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Adoption of new crop varieties is important to growers wishing to benefit from the advances available in terms of yield, disease resistance and/or quality. With high numbers of new varieties entering the market place from the increasingly commercial field of crop breeding, it is critical that unbiased and comprehensive information regarding performance of these lines is provided to growers and the agri-industry to ensure adoption is not only rapid, but also appropriate.
DAW717 - Soil & surface water management for profitable crops & pastures on waterlogged & saline land
The project investigated the ability of raised beds (RB) to: a) prevent waterlogging; b) enhance leaching; c) minimise capillary rise; d) reduce on-site recharge; and e) restore profitable cropping and pasture growth on waterlogged and saline land.
Intensive research during the 1990s stimulated rapid expansion of the pulse industry in Western Australia (WA). The amount of information and number of varieties available rapidly expanded and more growers participated in the industry.
Lupin breeding continues to support the lupin industry by producing varieties with improved grain yield, disease resistance, herbicide tolerance and quality. There were a number of significant developments in lupin breeding which included the national release of a new narrow-leafed lupin variety, Mandelup, the introduction of marker assisted selection for anthracnose resistance, identification of a high protein narrow-leafed lupin line that should create new market opportunities and higher returns to growers, potential release of two yellow lupin lines and identification of one albus line for release that should allow the albus industry in Western Australia (WA) to be re-vitalised.
Dough quality is essentially the suitability of wheat grain for a specific end product, such as bread making. Trace elements are involved as activators of enzyme in plants and grain and, as such, are suggested to affect grain quality.
This northern project, in conjunction with a southern and western project, was initiated to progress the outcomes of the GRDC project DAW440 and implement routine pulse quality testing into the breeding programs around Australia.
CSO205 - Maximising the efficiency of potassium and nitrogen use and profits by matching supply to crop demand
Crops in Western Australia (WA) have relied on natural soil reserves of potassium (K) for their nutritional requirement since land clearing. This practice is unsustainable because Κ is a major nutrient required in relatively large amounts by crops and WA wheatbelt soils are old, coarse textured and low in K.
DAN405 - Development and safe use of grain storage chemicals - Component 7- Resistance monitoring and management (Southern Region)
Post-harvest cereal grains are protected from insect infestation during storage by a range of methods including silo hygiene, grain fumigation, grain protectant insecticides and aeration cooling of grain.
Animal Control Technologies Australia developed MOUSEOFF® Zinc Phosphide Bait# to provide the grains industry with an effective, safe and cost effective mouse control option. The product can be used at all stages of crop growth to reduce the development of ‘plague’ mice populations.
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