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Happy 30th Anniversary Durum!

2020 is the 30th Anniversary of the release of Durum Seed in Southern Australia

2020 marks the 30th year that the first durum crops were commercially grown in South Australia.  In 1990 twelve growers each multiplied two tonnes of the variety Yallaroi in order to produce 500 tonnes of seed, which in 1991 was distributed amongst another 40 growers to produce 13,700 tonnes.

Click here to read the full Durum Story written and researched by SADGA Committee Member Leith Cooper July 2020.

SADGA provides clean pure durum seed

Are you thinking of growing Durum in 2021?

Is you current durum crop suffering contamination of bread wheat and barley?

SADGAs seed multipliers offer growers pure clean seed for your next plantings. SAGDA multipliers are agronomically checked and certified and crops are rouged to remove any contamination if present.

Seed varieties on offer are DBA Aurora, DBA Spes and DBA Artemis.

Seed is available at harvest until December 1. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that seed will be available after December 1 as we do not have the availability of storage to support grower needs in the new year.

Seed can be order in three ways:

  • 4 tonne minimum order for seed ordered in bulk off header
  • 4 tonne minimum order for seed ordered in bulk and cleaned off header
  • 1 tonne minimum order for seed ordered in bulker bags via seed cleaning facility.

All orders are subject to Terms and Conditions.

All orders received before December 1st will enjoy $100/tonne discount off the seed price.

If you are a SADGA member, in honour of your membership SADGA have applied $50/t discount.


Purchase Orders enable us to hold aside durum seed at harvest.

click on this link to download the purchase order which includes T&C and Variety License.

Need to renew or apply for membership?

click on this link to download SADGA Membership and Benefits Form

Want to know more contact Deb or Trish today or

2020 SADGA Cropwalks

SADGA has developed two very intensive spring cropwalk programs to view the southern region trial sites for our members and interested participants.

Come along to the SADGA forums to hear about varying topics that ultimately impact on your bottom line. Hear from Dr Sue Stewart (Uni Adelaide) on barley malt flavour, Dr Anh Pham (Uni Adelaide) for the latest regarding drought tolerance research in barley, and Professors Diane Mather and Jason Able (Uni Adelaide) on durum germplasm that has enhanced levels of lutein (value-adding for the durum industry) – just to name a few of the speakers and the areas in which they will focus on.

Due to COVID-19 and the border closure between SA and Victoria our South East cropwalks will only occur in South Australia. However we are looking forward to working with MacKillop Farm Management Group again this year starting at Wolseley and finishing at the Keith NVT.

Dates have been set as follows:

Wednesday, September 2nd: Mid North Durum Crop Walk at Roseworthy:  Program & Maps

Our cropwalks are a free service to Durum Growers and SADGA is looking forward to you joining us on site however on this occasion REGISTRATION WILL BE ESSENTIAL.

Wednesday, October 7th: South East of South Australia Comibined SADGA/MFMG Crop Walk commencing at Wolseley Community & Recreation Centre.  Program and Maps V4 (Updated 06/10/20) or Program Only

Changes to these program will occur without notice and both events are subject to the Australian and State Government COVID-19 restrictions.

Please click on this link to register your interest for the South East

This cropwalk will be compliant with SA Health COVID 19 Regulations

Please do not come to this cropwalk if:

  • You are feeling unwell
  • Have travelled interstate / overseas within the last 2 weeks

Whilst attending this cropwalk we ask that you:

  • Practise good hygiene
  • Observe physical distancing (1.5m) wherever possible
  • Register your attendance with SADGA prior to the event or on the day with your full name and contact information.

* Hand Sanitizer, antiseptic wipes and signage will be provided

[Image: Rhiannon Schilling presenting at the 2019 Cropwalk at Roseworthy]

2020 SADGA Facilities Tours and Durum Forum

The SADGA team, with the generous support of San Remo and The University of Adelaide, will be recognising Durum from a beginning to end point of view.

We invite you to join us in Adelaide to tour The Waite Campus to view the breeding centre where the Durum process begins, you will see robotics at work in the plant accelerator, and the state-of-the-art lab as well as Hugh Wallwork’s famous terraces and the glass houses where Hugh does all his crossings. We are also fortunate to be given an exclusive tour of the San Remo Milling Facility. A rare opportunity to see and understand the process of turning our golden grain into high quality pasta for the end user.

Following the tours which includes a complimentary lunch at Beltana Cafe we reconvene at the Charles Hawker Conference Centre Auditorium for the 2020 Durum Forum, a comprehensive, multi speaker insight into all things durum, plus reports of the seasonal trials and breeding program outcomes, new chemistry, as well as information about marketing at domestic levels and the global demand and much much more.

The program concludes with a complimentary two course meal at Beltana Cafe with special guest dinner speaker Deanna Lush. Deanna is an award winning journalist and Managing Director of AgCommunicators.  Deanna has completed a Churchill Fellowship studying communication and engagement methods to improve the understanding of agriculture between rural and metropolitan audiences and delivered numerous presentations across Australia and across all food and fibre sectors on her Churchill recommendations to build trust in agriculture. Deanna’s work on trust in agriculture won her the Australian Farm Institute John Ralph Essay Award, she was recognised in 2019 as an emerging South Australian business leader in the InDaily 40 Under 40 Awards and winner of the 2019 SA AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.
Deanna’s presentation ‘Earning trust with our community’ will draw together her learnings and insights from her travel and research, and enable us, as an agricultural community, to consider what we do on our farms day-in, day-out and how we communicate it

Click on the links for comprehensive program or print friendly Black and White version:

2020 SADGA Tours and Forum PROGRAM or Print Friendly_B&W Program

If you are keen to attend the Tours, 2020 Durum Forum, Lunch and Dinner and hop on the bus from Clare or Nhill/Kaniva, book your tickets today!

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL for catering, tour management, forum and bus seats.

Click on the link below to book your tickets. 

Locations & Map Links : (1) San Remo (2) The Waite

For more information or help with reservations please contact:
John Green 0427 101 482 or Deb Baum 0481 322 821

These tours, the forum, the meals and buses are generously supported by San Remo, The University of Adelaide, SADGA and the SADGA Sponsors.

2020 SADGA Tours and Forum PROMO PROGRAM FINAL_Print Friendly_B&W 2020 SADGA Tours and Forum PROMO PROGRAM FINAL