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 2018
327 published trials
175 uploaded trial reports
63 trial sites
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Ameliorating a deep repellent sand at Murlong increased wheat performance substantially in 2018

David Davenport, Mel Fraser (Rural Solutions SA), Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI) and Brett Masters (Rural Solutions SA)

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To:

  • determine if physical intervention and soil mixing improved grain yield on a sandy soil on eastern EP,
  • compare deep ripping with inclusion plates to spading,
  • determine if deeper ripping improved results, and
  • identify if the addition of fertilisers or organic material (OM) provide additional … read more
Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Type Soil amelioration Rate Soil amelioration Application
Murlong, SA
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To identify the best break crop options for different climate, soil type and biotic stress situations within major cropping regions of the southern low rainfall zone.

Crop type: Break crops 1 trial Crop Type Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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Legume pastures have been pivotal to sustainable agricultural development in southern Australia. They provide highly nutritious feed for livestock, act as a disease break for many cereal root pathogens, and improve soil fertility through nitrogen (N) fixation. Despite these benefits, pasture renovation rates remain low and there are opportunitie… read more

Crop type: Mixed species 1 trial Crop Type Inoculant Rate Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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Legume pastures have been pivotal to sustainable agricultural development in southern Australia. They provide highly nutritious feed for livestock, act as a disease break for many cereal root pathogens, and improve fertility through nitrogen (N) fixation. Despite these benefits pasture renovation rates remain low and there is opportunity to impr… read more

Crop type: Mixed species 1 trial Crop Type Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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In southern Australian mixed farming systems, there are many opportunities for pasture improvement, providing positive impacts to both cropping and livestock systems. Dryland legume pastures are necessary in low to medium rainfall zones to support productive and healthy livestock, along with optimal production in crops following these pastures. … read more

Crop type: Mixed species 1 trial Crop Type Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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To determine the impact of different fertiliser products and placement relative to the seed on crop emergence, crop WUE and grain yield.

Crop type: Wheat 2 trials Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Fertiliser Application
Nunjikompita, SA Piednippie, SA
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To report on a summary of paddock surveys of harvest weed seed collection samples taken in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as a part of the GRDC Stubble Initiative project ‘Maintaining profitability in retained stubbles on upper Eyre Peninsula’ (EPF00001).

 

Crop type: No crop specified 6 trials Harvest
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Mudamuckla, SA
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To determine the potential toxicity of the fungicide P-Pickel T (PPT) to rhizobia applied as a commercial inoculant (peat and freeze-dried) on field pea (R. leguminosarum, group F) in field conditions in a soil with a low rhizobial background.

Crop type: Field peas 1 trial Fungicide Type Fungicide Timing Fungicide Application
Minnipa, SA
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Improving crop establishment in a non-wetting sand with soil wetting agents

Jack Desbiolles (University of SA), Lynne Macdonald (CSIRO), David Davenport (Rural Solutions SA), Mel Fraser (Rural Solutions SA), Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI), Brett Masters (Rural Solutions SA)

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To investigate water repellence mitigation options at seeding. The trial aims to identify the driving chemistries (surfactants vs humectants) and application techniques (furrow surface, vs seed zone) that are better able to lift crop responses under local sowing conditions. This article reports on the Year 1 data, with more work being planned f… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Type Soil amelioration Rate Soil amelioration Application Soil amelioration Timing
Murlong, SA
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To identify crop safety levels and economic risk of pre- and post-emergent herbicide use on lentil across different soil types and environments in the southern low rainfall zone. This project builds on previous GRDC-funded projects, including DAV00113 (southern region pulse agronomy).

Crop type: Lentils 1 trial Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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To identify plant varieties or mixtures that can increase dry matter production of the pasture break phase on the highly alkaline soils of upper Eyre Peninsula. Current cropping and grazing systems are mostly based on monocultures and the potential feed base of the break phase could be broadened to be more productive for grazing and available fo… read more

Piednippie, SA

Important Caution The results of this trial may have been impacted by unusual or adverse events
Animal grazing
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Barley grass weed density was monitored in three paddocks on upper EP (Minnipa Agricultural Centre (MAC), Heddle’s at Minnipa and Wilkins’ at Yaninee using an UAV during the 2017 (EPFS Summary 2017, p 83) and 2018 growing seasons at three different timings, with paddock transects conducted to verify grass weed density in paddocks.

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Crop type: Vetch 2 trials No treatment
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Yaninee, SA
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To determine whether adding extra nitrogen (N) at GS31 will bring benefits above the current standard practice of only applying nitrogen at or near sowing in three different Eyre Peninsula (EP) environments.

