Welcome to Hart

Agricultural research and extension since 1982

Our Values   Our purpose   Our vision


Hart is South Australia’s premier agronomic field trial 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.

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.

Hart, where good farmers gather
Why visit Hart?
Hear from us and other growers in this short video
Hart - where good farmers gather

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.



What's new?

VIDEO: New herbicides for managing ryegrass in cereals with Professor Chris PrestonWe promised video from our mini-events and the first one is out now!

with Prof Chris Preston, University of Adelaide

Hear from Professor Chris Preston, University of Adelaide, as he shares the latest on new herbicides for managing ryegrass in cereals.
We've also included his answers to questions from the audience.
This video was recorded live at Hart at our mini-event 'Managing Weeds' on September 15, 2020.

We'll be releasing our next video very soon.

You can find more videos from Hart on our YouTube channel: Hart Field-Site Group


Hart Beat 54Hart Beat 54 - yield predictions for 8 Mid-North sites

Our fourth and final edition for 2020 is out now.

You can read it here ► HART BEAT 54

Previous editions ► HART BEAT NEWSLETTERS






Testing, testing... Say 'hay' to Hart's intern - Brianna Guidera

Testing, testing... Say 'hay' to Hart's intern

Find out more about what our 2020 Regional Intern, Brianna Guidera's working on, in particular, our National Hay Agronomy & Soil & Plant Testing for Profitable Fertiliser Use trials.

In this edition you'll find some preliminary hay yield results and an update on the status of current soil and plant testing paddock data.

You can find it here ► UPDATE 3

Or see previous editions ► TESTING, TESTING... SAY 'HAY' TO HART'S INTERN


Hart membership 2020 / 2021


Memberships are usually renewed at the Hart Field Day but obviously that couldn’t happen this year. However, we’re still providing great value and we’d love to have you back.

Your membership is just $35. It helps us offer Hart events and provide resources free or at very low cost and also supports the research we conduct both on and off-site.

It includes a copy of the 2020 Hart Field Day Guide  featuring all of this year’s trial info (we’ll post it out to you).

Sign up here ► HART MEMBERSHIP


Small group and individual tours are welcome at Hart (bookings essential) but we're closing soon for harvest.

Each visitor receives a copy of the annual Hart Field Day Guide featuring all trial information and automatically becomes a Hart member.

PLUS, each trial is signposted with a QR code - simply scan it while on-site with your phone or tablet and all the info you'll need will pop straight up.

Find out more ► HART FIELD DAY


Join the Hart team


Hart is proudly managed by a board of volunteers, all with a passion for broadacre agriculture.

With a deliberate mix of farmers and other professionals from across the ag industry, board members collectively provide a vast range of skills, experience and networks to the group.

We cover a broad geographical area too as our team farm and work across a large part of the Mid-North of South Australia and beyond.

Nominations are now open, so if you're passionate about broadacre agriculture and the work we do at Hart, you could be a perfect fit for our team.

*Applications close 5pm on November 16, 2020. Elections will be held at the Hart AGM on November 17, 2020.

Find out more ► THE HART TEAM


2020 Hart Field Day Guide


While the traditional Hart Field Day didn't happen this year, we still have a full program of trials and the Hart Field Day Guide provides trial layouts and supporting articles, additional articles and more from the Hart team.

Our 2020 Hart Field Day Guide is available to download FREE, either in full, or by individual article. It's a fantastic resource!

You'll find it here ► 2020 HART FIELD DAY GUIDE





Hart AGM, November 17, 2020


Our AGM will be held at 7pm on November 17, 2020 via Zoom and we'd love to see you there.

Please register with Sandy to receive a link to join the Zoom meeting.
0427 423 154  |  admin@hartfieldsite.org.au

All financial members are eligible to vote.



Declan Anderson - Hart's 2021 Regional Intern


Declan (pictured) is originally from a broadacre cropping farm at Ouyen in the north western Victoria mallee region and will join our team for two years from February 2021.

He is currently completing his degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Adelaide and has already gained some valuable trial site research experience through his work with Frontier Farming Systems... Find out more ► CAREERS


  Hart Healthy FarmersHART HEALTHY FARMERS

Looking after your physical and emotional health is important to us and we hope it's important to you too.

We have a designated page on our website to share health and wellbeing resources and while it hasn't been updated for a while, we have lots of new content from local health services and other partners ready to roll out.

So watch out for updates around the 5th of each month ► HEALTHY FARMERS

Tell us what you'd like to see next ► admin@hartfieldsite.org.au


HART Grower GuidesGrower Guides

► Ten tips for early sown wheat

► How can you improve pre-emergent herbicide spray coverage in stubble retention systems?

► Which seeding system is most effective?

► Why are nitrous oxide emissions an issue?

► Can soil carbon (C) content can be increased through stubble retention +/- additional nutrients to assist the breakdown of stubble?

Read or download your free copies here ► GROWER GUIDES

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Hart AGM
Tuesday November 17, 2020
7pm  |  via Zoom


Getting The Crop In seminar
Wednesday March 10, 2021
8:30am  |  Clare, SA

Winter Walk
Tuesday July 20, 2021
9am  |  Hart, SA

Hart Field Day
Tuesday September 21, 2021
Hart, SA

Spring Twilight Walk
Tuesday October 19, 2021
5pm  |  Hart, SA



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