Crop plantings set the stage for record harvest from 2022-23 winter season

Winter crop plantings in 2022–23 have already been tallied at the second highest on record at 23.432 million hectares just a smidgeon under the record 23.450 million hectares planted last year – with more paddocks to be added If growers that endured three of the driest seasons on record starting back in 2017-18 believed they were due […]

Australian grains, pulses and oilseeds are making inroads into Pakistan

Australian canola, chickpea, lentil and wheat exporters now have improved market access into Pakistan following successful technical negotiations between the two countries. Recent negotiations have delivered really positive outcomes for local growers and exporters, leading to improved selling opportunities. One obvious major achievement from the talks has been the resumption “of canola exports to Pakistan, […]

Breeding program to strengthen $590 million chickpea export industry

A national chickpea breeding program has been launched under the banner of Chickpea Breeding Australia, to be based in Tamworth NSW. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has launched its latest Chickpea Breeding Australia program to improve chickpea production across Australia. Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the Australian Government’s […]

Chickpeas that offer high-yields and drought-resilient

A global study led by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and involving scientists from The University of Western Australia has identified genes that can be used to develop drought and heat tolerant chickpeas. The discovery has important implications for global malnutrition with chickpeas seen as a major solution. Chickpeas are […]

Chickpea production set to soar as growers catch on to new variety

A pioneering, multi-nation research collaboration is expected to unlock valuable new opportunities for chickpea production in Australia. Researchers supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) have collected and multiplied wild chickpea species from the Middle East to build a unique genetic resource from which important traits are being screened for potential incorporation into […]