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 Winter Walk 2021 - new dateHART WINTER WALK - August 11, 2021

NEW DATE!

Join us at this free event for four great sessions; long term P management, new herbicides (panel session), native bees & beneficial insects working for free on your farm plus current season GM canola observations & management strategies.

Registrations are essential.

To register or download the program and for more information about how we're managing the COVID situation ► WINTER WALK



Hart Beat 56HART BEAT 56 - July 23, 2021

The second edition of the 2021 growing season is out now!

Including 8 sites across the Mid-North of SA, Hart Beat provides wheat and hay yield predictions using both the Yield Prophet® and French & Schultz models.

You can find every edition of this newsletter (since 2009) here  ► HART BEAT

 

 

 



Declan Anderson - Hart's 2021 Regional InternWHEAT IN THE BIRDCAGE

Septoria tritici blotch (STB) - what is it really and why should you care?

And what is the birdcage reference all about...?

Find out more about this new research project and other Hart news in a report from Declan Anderson, Hart's regional intern  ► WHEAT IN THE BIRDCAGE

More updates to come throughout the season.

 


 



Hart sponsorship; how we help you connectSPONSORSHIP FOR 2021/22 IS NOW OPEN

If you offer products, services or support to the broadacre cropping industry, then Hart is the place for you!

Packages start at $3K and all include display space in the main marquee at the Hart Field Day.

We have a limited number of places available so please get in touch now; you'll find contact details for our sponsorship team here ► SPONSORS

 

 

 


 

Hart intern, Declan Anderson, measuring rainfall in 2021Rainfall variability - new trial at Hart in 2021

"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've 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 already making for very interesting viewing.

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

 


 

HART's 'Getting The Crop In' seminar, 2021Getting The Crop In seminar | March 10, 2021

We've recently shared some great post-event resources:
► Podcasts from three of our sessions
► A copy of our guest presenter's visual presentations
► Top tips for managing work / life balance

You'll find them here ► GETTING THE CROP IN



Hart's 2020 Trial Results BookHart 2020 Trial Results

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

If you'd like to purchase a hard copy ($28), please contact us.

 

 

 
 

 

 


 
Hart videosOur video catalogue keeps growing...

Recent additions include:
► Wheat & durum variety update
► Evaluation of chaff lining systems in South Australia
► Improving oaten hay production & quality
► Legume & oilseed herbicide tolerance
► Managment tips for wheat & awnelss variety options
► Using crop competition for effective ryegrass control

You'll find them here ► VIDEOS AND PODCASTS


 

  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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DIARY DATES



2021

Winter Walk
NEW DATE
Tuesday August 11, 2021
9am  |  Hart, SA

Hart Field Day
Tuesday September 21, 2021
Hart, SA

Hart AGM
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
8am via Zoom

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

2022

Getting The Crop In seminar
Wednesday March 9, 2022
8am, Clare, SA

Winter Walk
Tuesday July 19, 2022
9am  |  Hart, SA

Hart Field Day
Tuesday September 20, 2022
Hart, SA

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

 

 

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