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Strategic Research & Development Plan 2012-17

RD&E priorities

To ensure that its RD&E investments deliver the outcomes that the Australian grains industry needs over the life of this five-year strategic plan, the GRDC has identified the key RD&E priorities of Australian grain growers, the wider grains industry and the Australian Government, and considered them in the context of the Grains Industry National RD&E Strategy and other national priorities for rural RD&E and innovation, to develop the investment themes and outcomes of this strategic plan.

Industry priorities

During the development of this strategic plan, the GRDC identified the RD&E priorities of Australian grain growers and the wider grains industry through:

  • a range of consultation meetings with Grain Producers Australia, regional research advisory committees, agribusiness reference groups, grower groups, grower representative organisations and individual grain growers
  • activities and GRDC discussions with organisations such as Wheat Quality Australia, Barley Australia, Pulse Australia and the Australian Oilseeds Federation, as well as traders and marketers in general.

Consultations were also undertaken with RD&E providers, individual researchers, scientists, and organisations that provide goods and services to the grains industry, to identify new opportunities in knowledge and innovation to address industry needs.

The GRDC has adopted the industry‚Äôs overarching priorities as its themes for investment for 2012–17. Table 2 shows the key industry priorities for 2012–17.

Table 2 Grains industry priorities

RD&E priority Objective
Meeting market requirements Understanding market opportunities for Australian grain.

Crop and variety selection aligned with market requirements.

Crop production aligned with market requirements.

Grain harvest and storage practices aligned with market requirements.
Improving crop yield Genetic yield potential and stability improvement of:
  • cereal varieties
  • pulse varieties
  • oilseed varieties.
Protecting your crop Effective, sustainable and efficient management of:
  • weeds
  • vertebrate and invertebrate pests
  • cereal rusts
  • cereal (non-rust), pulse and oilseed fungal pathogens
  • nematodes
  • viruses and bacteria.
Biosecurity and pesticide stewardship.
Advancing profitable farming systems Knowing what is important (key business drivers).

Planning strategically (building system benefits and rotations).

Responding tactically (individual crop agronomy).
Improving your farm resource base Understanding and adapting to climate variability.

Improving soil health.

Managing water use on dryland and irrigated grain farms.

Understanding and valuing biodiversity.

Communication of sustainable production methods.
Building skills and capacity Grains industry leadership and communication.

Capacity building in the extension sector and the R&D sector.

Capacity building for growers.
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