Research and Extension Projects

FAR has numerous research projects in Australia that involve working with many collaborators. Research funding comes from the wider Australian grains industry, Grain Research Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Australian Government. These projects have resulted in FAR having an extensive network of research and farming group contacts across Australia.

Hyper-yielding Cereals

A GRDC funded project which aims to increase average red feed wheat yields in Tasmania from 4.4 t/ha to 7t/ha by 2020 and to have 10% of commercial Tasmanian feed wheat crops yielding 14t/ha by 2020. Research results are presented annually at a major field day. The results booklets and information presented can be read below:

Irrigation & Soil Amelioration

A GRDC funded project that aims to develop and validate soil amelioration practices to realise the genetic potential of grain crops grown under a high yield potential, irrigated environment in the northern and southern regions.

Collaborators: Irrigated cropping council (ICC), New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI).


GRDC Optimising HRZ cropping

This project is funded by GRDC with the objective of optimizing HRZ cropping in the Western and Southern regions.

Collaborators: Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) (Project leaders) & Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).


New Fungicide Actives

This project falls under the Curtin University and GRDC bilateral agreement with a range of bait trials for benchmarking fungicide sensitivity.

Collaborators: Centre for Crop Disease Management (CCDM), Curtin University.


GRDC Time of Sowing

This project aims to improve the performance of early sown wheat using Near Isogenic Lines (NILs) to identify the perfect “ideotypes" for early planting.

Collaborators: CSIRO (project leaders), Birchip Cropping Group and Southern Farming Systems.


Foliar fungicides for barley and faba beans

Trials to evaluate experimental foliar fungicides in barley and faba beans.

Collaborators: Agrichemical manufacturer.


Foliar fungicides for Septoria and Tan spot control

Trials to evaluate experimental foliar fungicides for Septoria and Tan spot control.

Collaborators: Agrichemical manufacturer.


Foliar fungicides for blackleg control

Trials to evaluate experimental foliar fungicides for blackleg control in canola.

Collaborators: Agrichemical manufacturer.