Historic $42M Committed for Soil Research to Raise Western Australia Grain Production
Australia’s Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and Western Australia’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) have announced a $42 million research partnership aimed at revitalizing the soils of Western Australia for greater grain grower profitability.
The partners will also invest a further $6 million in three projects designed to lift oat, canola, lupin, and pulse output and value across the state.
The main research partnership is seeking to create new farming practices designed to counter soil constraints including non-wetting, compaction, sub-soil acidity, sodicity, and salinity. By doing so, it is hoped that the initiative also will improve water efficiency, nutrient use efficiency, and ultimately profitability within the grain sector of the state.
Underlying the launch of the new RD&E five-year plan, is the realization that the GRDC needs to undertake risks that will deliver transformative impact for grain growers, and to deliver a return on investment for grower levy payers.