Inaugural SA grain sustainability baseline report released

More than 85 per cent of South Australian grain producers who took part in Grain Producers SA’s (GPSA) inaugural Baseline Report are taking action on environmental sustainability.

For the first time, in 2022 grain producers in South Australia were surveyed specifically on environmental sustainability credentials and attitudes at a farmgate level for the South Australian Grain Industry Environmental Sustainability Baseline Report.

GPSA Chief Executive Officer Brad Perry said the baselining survey was completed by 120 grain producers across South Australia.

“This initial survey is an important step in looking at how South Australian grain producers are approaching environmental sustainability on-farm,” said Mr Perry.

“Consumers, financiers, and markets through the global supply chain are increasingly demanding more sustainable grain and as the peak representative body for South Australian grain producers, we want to be able to better understand where we can provide education and support for producers to take advantage of these demands.

“Almost half of the respondents believe sustainability will be critical to their market access in the next five years, while more than 50 per cent surveyed want the South Australian grain sector to take the lead on sustainability.

“The survey found that serious challenges remain with carbon farming, with 61 per cent of grain producers surveyed stating that either they weren’t sure or don’t believe carbon farming is an important issue.

“On the flip side, only six per cent of those surveyed are using remote sensing to make application decisions, meaning that this is a big opportunity for more technology adoption to increase productivity.”

As far as practical applications on-farm, the survey found that 44 per cent of respondents believe having access to Genetically Modified (GM) crops is important to achieving sustainability objectives. Furthermore, 55 per cent consider growing legumes to be part of their sustainability practices. When it comes to soil and crop nutrition, 15 per cent of respondents said they are using split nitrogen applications and 12 per cent are using soil analysis to optimise nutrient application.

To read the full report, click here.