Oaten hay trial in the Wimmera
Agrifutures data has revealed that in 2015, Australia exported 936,329 tons of fodder worth an estimated $383-million.
Given the importance of the export fodder market as a viable diversification option for farmers, Agrifutures, formerly Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, has invested $22-million in developing agronomic packages to strengthen the product’s position in the export market.
Birchip Cropping Group extension officer Alison Frischke said BCG was involved in the development known as the National Hay Agronomy project.
She added that given the extensive area the project would cover the project involved many partners.
“The project covers Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. It began in July 2018 and will run over four years,” she said.
“Project partners include Department of Primary Industries and Regional Developments, DPIRD, Western Australia, South Australian Research and Development Institute, SARDI, Agriculture Victoria, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, NSW DPI, and grower groups.”
BCG will have an oaten hay trial at its Kalkee
site in 2019 where it will investigate oat varieties and nitrogen management.
“There are nine varieties being investigated including Mulgara, Wintaroo, Yallara, Brusher, Carrolup, Durack, Forester, Williams and 05096-32. Nitrogen rate and timing will also be examined,” Ms Frischke said.
Collectively, the national project aims to improve agronomic guidelines to maximise oaten hay production and quality, clarification of the potential for plant growth regulators in oaten hay production and updating disease management guidelines for oaten hay.
• Agrifutures is an Australian agriculturefocused organisation focused on the nation’s agricultural future with representatives living and working regional areas and representing the interests and aspirations of farmers and rural communities.
Backed by the Federal Government, its vision is to grow the long-term prosperity of Australia rural industries through projects that attract skilled professionals and leaders into the sector, addressing future sector issues via research and analysis and providing research and development support for small but established and emerging industries.
People seeking more information about the National Hay Agronomy project can call the BCG office on 5492 2787.