Robust ground cover to enable resilient low rainfall mixed farms

Project Location
Project Manager
Naomi Scholz
Start Date
August 2022
Finish Date
June 2024
Funding Source
MSF via Future Drought Fund Innovation grant
Funding Amount
SARDI, EPAG Research
Lead Researchers
Amanda Cook (SARDI), Andrew Ware (EPAG Research)


This project will demonstrate, evaluate and communicate farming innovations that are not widely adopted by low rainfall farmers but have been proven in other regions or are close to market. Adoption will build resilient groundcover to protect the natural capital of the 10+ million hectare low rainfall mixed farming region of the Mallee and Eyre Peninsula. While the focus of previous projects has been to ensure groundcover targets are met to minimise soil erosion in dry seasons, this project will also ensure resilient groundcover is maintained to enable farmers to quickly regain production potential when the drought breaks.
To maximise project impact, we will deploy an innovative extension and communication program with a unique mix of traditional activities (e.g. field days, workshops, written reports) and new methods through a digital extension hub containing video logs, podcasts and virtual tours and interactive 3D models of sites to connect busy and time poor farmers.
On Eyre Peninsula, we are investigating the use of long coleoptile wheats (EPAG Research) and seed priming (SARDI).
Read about what MSF are up to with this project here.

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