National Agronomy Sesame Trials


The project will conduct research and development activities that encourage growers to adopt sesame into the cropping rotation by delivering confidence in the production system. The key research and development challenges that have been identified and that will be addressed through this project, aim to bring this ancient oil seed into the 21st century. Modelling of tactical agronomic activities, assessment and strategies to manage pests, will be key activities to deliver a robust production system that is profitable, sustainable, and gives growers confidence in growing Sesame. The work will focus on northern Australia in year 1 with southern zones to be considered in years 2 and 3 where there is grower and industry support to see Sesame being integrated into new and existing farming regions and systems. There will be up to 6 different environments where these trials will be conducted, and by doing so allows the selection of the best variety for each region to maximise its potential growth. This research will deliver best management practice outcomes for growers, so they can have clear guidelines on what variety to grow, when and under what conditions will maximise productivity and profitability. The 3 year goal is to see an Australian sesame industry harvesting towards 50,000 tonnes worth a conservative $70 Million.


New and Emerging Industries

Research Organisation

Savannah Ag Research Pty Ltd trading as Savannah Ag Consulting

Objective Summary

Establish optimum sowing dates for irrigated sesame across a number of regions. Identify optimum density for a range of sesame varieties.

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Project Start Date

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Project Completion Date

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

NEI - New and Emerging Industries - M1