Tactical Wheat Agronomy for the West

Page last updated: Thursday, 4 April 2019 - 11:11am

In 2018, over 10million tonnes (estimated) of wheat was harvested in Western Australia. The Tactical Wheat Agronomy for the West project has the role of increasing industry profitabiliy by delivering up to date information that supports the best management practices for WA's wheat growers. Through this work, the productivity and profitability of the wheat industry will continue to grow.

The project is jointly supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). Research is carried out in trials across the grain growing region of WA. Findings from these trials are shared at the GRDC Research Updates, field days, grower group meetings as well as on social media, namely Twitter.

Information on currently grown, recently released and near to release wheat varieties is provided to growers and advisors through a series of decision support tools including the Wheat Variety Sowing Guide and MyCrop.

The research themes for 2018 were:

  • Tactical agronomy
  • Long season wheats
  • Continuous wheat
  • Assessing varieties for Falling Number Index and pre-harvest sprouting (PHS) risk.

The experiments were undertaken across the grain growing region of WA. Results are available throught the Grains Industry Western Australia (giwa.org.au) website.

Useful information from the project

Some helpful information produced by the project includes:

The wheat agronomy team

Our project conducts trials and works with growers across the entire grain growing region. Our staff and their locations are listed below. Contact details for key research and development staff are included at the bottom of the page.

Alternatively, you can follow some of our team members on Twitter (handles below). A wide range of wheat agronomy information and updates of trials are shared here.

  • Geraldton
    • Christine Zaicou-Kunesch - Research Officer @CZaicou
  • Merredin
    • Bob French - Senior Research Officer @bobfrench14
    • Dion Nicol - Research Officer
  • Katanning
  • Esperance
    • Jeremy Curry - Research Officer @JC6450