Development of an Online Farm Trials Database

Through the Online Farm Trials Research project an online interface supported by a database containing geocoded GRDC trials sites and experimental data from GRDC investment partners will be developed to enable mobile manipulation of GRDC research, development and extension information by growers and advisers.


The Online Farm Trials Research project has a number of aims: • Provide a legacy for the grains industry through the collation of knowledge in the form of historical and future trials information and data; • Identify trials and research information of relevance to the Australian grains industry in electronic and non-electronic formats; • Acquire access to relevant trials and research information via negotiation with GRDC funded research organisations and other data custodians within the grai. Read more

Year of initiation:2013
Year of completion:2015

Interpretive Summary


The On-Farm Trials (OFT) database was developed in 2013 in response to a need to make field trial results accessible and available to the grains industry. The project is funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation and undertaken through Federation University Australia. The project has a strong collaborative approach through its engagement with grower groups, research organizations, agricultural experts, and grain industry organisations.


It is recognized that a lot of field experimentation does not enter either the refereed literature or even the grey literature, and with the move towards grower-centered research off-station, unless captured, much of the investment in those experiments can be lost.

Updates & Reports


2015 Annual Report


Project Description

Project Leader

Robert Milne, Federation University

Project Cooperators

Helen Thompson, Federation University
Peter Dahlhaus, Federation University
Andrew MacLeod, Federation University
Cam Nicholson, Nicon Communications

IPNI Staff

R. M. Norton


Oceania \ Australia and New Zealand \ AUS


education, extension