Agricultural research and extension since 1982
Hart is South Australia’s premier agronomic field trial site, managed by farmers and industry professionals to provide independent research that is timely, relevant and unbiased, as well as cutting edge and innovative.
Located between Blyth and Brinkworth in South Australia’s Mid-North, Hart is situated on 40 hectares owned by the Hart Field-Site Group Inc.
Soil type at the site is a clay loam grading to calcareous and dispersive clay. Soil pH values which are slighly alkaline are typical for the soil. A number of soil profiles in the area have been characterised for Yield Prophet and in general have a plant available water capacity (PAWC) or 'bucket size' around 180 - 200 mm.
Hart's average annual rainfall is 400 mm with an average growing season rainfall of 300 mm.
Our event calendar begins with our annual Getting The Crop In seminar (March). Our trial program is then the focus of our remaining events, all held on site; the Winter Walk (July), main Field Day (September), and at our Spring Twilight Walk (October). Other workshops and demonstrations are also run to further extend research projects to growers.
Independence, relevance, integrity, credibility, professionalism, value for money and generosity.
To deliver value to growers and make agriculture better (in productivity, sustainability & community).
To be SA’s premier cropping field site, providing independent information and skills to the agricultural community.
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Hart Beat 41 is out now
Hart Beat is back for the ninth year! The first edition for 2017 is out now and features yield predictions for eight sites of varying soil type and rainfall across the Mid-North of South Australia. It's not a crystal ball but it is a really valuable tool to use when making operational decision throughout the growing season. HART BEAT NEWSLETTERS
Have you been farming long?
We're inviting early career farmers (with 0-8 years experience) to register for a fantastic 4-part workshop series to be run at Hart. Use it to learn new skills or refresh your knowledge.
We have some great guest speakers and will cover topics like in-season weed ID and control, soil fertility and crop nutrition and sustainable farming in practice. Plus we'll take you on a road trip!
For all the details, head to our OTHER EVENTS page. Registrations close June 27 - numbers are limited.
Brucey's Banter - Time of Sowing (ToS) trial update
ToS trials have gained momentum over the past few seasons as a way of improving grain yields by pairing the right variety and seeding date. Over the next few months our regional intern Dylan Bruce is going to keep you up to date by sharing his observations from a new GRDC project. BRUCEY'S BANTER
Meet the Hart team
It's now even easier to get in touch with Hart board members and staff. Find out more on THE HART TEAM page of our website.
Getting good weed control from standing stubble - new video
Remember our recent workshop 'GETTING GOOD WEED CONTROL IN STANDING STUBBLE'?
A 3 minute clip has been put together from footage taken on the day and shows just what we covered. You'll also hear from our R&E manager Sarah Noack, and spray guru Bill Gordon.
Head to our OTHER EVENTS page for the link.
Thanks to SAGIT for making this video available.
GRDC Grains Research Update, Spalding - August 9th, 2017
We're pleased to be supporting this event run by the GRDC. Set the morning aside for now (lunch provided) and watch this space for more details closer to the date.
Hart long-term SEEDING SYSTEMS trial - a summary of 16 years of research
“Sixteen crops later this trial has remained one of the most popular in our program.” Hart vice-chairman Justin Wundke.
If you'd like a copy of this full colour, comprehensive booklet, including five very different farmer stories, you can download it here: HART LONG-TERM SEEDING SYSTEMS TRIAL.
We've just undertaken a review of our 5 year strategic plan and one of our focuses for the next 12 months or so will be on you - to make sure we're meeting your expectations and delivering exactly what you need from us. We'll be providing opportunities for you to tell us what you think we do well, what you think we need to do better and what you think we've missed altogether. If you already have some thoughts you'd like to share we'd love to hear from you - all feedback will be greatfully received. PROVIDE FEEDBACK.
Search the Hart website
Have you noticed the new search bar at the top right hand side of our website? We hope it you'll find it useful, particularly if you're researching trial results for a particular topic.
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