 

Crop type: Wheat 3 trials Fertiliser Rate Variety Type
Cummins, SA Lock, SA Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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To assess a range of commercial rhizobia inoculant products, application strategies and sowing times to provide growers with recommendations that ensures adequate nodulation and nitrogen fixation in dry sown crops.

 

Crop type: Break crops 1 trial Crop Type Inoculant Type Inoculant Rate Inoculant Application
Minnipa, SA
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<abbr title='Grains Research and Development Corporation'>GRDC</abbr> South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT)

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To develop predictive formulas that can be used by growers to estimate in-season soil moisture at different depths and crop nutrient content from proximal sensing (PS) data.

Crop type: Wheat 6 trials Variety Type
Cummins, SA Lock, SA Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Nunjikompita, SA Piednippie, SA
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To assess barley grass weed seed capture by swathing and weed seed capture in chaff dumps after harvest, to determine how effective these practices can be in contributing towards an IWM program for barley grass on upper Eyre Peninsula.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Harvest Timing
Hardy Hill Rd, SA
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Trafficking a heavy Minnipa soil does not hurt crop production but beware on deep sands

Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI), Peter Fisher (AgVic), Chris Bluett (ACTFA) and Rebecca Mitchell (AgVic)

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This article summarises the first four years of crop performance after trafficking was imposed on a red calcareous sandy loam at Minnipa Agricultural Centre (a detailed summary of 2015, 2016 and 2017 results can be found in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems Summaries, respectively). Three other trials similar in design and m… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil Compaction Soil amelioration Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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To identify the current best oaten hay variety for the Kimba area to maximise production and quality.

Crop type: Oats 1 trial Variety Type
Cliff, SA
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To investigate the threshold temperatures to kill weed seeds, and the temperatures achieved when burning crop residues in various formats to faciliate weed seed control of problematic weeds in low rainfall cropping systems. 

Crop type: No crop specified 1 trial Stubble Management
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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To investigate swathing early then harvesting for weed seed collection to evaluate usefulness for farmers in providing another tool for integrated weed management, especially for barley grass that matures and sheds seed before crops ripen.

Crop type: Wheat 3 trials No treatment
Condado, SA Minnipa, SA Yaninee, SA
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To focus on the impact of trafficking by heavy vehicles on crop production and soil condition, as well as monitoring how quickly LRZ soils will "self-repair" if heavy trafficking is stopped. Issues of implementing CTF and managing permanent wheel tracks are being addressed in other components of the project.

Crop type: Vetch 1 trial Crop Type Soil Compaction Soil amelioration Application
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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To assess the potential of fluid nutrient delivery systems and disease control strategies compared to current systems.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Fertiliser Timing Fungicide Type Fungicide Rate Fungicide Application
Coulta, SA
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To build on previous research by updating knowledge of the benefits, including disease control and nutrition, of fluid delivery systems.

Crop type: Wheat 2 trials Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Fungicide Type
Streaky Bay, SA Warramboo, SA
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The broad aim of this 3 year SAGIT funded project was to investigate if current management tools for medic based pastures, such as herbicides, fertilisers and rhizobial inoculants, are affecting N fixation by medic pastures under field conditions typical of the upper Eyre Peninsula.

Crop type: Medic 3 trials Fertiliser Rate Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Piednippie, SA Pingbong, SA
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Barley grass weed density was monitored in three paddocks on upper EP (Minnipa Agricultural Centre (MAC), Heddle's at Minnipa and Wilkins' at Yaninee) using a UAV during the 2017 growing season at three different timings, with paddock transects conducted to verify grass weed density in paddocks.

Crop type: Wheat 2 trials No treatment
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Yaninee, SA
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To evaluate the impact of water and N co-limitation on grain yield of wheat under different N and water availability and to assess the genotypic variability in the main parameters.

 

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Irrigation Rate Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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District wheat trials

Jacob Giles, Andrew Ware and Ashley Flint (SARDI)

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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
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District wheat trials

Jacob Giles, Andrew Ware and Ashley Flint (SARDI)

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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
Elliston, SA
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To compare grain yield and grain quality of a mid-late maturing variety (Trojan) and two early-mid season maturing varieties (Mace and Scepter).

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Timing Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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There has been increasing interest from growers and agronomists in low rainfall farming regions to evaluate alternative break crop options to field peas. Field peas are generally well suited to low rainfall farming systems and have historically been the main pulse option for the upper Eyre Peninsula region. However, relatively high prices, produ… read more

Crop type: Field peas,Chickpeas,Faba beans,Lentils 4 trials Crop Type Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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To build on previous research by updating knowledge of the benefits, including disease control and nutrition, of fluid delivery systems. 

