Spring Field Day and official launch of Riverine Research Centre

The regions’ grain farmers are invited to Riverine Plains Inc’s upcoming Spring Field Day, which is being held in conjunction with FAR Australia, on Tuesday 13th of September. The Field Day, which has a nitrogen focus, will take place at the new Riverine Research Centre, located south of Yarrawonga.

“Nitrogen management is always topical in spring, however this season it is particularly important because farmers have probably experienced application delays as well as nitrogen losses due to waterlogging and leaching” said Riverine Plains Extension officer Dr Cassandra Schefe.

“With this in mind, the day’s discussions of trial results and general nitrogen management strategies will be focussed around the conditions we’ve been experiencing” she said.

Michael Straight and Nick Poole from FAR Australia will also be involved in the nitrogen discussions. They will also discuss the latest results from the nitrous oxide project trials which are being conducted in conjunction with research colleagues from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). This research is being undertaken as part of the Management strategies for improved productivity and reduced nitrous oxide emissions project and is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture as part of its Action on the Ground program.

Riverine Plains Inc has several nitrogen trials currently underway at the Centre, including nitrogen timing trials, nitrogen source trials, and trials evaluating NDVI technology as a method for determining crop nitrogen requirements. Preliminary results from these trials will be presented on the day.

The field day will also feature a walk-through of the other trials being conducted at the Riverine Research Centre. These include trials of new winter wheat germplasm, fungicides, plant growth regulators, liquid fertiliser compatibility and row spacing for early sown wheat and barley.

The Field Day is the first event to be held at the Riverine Research Centre, which is a new collaboration between Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia. The official launch of the centre will follow the field day. A free BBQ lunch is also included.
The Field Day will commence at 9:30am at the Riverine Research Centre at 5769 Benalla-Yarrawonga Road, 3km south of Yarrawonga.

For more information please contact Cassie on 0419 238 798.

Annual General Meeting

Members and supporters of Riverine Plains Inc are invited to the group’s Annual General Meeting to be held on Monday 10 October 2016 at 4.30pm at the Riverine Plains Inc Office, Shop 4, 97/103 Melbourne Street, Mulwala.


The Riverine Research Centre – Researching Profitable Farming Practices

Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia are excited to announce the establishment of the Riverine Research Centre. This exciting collaboration provides a new, independent focal point for regional and national research projects in the Victorian/NSW border region.
“The Riverine Research Centre is a dedicated crop research site near Yarrawonga that will host a number of small plot research trials annually” explained Riverine Plains Inc chairman and Barooga farmer, John Bruce.
“In establishing the Riverine Research Centre, we have created a key site for national and local crop research projects and we expect that this will provide for more targeted and efficient investment into local grains research, development and extension” he said.
“Given the site is host to several separate trials, the Riverine Research Centre will also act as a hub for Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia to conduct field days, paddock walks and information days throughout the growing season. This will mean greater access to local research and new technologies for growers, sponsors and the wider industry” he added.
Riverine Plains Inc has had a long association with Nick Poole and FAR Australia, through an extensive history of collaborative research and extension.
“In continuing our partnership through the Riverine Research Centre, we have created an independent, relevant and quality grains research centre” said Nick Poole, Managing Director of FAR Australia.
“Our aim is to primarily conduct research which investigates profitable and innovative farming systems practices for the local area. This research may be linked to a particular grower funded project or as a result of collaboration with industry” he said.
“We also want to make it easier for farmers, advisers and the wider industry to access this research and by having a central site we will be able to deliver our research findings more efficiently” he added.
There are a number of research trials established at the Riverine Research Centre for the 2016 season. This includes research on new winter wheat germplasm, SDHI fungicides, plant growth regulators, liquid fertiliser compatibility and row spacing for early sown wheat and barley.
“The high quality of field research undertaken at the centre, combined with the Riverine Plains Inc focus farm network, gives us the opportunity to improve adoption and enables us to act as a conduit between research and the higher profitability of our farming systems. Both Riverine Plains and FAR Australia believe that the Riverine Research Centre is an exciting opportunity that will also attract further research investment to the region, benefitting growers and the wider industry” concluded Mr Poole.

The Riverine Research Centre will host its first official field day on Tuesday 13 September.  Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia will show local farmers, advisers, members, sponsors and friends around the site on this day.