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Improving Australian Export Fodder

A new oaten hay agronomy project from AgriFutures™ Export Fodder Program will support growers to increase productivity, improve fodder quality and reduce production risk with a $2.2 million investment.

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The latest project is set to have industry-wide benefits across producing and processing regions, assisting the industry continue to expand its reach globally and domestically. AgriFutures Australia Program Manager, Research and Innovation, John Smith said the new four-year project will address knowledge gaps in Australian export fodder agronomy and pathology. “It’s a significant project that will focus on hay variety responses to changes in sowing date and nutrition on hay quality, disease impact, management intervention, and how these factors impact on return.

“The project will work across all Australian producing areas, offering variety specific management information which will enable producers to increase productivity, improve fodder quality and reduce production risk.” Project lead and Oat Research Agronomist, Georgie Troup from the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), is looking forward to providing growers with the support they need to enable them to increase the likelihood of meeting export quality demands. “Producers can expect variety selection and nutrition advice, updated disease management guidelines and tools to better manage crops,” explained Ms Troup. “There will be trials located in WA, SA, Victoria and NSW, and we will be working with grower groups in key hay growing regions to tackle regionally specific issues affecting export fodder production. “By collaborating with a team of agronomy and pathology researchers across Australia we will have the best opportunity to answer the key industry questions and support growers.” The oaten hay agronomy project will be delivered in partnership with the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), Agriculture Victoria and the Department of Primary Industries New South Wales (NSW DPI). More details about this research project and others will be discussed at the 2018 National Fodder Conference, to be held in Adelaide from 29 – 31 July 2018.

AgriFutures' John Smith will be delivering a national export fodder levy update at the Conference.

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