[ASC-media] SCOPING THE FUTURE FOR WA GRAINS: GRDC Grain Flash attached

BRENDON CANT brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Mar 25 02:30:36 CET 2009


March 25, 2009






SCOPING THE FUTURE FOR WA GRAINS: Current grains industry challenges are
associated with the efficient use of resources in a climate of rising costs
and growing awareness of environmental impacts, according to Dr Fran Hoyle,
Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) research scientist and member
of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Western Region
Panel.



"Potential future scenarios for WA farming could involve retirement of
marginal cropping land and a greater emphasis on rainfall capture and water
use efficiency," Dr Hoyle said.



"There is a need to explore ways of increasing the effective rooting zone of
cropping plants and pastures to utilise the soil resource more efficiently,
helping reduce input costs and maximising productivity.



"Future yield increase is underpinned by understanding future climate, the
development of new and lower energy intense technologies and smarter use of
inputs," she said.



In 2007-2008, GRDC invested $12 million nationally in agronomy, soils and
environment research, which includes sustainable farming initiatives.

Contact: Dr Fran Hoyle, Mob 0419 260 590

GRDC REF: GrainFlash March 25 2009.doc/Paulsen060309

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