Grain project funds

Countryman - - NEWS -

Three projects have been ear­marked for fund­ing through the Coun­cil of Grain Grower Or­gan­i­sa­tions’ lat­est grants.

The CSIRO, Dr David Bowran and Ko­jonup grower group South­ern Dirt re­ceived $49,044, $27,500 and $30,000 from the or­gan­i­sa­tion re­spec­tively, af­ter be­ing se­lected from 31 ap­pli­cants.

The CSIRO plans to an­a­lyse the down­fall of aphids through nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring fungi through a one-year re­search project.

Mr Bowran plans to eval­u­ate high-vigour re­duced tiller­ing wheat over two years, col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment and Aus­tralian Grain Tech­nolo­gies.

South­ern Dirt will use its fund­ing for a one-year sum­mer crop­ping pro­gram fo­cused on im­prov­ing ce­real yields.

COGGO chair­man Chris Wilkins said each round strived to “as­sign funds to the most valu­able of re­search projects to the in­dus­try”. Re­search is funded by COGGO mem­bers, who con­trib­ute 0.5 per cent of their net farm-gate re­turns.

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