GRDC Research, Development and Extension Plan 2018-23

GRDC Key Investment Target 1.2


Growers in frost-prone regions manage their farm businesses to minimise the impact of frost on yield and profit.

  • Growers are aware of their options to manage frost.
  • Growers understand the risks and economic consequences of frost management decisions.
  • The innovation pipeline to tackle the constraint of frost includes digital agriculture, agronomic
    tools and genetics.
Improved pre-season planning for frost

Growers make optimal decisions on crop choice, placement and sowing in frost-prone cropping regions.

  • 1.2.1
    Growers have more accurate knowledge of the pattern and severity of frost events across the cropping landscape.
  • 1.2.2
    Growers and agronomists use knowledge of the frequency and distribution of frost/cold events to guide crop and variety selection, crop placement and planting decisions.
  • 1.2.3
    The grains industry has access to accurate information about the relationships between the severity and timing of frost events and their impact on yields of major grain crops.
  • 1.2.4
    Growers have accurate information on the impacts of stubble load and soil management on frost severity.
  • 1.2.5
    Growers have access to varieties with improved yield in frost-affected cropping regions.
  • 1.2.6
    Plant breeders have tools to effectively reduce the frost sensitivity of major grain crops.
Informed in-season management decisions

Growers optimize type and timing of crop inputs in frost-prone cropping regions to minimize the impact of frost.

  • 1.2.7
    The grains industry has improved in-season forecasting tools to better predict frost events and guide risk management decisions.
  • 1.2.8
    Growers have improved knowledge of the economic value of modifying different in-season management practices to reduce frost-related yield losses.
  • 1.2.9
    Growers have access to novel and innovative in-season frost protection products.
Effective post-frost responses

Growers make informed decisions regarding extracting value from frosted crops.

  • 1.2.10
    Growers have access to accurate measurement tools to quantify yield loss following frost.
  • 1.2.11
    Growers have knowledge of the economic value of different salvage options and management practices which can be applied to frost-affected crops.
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