Ground Cover Supplement : GC Supplement - Profitable pulses and pastures
What drives or hinders the adoption of break crops by growers? Why do you, or don't you, grow break crops? This is the question the GRDC will ask growers and their advisers this year to understand why the adoption of break crops has been slow across Australia's cropping regions. Cropping surveys reveal progress in incorporating alternative crops has been limited, and in some cases non-existent, in most of Australia's cropping areas, despite significant GRDC investment in break-crop genetics, disease and agronomic management. Research results clearly show the financial and farming system benefits that break crops bring when part of a crop sequence. However, there is evidence that growers are not planting break crops because they believe they have low or variable profitability or higher risk compared with cereals. The GRDC has commissioned a study to understand more broadly the full range of factors (agronomic, financial, risk, climatic, logistical or other) that influence decisions around growing break crops. By engaging with growers and advisers, this study will aim to uncover the attitudes, motivations, knowledge, abilities and overall perceptions that enhance or impede the use of break crops. This knowledge will inform and help target future research, development and extension investments to better address agronomic, financial and attitudinal impediments that are identified as limiting the adoption of break crops. The study will involve interviews and group workshops with growers and advisers across all cropping areas during early 2015. If you receive a phone call or an invitation for an interview or workshop, the GRDC strongly encourages you to participate. Your input will help ensure the GRDC can better invest grower levies to see break crops become more productive and profitable. GRDC Research Code DER00020 More information: Pam Watson, 0418 380 105 The studies will be conducted by Down to Earth Research.
GC Supplement - Climate forecasting
GC Supplement - Foliar fungal diseases of pulses