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Grain Solutions for Central Queensland

01 November 2011

AUSTRALIA - The Queensland Government is investing $4.2M into delivering improved grain production systems in Central Queensland.

Along with additional funding support from the Grains Research Development Corporation of $1.8M the project is developing more efficient production processes.

Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) General Manager of Crop and Food Science research, Dr Paul Grieve said that the Central Queensland grains industry produces an increasing proportion of Queensland's grain production and that maximising and ensuring long-term production potential from this region will lead to long-term regional benefits.

"A more profitable and environmentally sustainable grains industry in Central Queensland will ensure the long-term growth and development of this important regional sector for Queensland," Dr Grieve said.

"The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation will work with growers, consultants and industry networks in the Central Highlands and Dawson/Callide areas to develop best management practices for sustainable grain production.

"Growers today are currently producing more grain per mm rainfall that they did 20 years ago due to opportunity and zero till cropping, increasing use of precision technologies and improved crop varieties.

"The future of this regional industry and the future prosperity of associated businesses will benefit from the application of new technologies and knowledge to further improve the number of tonnes of grain produced per mm of rainfall."

Dr Grieve said that rainfall variability, fertility rundown and soil erosion were key issues affecting the sustainability of cropping in Central Queensland.

"This project will develop new integrated cropping systems that will address these current and future production constraints.

"Systems will include crop sequencing and weed and soil fertility management including increasing the adoption of legumes for long-term improvements in soil fertility.

"Increased adoption of diagnostics and integrated nutrient planning and management will also be important approaches."

Best practice solutions will be developed and delivered through crop evaluations, on-farm monitoring, workshops and information packages and importantly industry collaboration and networks.

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