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

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?

HART Regional Internship In Applied Grains Research APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

Since 2016, we've been working with some outstanding ag graduates through our Regional Internship in Applied Grains Research program.

The have lived, worked & played in the beautiful Clare Valley for a year and have felt part of the team from the minute they arrive.

Apply now for your opportunity to join us, starting in February / March 2023.

You'll find all the details, including eligibility, salary and what to include in your application on here.

Applications close at 5pm on August 26, 2022.

To find out more about the internship program and hear from previous Hart interns, check out the Careers page of our website ► CAREERS

Hart workshop: Improving climate risky decision making 2022IMPROVING CLIMATE RISKY DECISION MAKING

August 2, 2022

We are really pleased to be able to bring you this comprehensive update on what’s new in weather and climate information.

With a practical element...

Guest presenters Peter Hayman (Climate Applications Scientiest, SARDI) and Barry Mudge (Low Rainfall Farmer & Consultant) are also going to spend time looking at local historical data and predictions, then give you some tools that help use that information to aid on-farm decision making in the short, medium and longer term.

UPDATE! Independent climatologist Darren Ray (heard on ABC's Talkback Gardening with Jon Lamb and the Country Hour) will now be joining Peter Hayman & Barry Mudge to present at this workshop. 

Don't miss out - click here to register ► REGISTER NOW

HART BEAT 61 | July 12, 2022HART BEAT #61
It's our second edition for 2022.

For the last fourteen years, we've provided you with yield prediction updates throughout the growing season at eight Mid-North sites, and this year is no different.

You can read the latest release here ► HART BEAT 61

As a bonus, and as shared at our recent Winter Walk, we've also answered some frequently asked questions about our Hart Beat newsletters as part of a new 'Behind The Scenes' series that will help explain the how and why of some of our trials and research. You can read it here ► BEHIND THE SCENES - ISSUE 1 - HART BEAT AND YIELD PROPHET SIMULATIONS

Previous issues of Hart Beat can be found here ► HART BEAT NEWSLETTERS
(You'll also find links to our annual Yield Prophet performance analysis reports.)

Hart Winter Walk 2022 - follow up resourcesWinter Walk 2022 | Follow-up resources

Thanks to our amazing crowd (the best turnout since COVID) for braving the cold!

Two of our guest presenters have kindly shared their presentations for anyone who wasn't able to make it, or who was there but would like a second look - thanks Bek and Navneet!

Navneet Aggarwal; SARDI Clare

Rebekah Allen; Hart Field-Site Group

You can also find them here ► WINTER WALK

Hart podcast | Getting The Crop In 2022 | Three part seriesPodcast series | Getting The Crop In 2022

EPISODE 1: Grain marketing and the war in Ukraine, with Paul Lange, Centre State Exports

EPISODE 2: Revved up and contract to grow with Keith farmer, Glen Simpson

EPISODE 3: Hart trials & research with Rebekah Allen, Hart

We hope you enjoy them!

Find more podcasts from Hart ► VIDEOS & PODCASTS

Hart's 2021 Trial Results BookHart 2021 Trial Results

The full publication is now available to download FREE, either in full or article by article.






Hart intern, Declan Anderson, measuring rainfall in 2021Rainfall variability at Hart - it's back in 2022

"How much rain did you get...?"
It's a common question, but the answer is sometimes perplexing; your neighbour got 16 mm, yet you only got 10 mm.

We regularly hear growers expressing uncertainty around the varying amount of rainfall recorded across short to medium distances and we've also noticed variation across our own site at Hart.

So we set up a very simple trial to track how much variation occurs. We're presenting the data in some really easy to interprete, colour coded maps (thanks Declan!) and it's really interesting.

You'll find them here (under the 'Live Weather' tab in our main menu) ► RAINFALL VARIABILITY TRIAL

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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Improving climate risky decision making
Tuesday August 2, 2022
9am  |  Blyth Town Hall, SA

Hart Field Day
Tuesday September 20, 2022
Hart, SA

Spring Twilight Walk
Tuesday October 18, 2022
5pm  |  Hart, SA



Getting the Crop In seminar
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
8am  |  Clare, SA

Winter Walk
Tuesday July 18, 2023
9am  |  Hart, SA

Hart Field Day
Tuesday September 19, 2023
Hart, SA

Spring Twilight Walk
Tuesday October 17, 2023
5pm  |  Hart, SA




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