Informal Paddock Walk at the Riverine Research Centre, 26 October at 6pm

Michael Straight (FAR Australia) will lead an informal paddock walk at the Riverine Research Centre on Thursday 26 October from 6pm to approximately 7pm.

If you would like a final look at the trials before harvest, as well as the opportunity to discuss varieties and any other issues, please join us at the Riverine Research Centre located at 569 Forges Road, Burramine, south west of Yarrawonga.  Turn south into Forges Road from Katamatite-Yarrawonga Road.  If travelling from Yarrawonga, Forges Road is approximately 7km from the Benalla-Yarrawonga Rd/Katamatite-Yarrawonga Rd intersection.

The ‘Evan Moll’ Gerogery Field Day

The Gerogery National Variety Trial (NVT) and Agronomy Field Day has been a fixture on the southern NSW cropping events calendar for many years. Riverine Plains Inc is pleased to continue the tradition by hosting this year’s ‘Evan Moll Gerogery Field Day’, on Thursday 2nd November, 2017.

One of the key features of the day will be the inspection of the cereal and canola varieties included in the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) National Variety Trials (NVT).

Don McCaffery (NSW DPI) will discuss the characteristics of the different canola varieties in the NVT trials, while Kurt Lindbeck (NSW DPI) will discuss canola disease control.

The cereal discussions will be led by Peter Matthews and Felicity Harris (NSW DPI), with Peter leading growers through the NVT trials while Felicity will speak on flowering dates in different varieties.

Other speakers include David Leah (Seed Force) who will speak on pasture varieties and John Piltz (NSW DPI), who will address pasture digestibility issues. Adrian Clancy (AC Ag Commodities) will also deliver a lunchtime presentation on grain marketing.

The field day also provides an opportunity to discuss the issues that are developing in the lead-up to harvest.

The field day will commence at 11am on Thursday, 2nd November at “Elderslie”, Fielder-Moll Road Gerogery. A free BBQ lunch will be provided by Seed Force.

This field day is supported by Murray Local Land Services (LLS) through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

For more information please download the Gerogery Field Day Flyer 2017, contact Riverine Plains Inc on (03) 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org.au.

Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group specialising in farmer driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. For more information, or to become a member, please visit the members section of this website.

The ‘Evan Moll’ Gerogery Field Day

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The Gerogery National Variety Trial (NVT) and Agronomy Field Day has been a fixture on the southern NSW cropping events calendar for many years. Riverine Plains Inc is pleased to continue the tradition by hosting this year’s ‘Evan Moll Gerogery Field Day’, on Thursday 2nd November, 2017.

“The day is an important event for growers in the region, with one of the key features being the inspection of the cereal and canola varieties included in the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) National Variety Trials (NVT)” said Riverine Plains Inc Extension Officer, Dr Cassandra Schefe.

“The NVT trials provide an excellent opportunity to assess new varieties prior to their commercial release. Don McCaffery (NSW DPI) will discuss the characteristics of the different canola varieties in the NVT trials, while Kurt Lindbeck (NSW DPI) will discuss canola disease control” she said.

“The cereal discussions will be led by Peter Matthews and Felicity Harris (NSW DPI), with Peter leading growers through the NVT trials, while Felicity will be speaking on flowering dates in different varieties” she said.

Other speakers include David Leah (Seed Force) who will speak on pasture varieties and John Piltz (NSW DPI), who will address pasture digestibility issues. Adrian Clancy (AC Ag Commodities) will also deliver a lunchtime presentation on grain marketing.

The field day also provides an opportunity to discuss the issues that are developing in the lead-up to harvest.

The field day will commence at 11am on Thursday, 2nd November at “Elderslie”, Fielder-Moll Road Gerogery. A free BBQ lunch will be provided by Seed Force.

This field day is supported by Murray Local Land Services (LLS) through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

For more information please contact Cassie at cassandra@riverineplains.org.au , (03) 5744 1713 / 0419 238 798 or download Gerogery Field Day Flyer 2017.

Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group specialising in farmer driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.riverineplains.org.au

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More Information or Interview:

Cassandra Schefe, Extension Officer, Riverine Plains (03 5744 1713)

RPI AGM: Office Bearers Unchanged, updated committee list

Riverine Plains 2017 Annual General Meeting

 The Riverine Plains Inc Annual General Meeting was held at the group’s Mulwala office on Monday 9 October 2017.

The majority of committee members were re-elected with the exception of retiring committee members Clare Robinson and Jo Slattery.  Daniel Moll was newly elected to the Committee.

The following office bearers were elected.

Chair: Ian Trevethan, Howlong

Deputy Chair: Adrian Clancy, Splitters Creek

Treasurer: Barry Membrey, Wodonga

Research Subcommittee Chair:  Peter Campbell, Henty

Extensions Subcommittee Chair: Adrian Clancy, Splitters Creek

Public Officer: John Bruce

 

Committee:

Lisa Castleman, Wagga Wagga

Paul Gontier, Shepparton

Adam Inchbold, Yarrawonga

Fiona Marshall, Mulwala

Daniel Moll, Gerogery

Eric Nankivell, Albury

Andrew Russell, Browns Plains

Curt Severin, Brocklesby

Bradley Stillard, Barooga

 

Executive Support will continue to be provided by Dale Grey, Agriculture Victoria.

 

 

New Discussion Group to focus on Lentil and Chickpea Production

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New Discussion Group to focus on Lentil and Chickpea Production

Local farming systems group Riverine Plains Inc will host it‘s first Pulse Check Discussion Group meeting, focusing on lentil and chickpea production, at Dookie from 9:30 am on Thursday 19 October.

