Creating a prosperous, sustainable and healthy Northern Australia

Grain and Graze North: Dual purpose peanuts for Northern Australia

Grain and Graze North: Dual purpose peanuts for Northern Australia
  • Reference # A.2.2021083
  • Timeframe 3 years
  • Project Status Current
  • Location Emerald, Burdekin, Tully, Georgetown, Katherine, Douglas Daly
  • Total project value $3,022,246.00
  • Project manager Ian Biggs
  • Research Programs 2. New and developing industries in Northern Australia
  • Beef
  • Agriculture
  • Broadacre cropping
  • Strategic policy development
  • Supply chain development


This project will assess evaluate a range of newly developed peanut varieties suitable for tropical farming systems.

It will undertake research in agronomy, crop physiology, pasture and fodder analysis, agricultural economics and extension to assess the potential of at least three new dual purpose peanut varieties across different agro-ecological zones in Northern Australia.

The research team will undertake farmer participatory field experiments in three overlapping stages to link growers with scientists, agronomists, economists and marketers to facilitate a pathway to adoption and develop farm level decision support tools for graziers and growers.

Expected outcomes

  • Increased knowledge and skills in peanut agronomy across a network of farmers and graziers
  • Upskilling local agronomists to provide long-term support across the north
  • A dual purpose peanut calculator tool will assist farmers in making informed business decision and help with adoption of project outputs.
  • Increased confidence and investment in peanuts (5000ha) as a crop option for graziers and growers which would make a shelling plant in the north a viable investment, while high-quality fodder fodder is crucial for the beef industry to consider investment in local finishing operations.
  • Improved in supply chain efficiencies in Northern Australia through promoting the adoption of dual-purpose peanuts in cropping and grazing enterprises