Grain and Graze North: Dual purpose peanuts for Northern Australia

Broadacre Cropping
Strategic policy development
Supply chain development
Reference number
CRCNA funding
Total project value
Project length
3 years
Finish date
Project Status
Project Manager
Ian Biggs


  • Central Queensland University (CQUniversity)
  • Peanut Company of Australia Pty Ltd
  • Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF)
  • Northern Territory of Australia Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade (DITT)
  • TRAP Services
  • Burdekin Bowen Integrated Floodplain Management Advisory Committee Inc
  • CH Cotton growers & Irrigators Association Inc
  • Vanderfield
  • AgForce Queensland Farmers Ltd
  • Rockhampton Regional Council
  • Central Highlands Development Corporation Limited


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