National Hay Agronomy project


Export oaten fodder is a 1 Mt sector, valued at $400M p.a., delivering stronger financial return for producers than other crop rotation alternatives. Western Australia is the largest oat growing region and provides 40% of Australia’s exported oaten hay. South Australia exports a similar quantity of oaten fodder. Victoria and New South Wales are the other key exporters. Current fodder yield (t/ha) and quality are both highly variable, and updated crop management guidelines for current varieties can (1) increase productivity (2) improve fodder quality and (3) reduce risk. AgriFutures is investing through Australian Export Fodder Program to influence grower practices and strengthen Australia’s position as a supplier of choice for quality oaten fodder within our export markets. The current proposal offers three activities to improve production and fodder quality. It will provide growers with variety selection and nutrition advice. It will provide updated disease management guidelines for oaten hay crops based on current research knowledge. It will assess the role of Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) as a tool to manage lodging in high yielding environments. The proposal is led by Georgie Troup, oat research agronomist; it brings together Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), Agriculture Victoria, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and Grower Groups. This team brings research expertise, technical rigour, geographic reach and common methods that underpins a national approach and provides AgriFutures with greater certainty from their investment.


Export Fodder

Research Organisation

Western Australian Agriculture Authority, a body corporate established under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007

Objective Summary

The Export Fodder industry seeks investment in research, development and extension (RD&E) that delivers improved product quality and also increases the productivity of growers. This proposal will deliver: (1) By June 2023, the export fodder industry will have improved agronomic guidelines to maximise oaten hay production and quality (e.g. variety selection, nutrition, optimum seeding date to increase quality and decrease risk). (2) By June 2023, the export fodder industry will have updated disease management guidelines for oaten hay crops by reviewing existing disease management knowledge, developing new inpaddock recommendations for Red Leather Leaf and Septoria, and refining rust control recommendations. (3) By June 2021, the export fodder industry will have a report clarifying the potential for growth regulators in oaten hay production. We are proposing a 5year investment (including a research review with key stakeholders after 3years of investment).

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Project Start Date

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Project Completion Date

Friday, June 10, 2022

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National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

FCR-Hay Agronomy