Developing an oilseeds industry for Northern Australia – Trial compendium

  • Broadacre cropping


The Developing an oilseed industry in Northern Australia project was established to primarily investigate options for oilseed production in Northern Australia and the associated agronomic factors impacting upon crop outcomes.  During the project, a range of traditional and alternative oilseed crops were trialled over winter, spring, and summer cropping periods.

Initial trials conducted by Savannah Ag were primarily located at the at the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Walkamin Research Station in the Atherton Tablelands region of north Queensland.

Trials conducted by Farmacist were primarily located in the Burdekin and Mackay regions and had a primary focus of integration of oilseeds within north Queensland sugarcane farming system(s). Mackay trials were located at the Farmacist: Professional Grower Network trial site. The site is fully irrigated via an overhead sprinkler system and the soil type is classified as a “silty Sandiford”: silty loam A horizon and a clay B horizon. Burdekin trials varied in location over the winter, spring, and summer trial periods. As per standard Burdekin farming practices all sites were furrow irrigated.

This compendium provides a detailed overview of these trials.