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EOI: Prediction tools to quantify yield loss from frost and heat in wheat, barley, canola, chickpeas and lentils

Opportunity for

  • Companies and research organisations, interested in developing and commercialising scale-able digital farming products to improve grower decision making on frost and heat management in wheat, barley, canola, chickpeas and lentils.

Industry challenge:

Spring radiation frosts and heat shock events are major constraints to grain production in Australia. Despite the widespread adverse impact of these constraints there is limited knowledge of the yield losses caused by frost and heat events of variable severity and duration, at different stages of development, in different crop types and in field conditions with variable soil moisture profiles in spring.

There is a need to develop improved knowledge of the yield losses associated with frost and heat events in wheat, barley, canola, chickpeas, and lentils, and to deliver the benefits of that information to growers and advisers sustainably and at scale. This investment would underpin the development of new risk management products.

A key pathway to impact is through the development and commercialisation of new digital farming/decision aids and risk management products in the Australian market.

Current opportunity:

Companies and research organisations interested in partnering to support:
(a) Development of scale-able approaches to quantifying the severity, timing and duration of spring frost and heat events at the sub-paddock scale across Australian grain growing regions

(b) Development of prediction tools capable of quantifying yield loss associated with frost and heat events in wheat, barley, canola, chickpeas and lentils at different stages of development and at the sub-paddock scale across Australian grain growing regions; and

(c) Based on the above objectives, development and commercialisation of scale-able digital farming products capable of improving grower profit from improved decision making on frost and heat risk management in wheat, barley, canola, chickpeas and lentils at sowing time, and in-crop.

Additional considerations:

• GRDC will consider applications that focus only on wheat, barley, and canola, and/or propose addressing chickpeas and lentils in a separate and/or subsequent phase of work

• Applications must have at least one commercial partner involved to ensure a path to market

• Commercial partners and/or research organisations may be listed in more than one application

• International commercial partners and/or international research organisations may apply

• GRDC is focussed on supporting the development of solutions that benefit Australian grain growers but is open to discussing development and commercialisation opportunities that match the interests of international applicants

• GRDC will be open to exploring exclusive arrangements depending on the level of cash, in-kind, and background IP contributed by applicants as well as their market presence in Australia.

For further information on the opportunity or to apply, click through the link on the side of this page.

Potential other applications:

GRDC encourages applicants to also consider partnering with commercial businesses that enable the benefits to flow through to grain growers via different channels, market segments and product offerings. For example, this may be via the development of ancillary yield forecasting products, risk management products and/or other product offerings that deliver on the objective listed in section 3.1 (c) of the EOI document.

Opportunity type

Seeking interest

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3 August 2021
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Readiness

Early (TRL 1-4)
Describes the challenge or opportunity being pursued and undertakes preliminary R&D to determine if the concept is feasible.
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Project led by

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Grains Other rural industries Pulse grains

Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)

GRDC's purpose is to invest in RD&E to create enduring profitability for Australian growers. We invest in projects and …

Multiple industries
Grains Other rural industries Pulse grains
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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Opportunity for

  • Individuals and companies building a technology-enabled early stage business with application to Australian grain growers
  • Equity investors interested in exploring co-investment opportunities relevant to the Grain Innovate Fund
  • Led by

    Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Seeking investment

  • Readiness
    Mid (TRL 5-7)
    Proof of concept in the laboratory then in the field resulting in the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).

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