New website links for RPI’s network of weather stations

The website hosting details for Riverine Plains Inc’s network of weather stations has recently changed. This means you will need to update your bookmarks for the Barooga, Berrigan, Culcairn, Lockhart, Pleasant Hills, Rand and Henty weather stations, as well as for the stations located at Dookie, Yarrawonga and Redlands.

You can do this by following this Riverine Plains Inc Weather Station Network link and selecting your nearest weather station,  or just head to our website’s home page and click on the link through to the weather stations. Here you will find links for all weather stations connected to the Riverine Plains Network, which you can then bookmark in your brower.

New weather stations have recently been installed at Bungeet, Miepoll, Rutherglen, Telford, Yabba South and Howlong, and data from these stations is also now available.


Improving the Efficiency of Nitrogen Application

Media Release: 22nd May, 2017, Word Count: 409

Nitrogen fertiliser is an expensive input and improving the efficiency of in-crop applications can save money and boost production. To help farmers maximise the response to applied nitrogen, local farming systems group Riverine Plains Inc is holding a drop-in Nitrogen Efficiency Field Day at Henty on Tuesday 6 June.

“When it comes to improving the efficiency of nitrogen fertiliser uptake in broadacre crops, one of the simplest things we can do is to ensure our spreading equipment is working as it is designed to” explains Riverine Plains Inc Extension Officer, Dr Cassandra Schefe.

“Many fertiliser spreaders distribute fertiliser unevenly, which can then lead to unevenness in crop growth, development and maturity.  Calibrating equipment helps achieve a more even fertiliser throw, which can then improve yield potential” said Cassandra.

To demonstrate calibration techniques, Russell Nichol, a Fertcare registered calibration specialist, will calibrate 4 machines including a Donder CGSA series, an Amazone Profis 3600L, Amazone ZA-M 1501 3-point linkage and a Landaco TS10000 trailing spreader.

As he works, Russell will discuss his techniques so that farmers can use them on their own equipment.

Another way to improve efficiency is by timing fertiliser applications to avoid nitrogen losses.

“A proportion of applied nitrogen fertiliser can be lost to the atmosphere as nitrous oxide gas, particularly when conditions are extremely wet. These losses reduce the efficiency with which applied nitrogen can be used by the plant” says Michael Straight from FAR Australia.

“We have just finished a project looking at nitrous oxide emissions in cereal crops, and now have a better understanding of how nitrogen applications can be timed to improve plant nitrogen uptake efficiency, and will be presenting these findings on the day” said Michael.

The day will begin at 9:30am at Peter Campbell’s property “Avondale”, 452 Henty-Pleasant Hills Rd, Henty (Google Maps Reference 35°28’48.6″S 146°52’22.3″E). All are welcome and there is no cost to attend. Morning tea and lunch will be provided – please RSVP to assist with catering.

The day is being jointly held as part of the GRDC project Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubbles in the Riverine Plains region, as well as by the Management strategies for improved productivity and reduced nitrous oxides emissions project, supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Action on the Ground program.

For further information please visit or contact Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713 or


More Information or Interview:

Dr Cassandra Schefe, Extension Officer, Riverine Plains 03 5744 1713

Tax tips to help purchase farm land on agenda at GRDC Farm Business Update, Mulwala

How to utilise tax depreciation offsets when purchasing farm land will be one of the hot topics on the agenda at the Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC) Farm Business Update in Mulwala this month.

The session on ‘Farm Improvements – the untold story of tax depreciation benefits’ will be presented by Michael Stout from Robinson Sewell Partners at the updates to be held at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on June 28.

Other topics on the agenda include a session examining whether growers should be fixing interest rates or staying variable in the current economic climate, as well as tips for evaluating the risks and rewards of specific enterprise mixes when it comes to profitable farming systems.

One of the key addresses will be from well-known industry consultant Neville Brady from Bunch Consulting, who will offer advice and strategies for improving the performance of your agricultural operation by making more informed decisions, building a team environment, goal setting and how to have those hard conversations.

Growers will also hear practical tips from ORM consultant Brett Symes on assessing whether you have the right spray equipment to do the job, and what growers should be looking for if they are investing in new spray technology.

GRDC Northern Panel Chairman John Minogue said the Farm Business Updates were open to grain growers and advisers and offered an invaluable opportunity to hear specialist advice designed to build farm profitability and productivity.

“These updates have the fitting theme of ‘adaptable businesses – achieving results’ and are about offering growers access to the latest ‘paddock ready’ research and critical information to assist with on-farm decision making and management,” Mr Minogue said.

“The GRDC is committed to equipping growers with the knowledge and skills they need to continue to improve the productivity of their individual operations and ensure the industry’s enduring profitability.”

The GRDC Farm Business Update at Mulwala will run from 9am-1pm. For a full Mulwala update program please download the GRDC Business Update Mulwala Flyer or call 03 5441 6176.