Facts

  • Wheat production is an important industry in Australia worth over $5 billion annually. Australia exports around 70% of its crop.
  • Though yields are generally low compared to other wheat-producing areas, the Australian grain is often superior in quality and commands a high price on the international market.
  • The most important constraint to wheat production in Australia, and at the same time a key reason for the superior quality, is water scarcity. However, towards the end of the growing season, the risk of severe drought is high and often coincides with high temperatures, further reducing yield and quality, both major threats to the industry.
  • Average wheat yield losses due to heat stress in Australia has been estimated at 10-15%, representing a loss of $300M-400M per year.
  • In the last decade, Australia has suffered multi-year droughts and, based on FAO statistics, yield in 2006 dropped by 46% below the average 1960-2010 yield levels.

ARC publication – ‘Making a difference: Outcomes for ARC supported research’

2017–18

Low cost precision agriculture for Aussie farmers

 

GRDC publication – ‘GroundCover’

GroundCover™ Issue: 138 January – February 2019

Dawn of the wheat genomics era
 
 
GroundCover™ Issue: 131 November–December 2017
Hub takes variety advances to a new level

 

 

7 News Adelaide on Twitter – Oct 2018

Adelaide University helping drought stricken farmers

Media releases

https://www.unisa.edu.au/Media-Centre/Releases/2018/Smart-drones-and-deep-learning-deliver-low-cost-precision-agriculture-for-Aussie-farmers/#.XD1nt2lS8kJ

https://www.flowfm.com.au/post/2018/07/18/identifying-cereal-issueswithdrones?p=1476

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-smart-drones-deep-low-cost-precision.html

https://dronesforhire.com.au/news-read/187/Agriculture/Smart%20drones%20and%20deep%20learning%20deliver%20low-cost%20precision%20agriculture%20for%20Aussie%20farmers

https://news.developer.nvidia.com/ai-and-drones-help-farmers-detect-crop-needs/

https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/5421640/grain-farmers-to-benefit-from-drone-advancements/

https://news.developer.nvidia.com/ai-and-drones-help-farmers-detect-crop-needs/

2015 – Wheat Hub launch

Radio interview: The hunt for superior wheat. Radio interview on the ARC research hub and wheat research in Australia (2015).

www.sbs.com.au/shop/bookscover?RBKSS/in/english     

http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/german/episode/449209/ “Funding boost to wheat research; Radio Adelaide live interview on the objectives of the Research hub (2014). https://radio.adelaide.edu.au/funding-boost-to-wheat-research/”

ARC Website:   http://www.arc.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/new-research-hub-improve-our-wheat-industry

Stock Journal: http://www.stockjournal.com.au/news/agriculture/cropping/grains/sa-home-to-114m-grains-hub/2743188.aspx

Newsmaker: http://www.newsmaker.com.au/news/36945/new-research-hub-to-boost-5-billion-wheat-crop#.VfZ92fmqpBc

Nine News: http://www.9news.com.au/technology/2015/09/11/12/01/drough-resistant-wheat-a-step-closer

SBS: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/09/11/drough-resistant-wheat-step-closer

http://www.msn.com/en-au/foodanddrink/foodnews/drought-resistant-wheat-a-step-closer/ar-AAeaDQS

Yahoo News: https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/29497411/drough-resistant-wheat-a-step-closer/

Gallery

Annual meeting 2017

Hub launch 2015