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'Ripper Gauge' Demonstration Sites in the Western Region
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Growers in each port zone will use the demonstration sites to increase knowledge and adoption of deep ripping and controlled traffic farming used for alleviating non-wetting soils, compaction and waterlogging on their particular soil types and farming systems.
1. ‘Ripper Gauge’ sites
Establishment of demonstration (Ripper Gauge) sites in each port zone. These sites will complement other research sites managed by DPIRD in DAW00242. 4 sites will be established on 4 of the major soil types in each port zone.
Some treatments to include in the ‘Ripper Gauge’ sites are (but not limited to):
• Deep working seeding points
• Deep ripping
• Inversion ploughing
• Rotary spading
• No de-compaction treatments
• Grower practice.
These demonstration sites are demonstration ‘Ripper Gauge’ sites, with measurements to be conducted:
• Basic soil tests prior to the break of season each year
• Penetrometer tests (prior to treatment and prior to the break of season each year)
• Greenseeker® NDVI over sites to determine crop growth and density differences
• Harvest yield results
• Annual and end of project economic analysis.
2. Annual Report delivered by 28 February 2019 and 2020
3. Final Report delivered to GRDC by February 2021.
Tenderers must familiarise themselves with further information found at https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/current-procurement including terms and conditions of participation, required form of response and draft contract (Services Agreement).
1. The Applicant must be a single legal entity or recognised firm of partners.
2. The Applicant must be financially viable. For the purposes of this condition, “financially viable” means that the Tenderer has not had any of the following events occur in respect of it:
a. a meeting of creditors being called or held within the past five years;
b. the appointment of a liquidator, provisional liquidator or administrator within the past five years;
c. the appointment of a controller (as defined in section 9 of the Corporations Act (2001)), or analogous person appointed, including in respect of any of its property within the past five years;
d. a failure to comply with a statutory demand in respect of the payment of any debt;
e. an inability to pay debts as they fall due or otherwise becoming insolvent;
f. becoming incapable of managing its own affairs for any reason;
g. taking any step resulting in insolvency under administration (as defined in section 9 of the Corporations Act 2001);
h. entering into a compromise or arrangement with, or assignment for the benefit of, any of its creditors, or any analogous event.
3. The Applicant and any proposed subcontractor must be compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
4. The Applicant must include in its application details of any known circumstances that may give rise to an actual or potential Conflict of Interest with GRDC in responding to this procurement. The Applicant's response will be taken into account in the evaluation.
February 2018 to February 2021
By portal submission only at https://access.grdc.com.au/