Oaten hay trial in the Wim­mera

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life - BY JEMMA PEARL, BCG

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.

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