Take your social media skills to the next level

Come and look at the different social media tools you can use in agriculture or business in a practical skills session which will cover getting set-up, started off and getting the best from platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Explore social media and mobile technology use in agriculture, with Professor Lisa Given of the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University, in partnership with the Graham Centre.  Discuss your perceptions of mobile technology and how it fits into your work, including what apps you use.

Date: Thursday 8 September 2016

Time: 11am – 2pm (lunch provided)

Where: Riverine Plains Inc, Shop 4, 97-103 Melbourne Street Mulwala NSW 2647

Cost:  FREE

RSVP: Monday 5 September to Fiona Hart on 03 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.com.au

Riverine Plains international agricultural study tour to South America

Twenty grain growers from north east Victoria and the Southern Riverina are set to visit Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil for a 14 day agricultural study tour leaving on the 28th August.  The study tour has been organised by Riverine Plains Inc and supported by the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) through their Grower and Advisor Development Program.

The South America Agricultural Study Tour has a focus on no-till cropping systems and will allow growers to learn more about farming systems in similar climatic zones.

No-till farming systems offer many benefits, however these systems also present many challenges for farmers, particularly in terms of dealing with large volumes of stubble.  Now that stubble management has become such a critical part of our cropping systems, this tour provides a fantastic opportunity to learn how no-till systems have evolved in different countries.

The tour incorporates a wide range of farm visits, leading research facilities, no-till specialists and agricultural commodity businesses.

The tour will also provide participants with a better understanding of the size and scope of the grains industry in South America, along with several examples of how the value chain is completely controlled by growers.

Forming new ideas and learning new methods from others is a key part of success in farming businesses.  By being exposed to ideas from half a world away, these tour participants will come away with a fresh perspective on no-till farming while also bringing new concepts home to explore on their own farms.

South America is also a key player in the international grain market and the tour provides an opportunity for members to better understand the production issues and the marketing and export frameworks in the region.  It’s also a fantastic opportunity to foster international networks between growers, advisors and researchers.

The tour will be led by Jermony Nolan Travel and Tours. Jeromy has been working in the travel industry since 1986 and has specially planned the tour around the group’s learning objectives.

Riverine Plains Inc is very grateful to the GRDC for supporting the study tour and look forward to sharing the key learnings from the study tour both during the trip and upon their return.

Precision Agriculture: Making ‘Big Data’ pay

A workshop in Mulwala later this month will help grain farmers turn data into profit.The free half-day ‘Making Big Data Pay’ workshop will be hosted by local farming systems group, Riverine Plains Inc, and will feature Andrew Whitlock, of Precision Agriculture. “Advances in GPS and other precision agriculture technologies means that farmers are able to measure and collect an enormous amount of data about their crops and soils” says Dr Cassandra Schefe, Riverine Plains Inc Extension Officer.
“But data without context can be meaningless, so the challenge is to turn stored data into quality information that can be used to make profitable decisions” she said.

“This workshop has been designed to help farmers better understand the process and technology behind precision agriculture and to provide further information for those considering taking the next step” she said.

“Andrew will cover yield and NDVI mapping and will also provide an update on the practical steps growers can take to incorporate variable rate management on their own farms. He will specifically discuss the variable rate application of lime, gypsum and phosphorus as well as opportunities for variable rate nitrogen” she added.

There will also be a discussion on how strategic drainage can be used to minimise the risks of waterlogging.
The “Making Big Data Pay” workshop will be held at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on Tuesday 16th August from 12pm to 4pm.

This free workshop is supported by Riverine Plains Inc and Murray Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. Places are limited so for more information or to RSVP, please contact Fiona Hart before August 12th at info@riverineplains.com.au or phone 03 5744 1713.

In Season Update – Managing in the Wet

Riverine Plains Inc will host its annual In-Season Update at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on Thursday 11 August, 2016.

The update aims to present the latest technical information for grain growers to help prepare for the critical spring growth period.

Waterlogging is currently affecting many crops and is creating challenges in the context of nutrition and pest management.  We have put together a program covering topics of interest to grain growers while also addressing the wet conditions and the specific challenges facing farmers as a result.

Canola can be a difficult crop to grow, particularly under wet conditions, and Clint Rogers from Pioneer will speak about hybrid canola phenology and it’s relationship to time of sowing, disease and yield. Kurt Kindbeck from NSW DPI will also address canola disease, particularly the pathology of sclerotinia and backleg.

Russian Wheat Aphid has recently been detected in Victoria and has the potential to cause significant yield loss in our winter crops. Dr Garry McDonald from CESAR will discuss the implications of this discovery and will cover identification and the latest management strategies for the control of Russian Wheat Aphid, along with other pests.

For a number of years, Riverine Plains Inc has also been involved in investigating the place of Precision Agriculture in local farming systems and Tocumwal farmer Nathan Pate, will provide us with his practical perspective. Nathan will discuss yield analysis, permanent tracks, pH mapping and lime application, as well as the potential cost savings, which will be of particular interest to farmers.

Dr Cassandra Schefe, Darcy Warren (Agriculture Victoria) and Michael Straight (FAR Australia), will also provide an update of Riverine Plains Inc research into the effects of different stubble management techniques and the latest frost data from this project. Michael will also discuss results from the nitrous oxide project, which is researching ways to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from crop production systems.

Dale Grey from Agriculture Victoria will also speak on the outlook for spring and updated yield potential figures.

In the afternoon, we are partnering with the Birchip Cropping Group to deliver a series of presentations centred around making more profit from crop nutrition. This is an excellent opportunity for growers to hear renowned speakers cover aspects of soil testing, root response to fertiliser and micro-nutrient responses as well as nitrogen and phosphorus fertiliser use strategies for this season.

The in-season update will be held from 9:00am – 3:30 pm at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club resort. Pre-registrations close on the 8th August. Cost is $25 for Riverine Plains Inc members and $35 for non-members (payable on the day), which includes catering. Click here for the agenda and registration form.