Figure 2 Australian growers' adoption
Figure 1 Australian growers' benefits
The proportion of Australian growers claiming to have benefited from grains research reached 77 percent nationally, exceeding the 2005-06 target by 7 percent. Benefits directly attributed to GRDC initiated programs increased 2 percent from 66 percent to 68 percent in 2005-06.
Other GRDC successes for 2005-06 included:
- successfully establishing National Variety Trials (NVT) across all the major grain-growing regions of Australia
- facilitating the formation of a single national barley-breeding program
- facilitating the formation of a single national pulse-breeding program
- making substantial progress towards commercially sustainable, world-leading wheat-breeding programs
- entering into a joint venture with Philom Bios Inc. of Canada to commercially develop new soil inoculant products
- developing with the Bureau of Rural Sciences a framework to report on the Australian grains industry's contribution to ecologically sustainable development
- improving the alignment between GRDC activities and the objectives of our key customer groups-the Australian Government and Australian graingrowers-as well as other stakeholders, including grower organisations and research partners
- improving collaboration with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico
- cooperating with other R&D corporations (RDCs) and providing information to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry regarding the Australian Government's Uhrig-based review of the governance arrangements of all statutory authorities, including the RDCs.
Figure 4 GRDC R&D investments in 2005-06
Figure 3 GRDC performance
Farming profit margins were squeezed in 2005-06, in particular by higher input costs associated with fuel, fertiliser and transport, and by lower grain prices.
To meet the challenge of achieving a profitable and environmentally sustainable Australian grains industry, in 2005-06 the GRDC continued to work with industry and R&D partners to:
- formulate a nationally coordinated approach to grains R&D, to reduce fragmentation and duplication and to ensure maximum leverage for R&D expenditure
- maintain current levels of R&D expenditure, and evaluate and agree on a balanced total grains R&D portfolio in which there is no duplication or fragmentation
- develop an industry-wide agreement on the evaluation and development of genetic modification technology as it applies to the Australian grains industry
- support the development of superior varieties and best farming practices, to ensure graingrowers remain competitive and profitable and that maximum value is returned to growers
- encourage cross-industry cooperation on common issues and challenges facing the Australian grains industry
- develop improved information delivery channels, including an enhanced GRDC customer database to more effectively deliver relevant information to identified stakeholder groups.
Five years at a glance
|Number of full-time GRDC staff positions||50||46||43||42||38|
|Estimated number of grain farmsa||37,122||37,841||38,574||38,802||38,466|
|Number of grain crops covered by R&D levies||25||25||25||25||25|
|Estimated gross value of production||$8,613m||$7,000m||$9,800m||$4,746m||$7,968m|
|Total grain production-summer and winter crops||43,042,000
a. ABARE estimates for the total number of broadacre farms planting more than 30 hectares per annum for grain production