 

Crop type: Wheat 2 trials Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Fungicide Type
Streaky Bay, SA Warramboo, SA
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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.

 

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fungicide Type Fungicide Method
Coulta, SA
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A long-term study was established at the Minnipa Agricultural Centre from 2008 to 2016 (EPFS Summaries 2008 to 2015) to assess the systems impact of grazing on crop and pasture production, and soil health. 

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Grazing Regime Sowing Rate
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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Tp summarise the first two years of crop performance after trafficking was imposed on a red calcareous sandy loam at Minnipa Agricultural Centre (a detailed summary of 2015 results can be found in the EPFS Summary 2015, p197). Three other trials similar in design and monitoring have also been implemented across the LRZ – on a deep sand at Lo… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil Compaction
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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To assess the impact of soil nutrition, current herbicides, adjuvants and rhizobial inoculants on N fixation by medics under field conditions typical of the upper Eyre Peninsula. This article reports on the second year of field trials in this three year SAGIT funded project. First year results are available in the Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems … read more

Crop type: Medic 1 trial Crop Type Fertiliser Rate Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Pingbong, SA
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To assess the impact of soil nutrition, current herbicides, adjuvants and rhizobial inoculants on N fixation by medics under field conditions typical of the upper Eyre Peninsula. This article reports on the second year of field trials in this three year SAGIT funded project. First year results are available in the Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems … read more

Crop type: Medic 1 trial Crop Type Fertiliser Rate Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Piednippie, SA
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To analyse the impact of sowing date and variety on the phenology and grain yield of faba beans and lentils in upper Eyre Peninsula.

Crop type: Faba beans,Lentils 2 trials Crop Type Sowing Timing
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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To investigate the impact of grazing, soil nutrition and rhizobial inoculants on dry matter production, nodulation and N2-fixation of a regenerating medic pasture under field conditions.

Crop type: Medic 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Inoculant Type Variety Type
Piednippie, SA
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Management of group A herbicide resistant barley grass in pasture phase

Ben Fleet (University of Adelaide), Amanda Cook (SARDI), Chris Preston and Gurjeet Gill (University of Adelaide)

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  • To investigate legume pasture options for controlling group A (ACCase inhibitors) resistant barley grass (GRDC project UA00149).
  • The trial also looked at the impact of these pasture treatments on a subsequent wheat crop and compared one vs. two consecutive years of legume pasture on barley grass management in the absence of gr… read more

Crop type: Vetch,Medic 2 trials Grazing Timing Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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This article summarises the outcomes of several Mn trials conducted on upper Eyre Peninsula over the last two years.

Crop type: Barley 2 trials Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Form
Piednippie, SA
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To develop improved AB disease control management strategies through the use of fungicides.

Crop type: Field peas 2 trials Fungicide Type Fungicide Rate Fungicide Timing
Hart Field Site group, SA Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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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 Agricultural Centre, SA
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The aim of this project (SAGIT S914) was to:

  • Provide a genuine legume break crop option for cereal and mixed farmers in the marginal cropping areas of South Australia. Focusing on Western Eyre Peninsula, the Upper North and the Murray lands/Mallee.
  • Trial advanced common vetch lines with specific targeted traits in re… read more
Crop type: Vetch 2 trials Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Piednippie, SA
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To investigate the potential non-chemical options for managing barley grass in a crop is increasing crop competition by reducing row spacing and increasing sowing rate.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Method Sowing Row spacing
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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To test the efficacy of a range of experimental (unregistered) foliar fungicides against the above strategy in controlling blackspot in field pea in three major production areas of South Australia.

 

Crop type: Field peas 1 trial Fungicide Type Fungicide Rate Fungicide Timing
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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Important Caution The results of this trial may have been impacted by unusual or adverse events
Heat event
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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: Wheat,Barley 2 trials Variety Type
Wharminda, SA
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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: Wheat,Barley 2 trials Variety Type
Elliston, SA
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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: Wheat,Barley 2 trials Crop Type Variety Type
Cowell, SA
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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: Wheat,Barley 2 trials Crop Type Variety Type
Port Kenny, SA
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There has been increasing interest from growers and agronomists in low rainfall farming regions to evaluate alternative break crop options to field peas. Field peas are generally well suited to low rainfall farming systems and have historically been the main pulse option for the upper Eyre Peninsula region. However, record high prices and new va… read more

Crop type: Field peas,Chickpeas,Faba beans,Lentils 4 trials Crop Type Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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