This collaborative project with industry is led by the South Australian Research and Development Institute and aimed to deliver new technologies and knowledge to farmers on where and how to apply fungicides in soil relative to seed, for minimising grain yield losses caused by the rhizoctonia barepatch disease. Rhizoctonia Solani AG8 is the soil pathogen causing disease of cereals in southern Australia, with annual production losses estimated at $77 million.

As a collaborative partner, the Barbara Hardy Institute at UniSA provided the key engineering component of adapting furrow application technologies for liquid fungicides on both narrow point and disc no-till seeding systems, and implemented the specialised field experiments.

Seeding machine 

Farming equipment

Project funding

This project was funded by the Grains Research and Development Council (GRDC) for four years (2011-2014).

For further information, please contact Jacky Desbiolles.