Agronomy

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Agronomy Science Program integrates:

  • new variety and breeder line evaluation
  • agronomic research research into variety management and performance, herbicide tolerance, crop nutrition and soil management
  • market quality evaluation capabilities in crop improvement.

We work towards increasing farm productivity by:

  • facilitating the delivery of high yielding, profitable grain varieties that are well adapted to a range of soil types, environments and farming systems
  • conducting field research on:
    • crop varietal biotic and abiotic stress tolerance and adaptation
    • crop agronomy and management
  • providing accredited, unbiased information to farmers on crop variety performance and specific management guidelines to achieve the full potential of new varieties.

The program includes all major winter field crops, including:

  • cereals (wheat, barley, oat)
  • pulses (field pea, lentil, faba bean, lupin, chickpea)
  • oilseeds (canola).

We have an extensive network of field research sites on private farms and research centres across the grain producing districts of southern Australia. This coverage:

  • ensures the local relevance of crop variety and management information
  • facilitates successful, rapid adoption of new varieties and technology by producers.

Our team comprises 35 professional and technical support roles in a network of regional research teams. We have offices, laboratories, workshop facilities, and mobile field crop research equipment based at:

  • Struan
  • Loxton
  • Waite
  • Clare
  • Minnipa
  • Port Lincoln.

Our research and capacity building in local farming systems groups includes:

  • the MacKillop Group (South East)
  • Hart (Mid North)
  • Yorke Peninsula Alkaline Soils Group (YPASG)
  • Lower Eyre Agricultural Development Association (LEADA)
  • Mid North High Rainfall Zone Group and Eyre Peninsula Agricultural Research Foundation (EPARF).

The science program has 4 subprograms:

  • Cereal agronomy and new variety evaluation
  • Pulse agronomy and herbicide tolerance
  • Agronomy of low rainfall farming systems.
  • Integrated farming systems in the medium rainfall zone

Acting Program Leader

Dr Phil Davies
Agronomy
SARDI Crop Sciences

GPO Box 397 Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: 0427 012 130
Email: phil.davies@sa.gov.au

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