Minnipa Agricultural Centre

The Minnipa Agricultural Centre (MAC) was established on 13 May 1915. MAC is situated 600 km by road northwest of Adelaide in the District Council of Wudinna on Central Eyre Peninsula.

MAC is comprised of a farming property and a SARDI agricultural RD&E team including Agronomy and Livestock research expertise. It serves the low rainfall (<350 mm annual) cereal and sheep growing areas of Eyre Peninsula – an area that represents about 12% of the total value of cereal production in the state, or about $200 million (ABS 2006/07).

MAC farm is 1200 ha of calcareous light sandy loam with occasional patches of limestone and lighter rises, 1000 ha of which are arable. Approximately 75% of MAC is cropped annually.

The main function of the MAC farm is to conduct, monitor and analyse broad scale RD&E programs in crop, soil, pasture and livestock management to increase the profitability and resilience of low rainfall mixed farms on the EP. MAC conducts these activities whilst demonstrating innovative new technologies and best practice farm management practices for low rainfall environments.

The SARDI low rainfall agricultural RD&E team has 15 staff based at MAC. These staff collaborate with grower groups and conduct RD&E activities across upper Eyre Peninsula from Nundroo in the west to Cowell in the east and Murdinga/Wharminda in the south.

SARDI

MAC is operated by the South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI). SARDI is the research business group within the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia.

The SARDI Agronomy program within Crop Sciences https://pir.sa.gov.au/research/research_specialties/crop_sciences/agronomy and the SARDI Pastures program within Livestock Sciences https://www.pir.sa.gov.au/research/research_specialties/livestock_sciences/pastures both have teams of researchers and RD&E projects based at MAC.

Dr Rhiannon Schilling, SARDI Agronomy Program Leader

Project Partners

Historically, the major MAC investment partners have been the South Australian State Government through SARDI, the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) and the South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) and the University of Adelaide. This partnership base has expanded over recent years to include several other partners including the Australian Government, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), Ag Excellence Alliance and the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board.

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