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Improved sampling methods to better predict nutrient availability and supply for soils in the Western Region
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Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart
By June 30 2020, a new methodology(s) for collecting soil samples will increase the accuracy of determining plant available nutrients in Western Region soils and result in growers making better fertiliser decisions.
This GRDC investment is to:
• By 30 June 2020, complete a series of field and glasshouse experiments evaluating the accuracy of different soil sampling methodologies to measure plant available nutrients. Measurements should include;
• Spatial and depth accuracy.
• Timing of the collection of samples and its effect on plant availability of nutrients and fertiliser responsiveness.
• Number of samples collected within a paddock to accurately assess plant availability of nutrients.
• By 30 June 2020, a report to GRDC and extended to industry outlining a new soil sampling methodology that improves the detection of plant available nutrients and improves grower decision making.
• By March 2018, and each subsequent year, an Annual Progress Report detailing the key findings of the project for the reporting period.
• By June 2020, a Final Technical Report amalgamating the key findings, new knowledge and conclusions of the project to provide an overall interpretation of the work.
Tenderers must familiarise themselves with further information found at https://grdc.com.au/Apply/Current-Tenders/ Improved sampling methods to better predict nutrient availability and supply for soils in the Western Region including terms and conditions of participation, required form of response and draft contract.
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.
July 2017 to June 2020
By portal submission only at https://access.grdc.com.au/