety demonstrations were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureaus to compare current varieties to potential new varieties in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
Wharminda, SA Sand
Research organisaton

District wheat and barley trials

Leigh Davis, Andrew Ware, Cathy Paterson, Brian Purdie, Ashley Flint and Brenton Spriggs (SARDI)

Aims:

The wheat and barley variety demonstrations were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureaus to compare current varieties to potential new varieties in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
Elliston, SA Sand
Research organisaton

Aims:

These variety trials were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureau groups to evaluate commonly grown varieties, compare them to newly released varieties and provide further information on varietal performance in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat and barley National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type
Wharminda, SA Sand
Research organisaton

Aims:

These variety trials were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureau groups to evaluate commonly grown varieties, compare them to newly released varieties and provide further information on varietal performance in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat and barley National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type
Elliston, SA Grey calcareous sandy loam
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Controlling barley grass in upper EP low rainfall farming systems is becoming a major issue for growers, due to the development of herbicide resistance and changing ecology of the weeds such as delayed emergence of barley grass populations.

There are effective but sometimes costly chemical options for grass weed control using pre-emerg… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Row spacing
MAC Paddock S4, SA
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Improving canola establishment (4 Retained clearfield tolerant seed)

Andrew Ware, Leigh Davis, Brian Purdie, Ashley Flint and Brenton Spriggs (SARDI)

Aims:

This is a South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) funded project. It aims to maximise canola productivity through creating soil specific management strategies that improve canola yields, profitability and establishment in field trials on lower and upper Eyre Peninsula (EP). In 2014, ten separate trials were conducted as part of this proje… read more

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Method Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
Research organisaton
Funding source

Aims:

The aim of this SAGIT-funded project was to build on previous research by updating knowledge of the benefits, including disease control and nutrition, of fluid delivery systems. Fluid systems have the potential to increase production through efficient delivery of micro and macro nutrients, reduced cost of trace element delivery and increased con… read more

Crop type: Wheat 2 trials Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Fungicide Type
Streaky Bay, SA Warramboo, SA Grey calcareous sandy loam Red sandy loam
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Mixed livestock and cropping systems have an important role to play in the diversification, risk management and sustainability of farming in low rainfall areas. The majority of farms in these areas use livestock to provide enterprise diversity and risk management, however grazing also offers a range of other system benefits that are generally no… read more

Crop type: Wheat 2 trials Fertiliser Rate Grazing Regime Sowing Rate
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Piednippie, SA Red sandy loam Grey calcareous sandy loam
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Controlling barley grass in upper EP farming systems is becoming a major issue for growers, due to the development of herbicide resistance and delayed weed emergence. Management options other than herbicides need to be considered to address the issue for long-term sustainability. One of the best bets for cultural control of barley grass in-crop … read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Method Sowing Row spacing
Minnipa, SA Red loam
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Funding source

District wheat and barley trials

Leigh Davis, Andrew Ware, Cathy Paterson, Brian Purdie, Ashley Flint and Brenton Spriggs (SARDI)

Aims:

The wheat and barley variety demonstrations were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureaus to compare current varieties to potential new varieties in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
Cowell, SA Red clay loam
Research organisaton

Aims:

A SAGIT Fluid delivery project was funded to update the benefits of fluid delivery systems from previous research and assess the potential of fluid nutrient delivery systems and disease control strategies compared to current systems. The fluid systems have the potential to increase production through delivery of micro and macro nutrients, lower … read more

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fungicide Type Fungicide Method
Coulta, SA Grey loamy sand
Research organisaton
Funding source

Aims:

This is part of a new South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) funded project. It aims to maximise canola productivity through creating soil specific management strategies that improve canola yields, profitability and establishment in field trials on lower and upper Eyre Peninsula. In 2013, seven separate trials were conducted at Minnipa A… read more

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Method
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Sandy loam
Research organisaton
Funding source

Aims:

This is part of a new South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) funded project. It aims to maximise canola productivity through creating soil specific management strategies that improve canola yields, profitability and establishment in field trials on lower and upper Eyre Peninsula. In 2013, seven separate trials were conducted at Minnipa A… read more

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Method
Piednippie, SA Sandy loam
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Funding source

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Adoption of Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) in the low rainfall zone (LRZ) of the Southern Region is very low. The GRDC-funded project 'Application of controlled traffic on the low rainfall zone' is evaluating whether or not this is justified. To help LRZ growers answer the questions and uncertainities they face when thinking about CTF … read more

Crop type: Vetch 1 trial Crop Type Soil Compaction Soil amelioration Application
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Calcareous red sandy loam
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Funding source

Aims:

A SAGIT Fluid delivery project was funded to update the benefits of fluid delivery systems from previous research and assess the potential of fluid nutrient delivery systems and disease control strategies compared to current systems. The fluid systems have the potential to increase production through delivery of micro and macro nutrients, lower … read more

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fungicide Type Fungicide Method
Coulta, SA Grey loamy sand
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To investigate the impact of row direction and row spacing on grass weed competition and ceral performance over three years.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Method Sowing Row spacing
Paddock N7/8, SA Red loam
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Effects of gypsum and legumes on soil pH and soil organic C Exp 1

