Profitable break crop management guide

A summary of key findings from GRDC-funded project CSP00146, break-crop project, and also incorporating information generated by GRDC project CWF00009) can be downloaded here. 

Stubble Paddock Walks July 2016


Grain farmers looking to improve the profitability and sustainability of their stubble retained grain production systems are invited to the July series of paddock walks being run by local farming systems group, Riverine Plains Inc.

“In our region, farmers are continually challenged by how best to deal with the volumes of stubble produced when growing cereal crops” says Riverine Plains Extension Officer, Dr Cassandra Schefe.

“While retaining stubble has many benefits, heavy stubble loads can cause issues with equipment, and the emergence and vigour of the following years’ crop can be compromised if stubble isn’t managed effectively” she said.

“With sowing fresh in farmers’ minds, the upcoming paddock walks provide an ideal opportunity to discuss the often complex issues relating to crop establishment and vigour under retained stubble systems” said Cassandra.

The paddock walks will take place on July 19 and 21 at trial sites located near Yarrawonga, Dookie, Coreen and Henty. These on-farm trial sites have been established by Riverine Plains Inc as part of a 5 year GRDC project comparing the effect of a number of stubble management strategies on crop growth and development.

“We are now midway through this project and a picture is starting to emerge in terms of how crops respond to the different stubble treatments. Our July paddock walks are a chance for farmers to see how the crop has emerged and how well it is responding to various inputs” said Cassandra.

Dr Schefe will be facilitating the walks with Michael Straight from FAR Australia who will discuss the early season data from the trial plots. Michael will also present the cumulative yield results from the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and discuss overall trends.

In-canopy temperature sensors were again installed at the Yarrawonga, Dookie and Coreen sites this year, and results to date will be presented.

“We will also be demonstrating the use of a Greenseeker unit for NDVI measurements, which may be of interest to farmers who are looking to monitor nitrogen requirements in-crop” added Cassandra

The paddock walks are short, informal sessions designed to provide local information on practical stubble management strategies. The dates are:

  • COREEN – TUESDAY 19 JULY 10am – 12noon at Tomlinson Ag’s property, Emu Park Rd
  • HENTY – TUESDAY 19 JULY 2 – 4pm at Peter Campbell’s property, Munyabla-Munyaplah Rd
  • YARRAWONGA – THURSDAY 21 JULY 10am – 12noon at Telewonga Pty Ltd, Telford-Yarrawonga Rd
  • DOOKIE – THURSDAY 21 JULY 1.30pm – 3.30pm at the Ludeman Brothers property, Tungamah Boundary Rd

The walks are being held as part of the project “Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble in the Riverine Plains” which is funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

The events are free and all are welcome. For more information please contact Cassie at, (03) 5744 1713 / 0419 238 798 or check the website at

Drone technology leads Australian growers into the future

Drone technology in farming is evolving at a rapid rate and farmers are now able to use this technology in a number of different ways. To help growers better understand the potential applications of drones in their own operations, local farming groups Southern Growers & Riverine Plains Inc are hosting a Drone Field Day at Berrigan on the 14th July.
“Technology is helping to develop the industry on multiple fronts and drones have potential to be a really useful tool for farmers” said Andrew Harding, Chair of Southern Growers.
“Being able to have important information at hand quickly is essential in farming and any technology that can improve timeliness can also improve the profitability and productivity of farming businesses” he said.
The Drone Day will be hosted by Ben Watts of BRALCA who will discuss the applications of drones for crop monitoring as well as for stock, water and pest monitoring. Ben will also discuss GPS pre-set flight routes, drone types, camera & software as well as laws for rural use. There will also be a drone demonstration (weather permitting).
The day is designed to show local growers the latest in drone technology and to demonstrate how drones can become a useful agricultural tool.
The Drone Day is a free event which is being held at the Berrigan Football Club on Thursday 14th July from 9am-12:30pm. It will be followed by a free BBQ lunch.
The Drone Day has been made possible with the support of Australian National Landcare and Murray Local Land Services.
For enquiries please contact Stephanie Chappell on 0417 444 750 or to RSVP please email