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AIR EP Newsletter 16 July 2021

AIR EP Membership

**Correction on process**

AIR EP membership was free for the last financial year as a special introductory offer. Please note that all memberships have now expired.

For those that wish to remain members, or those that are keen to join for the first time, and support locally driven agricultural research on Eyre Peninsula, you will need to sign up again as a member. This is easy to do online.

There are 3 types of membership:

·       Individual - $150 + GST

·       Business (up to 10 members within your business) - $200 + GST

·       Future Farmer for students (secondary and tertiary) – FREE

Click ‘register’ on the membership type that suits you and fill in your details.

Once you register a tax invoice will be mailed to you, and you will be able to access member only content such as the agronomy newsletter and member only events once payment has been received.

Thank you! Your membership demonstrates your commitment and support for locally driven agricultural research, development and extension on Eyre Peninsula.


Resilient EP focus site meetings            

We have been out and about again, this week we visited the Glover's farm at Lock. With the soil water profile all but full the outlook for the Pioneer 43Y92 canola crop is looking good, pending the season's end. Discussion was led by Jake Giles and Andrew Ware, EPAG Research which revolved around nitrogen decisions and timing. The discussion concluded with a plan to implement some large scale N application trials.

  To view the soil moisture probes, visit and click on the soil moisture probe button.

AIR EP AGM Advance Notice

AIR EP will be holding its first Annual General Meeting on Monday 23 August at 1.30pm.

All members are welcome to attend either in person at the Wudinna & Districts Telecentre, 44 Eyre Highway or online via zoom.

This advance notice is to allow time for nominations to the Board by another member (nominations need to be received 28 days before the date of the meeting).

Please contact Executive Officer, Naomi Scholz on or 0428 540 670 for more information.

Rhizo demo site established near Kimba

The GRDC Soilborne Pathogens project, in conjunction with Farmlink, has enabled AIR EP to establish a farmer demo with host Tim Larwood to see whether treating wheat and barley seed with Evergol® fungicide or sowing vetch as a break crop reduces the impact of Rhizoctonia in this season and the following season.

The site was chosen as it showed high levels of Rhizoctonia after being Predicta B tested prior to sowing. This paddock has also shown visual symptoms in the past when sown to cereal. The demo was sown on 14 May using Tim’s machinery. The treatments are wheat and barley with and without fungicide applied to the seed, as well as a sown vetch treatment. They will be monitored throughout the season for bare patch symptoms and root health, as well as yield and grain quality. The whole site will be sown with barley in 2022, to show the greatest symptoms from each of the treatments.

We can't spot any differences at this stage.

Left: barley treated. Right: barley untreated


Small grants for demonstrations  – open now!

Regenerative Agriculture Program small grants are available for increasing soil carbon and reducing wind erosion risk.

Further information on this program and existing grant recipient details, can be found on the EP Landscape Board's Regenerative Agriculture page.

This funding opportunity is supported by the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

Leadership program opportunities

1. 2022 Australian Grain Leaders Program (AGLP)

Applications are now open and further information is available on GrainGrowers website here

2. Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP)
Applications for ARLP Course 29 close on Sunday 29 August 2021. For more information and to apply visit:

3. Stepping into Leadership Program (WoTL)
Expressions of interest close 23 July 2021.
For more information contact Kim Blenkiron, Executive Officer, WoTL Ltd
M 0427 592 243 E

GRDC Grains Research Update – Wudinna 27 July

$30 per person (GST inc.) Morning tea, lunch and proceedings included.


Free pulse and cereal disease diagnostic webinar

10am 10 August 2021

Register to attend a free webinar on how to diagnose and predict pulse and cereal foliar disease. The webinar will also cover what disease issues to look out for in the 2021 season. This approximately 45 minute webinar will be delivered by SARDI pathologists and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any disease questions at the end.
An overview of the SA cereal and pulse disease survey conducted last year will also be provided as well as an update on the surveillance activities for this year.
To register, please click here and you can also let us know if there is a burning disease question or issue you would like us to cover. Please encourage growers and early career agronomists in your networks to register too.
This webinar and the 2021 surveillance activities are gratefully funded by GRDC under project UOA2104-012.


Keep up to date with the latest industry events and AIR EP events.



GRDC Farmer Update
27 July


Annual SANTFA Conference
2 August

Pulse & cereal disease webinar
10 August

Ag Tech Field Day Buckleboo Farm Improvement Group
18 August

GRDC Farm Business Update
19 August
Port Lincoln


AIR EP Lower EP Crop Walk
2 September

Livestock Forum
2 September
Kimba Football Club

SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre Annual Field Day
15 September


Harvest Report Farmer Meetings

28 Feb - 4 March 2022
Upper EP

WoTL Thriving Women Conference
21-22 February 2022
More information

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