Hyper Yielding Crops
a GRDC national investment
The GRDC’s new Hyper Yielding Crops (HYC) initiative, led by FAR Australia, is a four-year investment spanning five states (Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and Western Australia) which aims to push the economically attainable yield boundaries of wheat, barley and canola.
The HYC initiative involves five research centres of excellence, and attached to each of these are five focus farm paddock trials and an innovative grower network charged with taking research and development learnings from small plot to paddock scale. Growers are being invited to join these networks and host paddock-scale trials on their properties to enable a “seeing is believing” participatory approach to the research.
Through this new investment, high yield potential cultivars suited to local environments will be identified and the most appropriate agronomic management tactics – including paddock selection and preparation, canopy management, disease, weed and pest control, and crop nutrition strategies – will be explored to assist grower and adviser decision making.
To underpin the “whole community of interest” concept, a HYC awards program is being established. It is hoped that the HYC awards will encourage everyone with an interest in increasing productivity to get involved. Project leaders are seeking nominations of 10 wheat paddocks per region for the HYC awards – 50 in total – to enable growers to benchmark the agronomic performance of their crops.
The HYC awards, Focus Farm paddock strips and the innovative grower network involves TechCrop working with the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI) at Federation University Australia and four farming groups across the country; Southern Farming Systems (SFS) in Tasmania and Victoria, MacKillop Farm Management Group (MFMG) in SA, Riverine Plains Inc in NSW, and Stirling to Coast Farmers in WA.
HYC is a collaborative initiative also involving:
Growers, advisers and others wishing to become involved in the HYC initiative can contact their respective state project officers:
- Victoria – Ashley Amourgis of SFS, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tasmania – Naomi Hender of SFS, email@example.com
- SA – Jen Lillecrapp of MFMG, firstname.lastname@example.org
- NSW – Kate Coffey of Riverine Plains Inc – email@example.com
- WA – Dan Fay of Stirling to Coast Farmers, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information, please contact Project Leader Nick Poole (email@example.com) or Extension Coordinator Jon Midwood (firstname.lastname@example.org).