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Optimising plant establishment, density & spacings to maximise crop yield & profit in the southern and western regions
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The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry.
The GRDC seeks to understand crop establishment, density and spacings to maximise canola and pulse yield and profit in the southern and western regions. It seeks to determine the typical rates of crop establishment achieved by growers and factors influencing these. This proposed three and a half year investment, starting early 2018, will deliver a survey of crop establishment, a number of seeder demonstration and comparison trials, and small plot field experimental data over three seasons exploring the opportunity of improved sowing, in terms of reduced seed rates and costs, and increased crop uniformity, yield and profit. The concept of more precise seeding will be tested in three crops with contrasting seed size, canopy development and growth patterns – canola, lentil and faba bean in the south and canola, wheat and lupin in the west. The project also includes development and implementation of an extension and communication plan.
By June 2022, growers and advisers have access to sound agronomic knowledge and supporting data allowing them to improve crop establishment and decrease seed costs with conventional air-seeders for canola, lentil and faba bean in the southern region, and canola, wheat and lupin in the western region, and consider the costs and benefits of precision planters. The initial target of this project is a 30% improvement in establishment of relevant crops and a 5% yield increase over 200,000 ha across the southern and western regions.
This outcome will depend upon current crop establishment rates with commercial seeders, and the potential of seeder enhancements (e.g. precision planters) to improve establishment, reduce seed costs, and increase yield and profit. There could be spill over benefits to other crops - chickpea, field pea and vetch, and barley.
The indicative GRDC investment is up to $2.0 million. The GRDC is focused on delivering value to Australian grain growers; therefore, your application must demonstrate fair market value. GRDC will consider one investment across both regions or two separate investments, one per region. If two separate investments are proposed, applicants should suggest mechanism to ensure collaboration across the regions.
Applying for GRDC investments is now done using the GRDC Grains Investment Portal. Once registered, users can visit the Portal anytime.
To register as a user, please visit https://access.grdc.com.au/
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Complete the Registration Form. Fill in all the fields: your email address, a password and the captcha. Your password must be alphanumeric with at least one special character (i.e. not a letter or number. Click register to continue the process.
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Once you have located this investment, you can commence the application process by completing the details for each field available, until you reach “Submit Application” on the last page.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Denni Greenslade – Business Support Team Leader via email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the online support function available.
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.
5. The Applicant must be a recognised research institution with a proven track record in agronomy, farming systems and/or soil science
6. The Applicant must trade in Australian currency.
30 March 2018 to 30 June 2022
By portal submission only at https://access.grdc.com.au/