Agricultural research and extension since 1982
Hart is South Australia’s premier agronomic field 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.
New look website
You may have noticed our website has undergone a mini makeover... We'd love to hear what you think.
The Hart Board - new members
Following our AGM on April 4th, we're very pleased to welcome Simon Honner and Deb Purvis to the Hart board. We look forward to introducing them properly in our next Hart News email.
Unfortunately that means we're saying farewell to Ed Hawker and Stewart McIntosh who have completed their terms. Both have been fantastic contributors to our group and we thank them sincerely for generously sharing their time and expertise.
Hart Trial Results
The full 2016 TRIAL RESULTS book is now available to download for free, either article or by article or as a full publication.
Attention early career farmers (0-8 years)
Join us for a three workshop series with specialist guest speakers covering weed ID & control, soil & crop nutrition and sustainable farming in practice. Includes a final day road trip. For more details see our flier on our OTHER EVENTS page. Registrations will open soon.
2017 Regional internship in applied grain's research
Congratulations to Dylan Bruce who's just joined the Hart team!
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.
Get your copy of this full colour, comprehensive booklet, including five very different farmer stories, when you attend the Hart Spring Twilight Walk on October 18th or 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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