Ehsan Tavakkoli (ex UoA), Suzanne Holbery (ex SARDI), Ian Richter (SARDI), Roy Latta (ex SARDI), Pichu Rengasamy and Glenn McDonald (UoA)

Aims:

Although alkaline soils are widespread throughout southern Australia and are the basis of crop production in South Australia, our understanding of the chemistry and cycling of C in these soils is poor. A survey of paddocks on the upper Eyre Peninsula (EP) showed that the concentrations of soil organic C and dissolved organic C were sensitive to … read more

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Fungicide Rate Soil amelioration Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red loam
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Effects of gypsum and legumes on soil pH and soil organic C Exp 2

Ehsan Tavakkoli (ex UoA), Suzanne Holbery (ex SARDI), Ian Richter (SARDI), Roy Latta (ex SARDI), Pichu Rengasamy and Glenn McDonald (UoA)

Aims:

Although alkaline soils are widespread throughout southern Australia and are the basis of crop production in South Australia, our understanding of the chemistry and cycling of C in these soils is poor. A survey of paddocks on the upper Eyre Peninsula (EP) showed that the concentrations of soil organic C and dissolved organic C were sensitive to … read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Soil amelioration Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Calcareous red sandy loam
Research organisatons
Funding source

Aims:

This is part of a new South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) funded project. It aims to maximise canola productivity through creating soil specific management strategies that improve canola yields, profitability and establishment in field trials on lower and upper Eyre Peninsula. In 2013, seven separate trials were conducted at Minnipa A… read more

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Method
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Sandy loam
Research organisaton
Funding source

Aims:

This is part of a new South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) funded project. It aims to maximise canola productivity through creating soil specific management strategies that improve canola yields, profitability and establishment in field trials on lower and upper Eyre Peninsula. In 2013, seven separate trials were conducted at Minnipa A… read more

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Method
Piednippie, SA Sandy loam
Research organisaton
Funding source

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Barley grass continues to be a major grass weed in cereal cropping regions on upper Eyre Peninsula (EP). Swathing a cereal crop involves cutting the cereal crop and weeds into windrows at between 20 and 40% grain moisture and allowing it to dry after cutting. Having the weed seeds cut and in the windrow before the seed heads shatter and before t… read more

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial No treatment
Yaninee, SA
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Barley grass continues to be a major grass weed in cereal cropping regions on upper Eyre Peninsula (EP). Swathing a cereal crop involves cutting the cereal crop and weeds into windrows at between 20 and 40% grain moisture and allowing it to dry after cutting. Having the weed seeds cut and in the windrow before the seed heads shatter and before t… read more

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial No treatment
Condada,
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Adoption of Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) in the low rainfall zone (LRZ) of the Southern Region is very low. The GRDC-funded project ‘Application of controlled traffic in the low rainfall zone’ is evaluating whether or not this scepticism is justified. To help LRZ growers answer the questions and uncertainties they face when thinking abou… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil Compaction
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Calcareous red sandy loam
Research organisaton
Funding source

Aims:

Adoption of Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) in the low rainfall zone (LRZ) of the Southern Region is very low.

The GRDC-funded project ‘Application of controlled traffic in the low rainfall zone’ is evaluating whether or not this skepticism is justified. To help LRZ growers answer the questions and uncertainties they face when thi… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil Compaction
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Calcareous red sandy loam
Research organisaton
Funding source

Aims:

The majority of farms in low rainfall areas use sheep to provide enterprise diversity, however grazing also offers a range of other system benefits that are generally not accounted for in mixed farming enterprises. Studies have shown that grazing offers a useful tool for managing weeds and pests, improving crop nutrition and yields and providing… read more

Crop type: Medic 2 trials Fertiliser Rate Grazing Regime Sowing Rate
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red sandy loam
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Funding source

Aims:

The majority of farms in low rainfall areas use sheep to provide enterprise diversity, however grazing also offers a range of other system benefits that are generally not accounted for in mixed farming enterprises. Studies have shown that grazing offers a useful tool for managing weeds and pests, improving crop nutrition and yields and providing… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Grazing Regime Sowing Rate
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red sandy loam
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To test whether soil fertility and health could be improved under a higher input system (e.g. higher fertiliser and seeding rates, establishment of improved pasture) compared to a lower input and more traditional system (district practice seed and fertiliser inputs, volunteer pasture).

The six year (2008-2013) rotation of: wheat, wheat… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Grazing Regime Sowing Rate
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red sandy loam
Research organisatons
Funding source

Aims:

This is part of a new South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) funded project. It aims to maximise canola productivity through creating soil specific management strategies that improve canola yields, profitability and establishment in field trials on lower and upper Eyre Peninsula. In 2013, seven separate trials were conducted at Minnipa A… read more

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Timing Sowing Method
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Loam
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After an increase in Rhizoctonia research over the last decade, our understanding of this difficult to manage disease has increased substantially. The aim of the project summarised in this article is to use the latest findings from this Rhizoctonia research to demonstrate the collective value of ‘best bet’ strategies in broad acre environmen… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fungicide Type
Warramboo, SA Calcareous loamy sand
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