Michelle Pardy, Riverine Plains Inc‘s Pulse Check Facilitator says the discussion group brings together local growers, advisors and experts, with the aim of assisting growers manage the practical aspects of lentil and chickpea production and marketing.

“To date, lentils and chickpeas have been grown across a fairly limited area of southern NSW and north-east Victoria, though their potential has led to significant interest from grain growers wanting to be involved in high value pulse crop production” noted Michelle.

“As part of GRDC’s Southern Pulse Extension Project, Riverine Plains Inc has established a Pulse Check Discussion Group to address this interest.  Participants in the group can learn about whether these crops are suitable for their systems, help manage their production and marketing issues and increase pulse productivity and profitability.  The group will be especially beneficial to growers with limited lentil and chickpea production experience”.

The first Pulse Check paddock walk and discussion is being timed to address pre-harvest and harvesting issues. Topics include crop topping, header set-up, managing header fire risks, as well as harvest logistics, retaining seed, storage, marketing and paddock selection for next year.

“While this first meeting is primarily focused on harvest issues, we will be running 3-4 meetings per year across north-east Victoria and southern NSW for the next few years as part of the ongoing larger project, covering a wide variety of topics such as sowing, varieties, paddock selection and disease management” said Michelle.

The Pre-Harvest Pulse Check Paddock Walk and discussion will be held at the Ludeman Brothers property, 334 Ludeman Road, Waggarandall (Dookie) from 9:30am – 12:00 pm on Thursday 19 October, 2017.

To register for Riverine Plains Inc’s Pulse Check Discussion Group for North east Victoria/Southern NSW, please contact Michelle Pardy, Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Group Facilitator,  on 03 5744 1713 or email michelle@riverineplains.org.au.

The Southern Pulse Extension project is being delivered by a consortium of organisations involved in the pulse industry across GRDC’s Southern region and provides a collaborative opportunity to increase the knowledge of growers and advisers on sustainable pulse production. 

Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group specialising in farmer driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.riverineplains.org.au.

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More Information or Interview:

Michelle Pardy, Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Facilitator on 03 5744 1713 or 0428 734 795.

Pulse Check paddock walk & discussion, 19 October at Dookie: Lentils & Chickpeas

Growers interested in learning more about lentil and chickpea production are invited to join the Riverine Plains Inc North East Victoria & Southern NSW Pulse Check discussion group paddock walk and discussion.

We will be hosting a pre-harvest paddock walk and discussion on Thursday 19 October, 2017 at the Ludeman Brothers property at 334 Ludeman Road, Waggarandall (Dookie). The morning will begin with a shed based discussion at 9:30 am before moving out into a chickpea paddock later in the morning (an additional paddock inspection may be confirmed closer to the date).

Prior experience in growing pulses is not required as the purpose of the group is to increase regional knowledge and capacity in pulse production. The event is free and all are welcome.

The event will run from 9:30 am-12 noon.  Light refreshments will be provided on the day.

The discussions will focus on practical aspects of lentil & chickpea production, including;

  • Crop topping
  • Header set up
  • Mitigating header fire risks
  • Harvest Logistics
  • Retaining seed
  • Storage
  • Marketing
  • Paddock Selection

To register for the Riverine Plains Inc north-east Victorian and southern NSW Pulse Check Discussion Group, please contact Michelle Pardy, Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Group Facilitator,  on 03 5744 1713, email michelle@riverineplains.org.au or download the RPI 2017 Pre-Harvest Pulse Check Lentil & Chickpea Flyer.

The Riverine Plains Inc North East Victoria & Southern NSW Pulse Check discussion group is part of the GRDC Southern Pulse Extension Project, which is being delivered by a consortium of organisations involved in the pulse industry across GRDC’s Southern region 

Stubble Project Paddock walks-10, 11 October at Coreen, Henty, Yarrawonga & Dookie

SPRING STUBBLE WALKS TO DISCUSS FROST, MOISTURE USE

Riverine Plains Inc is holding its spring series of “Stubble Project” paddock walks next week, on the 10 and 11 October, 2017. The walks are part of the GRDC investment Maintaining Profitable Farming Systems with Retained Stubble in the Riverine Plains Region and will take place at on-farm trial sites at Coreen, Henty, Yarrawonga and Dookie.

The paddock walks are being held at the project trial sites, which compare the performance of different stubble management techniques including mulching, incorporation, burning and standing stubble.

This is the final year of large scale on-farm trials for this project, and next week’s spring paddock walks provide an opportunity for growers to visit these trial sites and see how crops sown under the different stubble management techniques are responding to the current seasonal conditions.

The walks also present an opportunity for farmers and advisors to come together to discuss frost risk and moisture availability, as well as nitrogen response this season.

The focus farms are spread throughout the Riverine Plains, allowing farmers and advisors to attend the site closest, and most relevant to them.

The dates for the on-farm discussion groups are:

  • Coreen: Tuesday 10 October, 10am – 12noon at Tomlinson Ag’s property, Emu Park Rd (gate is on the western side of the channel, between Minns and Straherne Roads), Coreen.
  • Henty: Tuesday 10 October, 2pm – 4pm at Peter Campbell’s property. Meet at the sheds, 452 Henty-Pleasant Hills Road, Henty (“Avondale” on the mailbox).
  • Yarrawonga: Wednesday 11 October, 10am – 12noon at Telewonga Ptd Ltd, 292 Reillys Road, Yarrawonga.
  • Dookie: Wednesday 11 October, 1:30pm – 3.30pm at the Ludeman Brothers property, Dookie-Devenish Road (gate is between Dookie-Nalinga Road and Proctors Road), Dookie.

Speakers will include Michael Straight from FAR Australia and Cassandra Schefe from Riverine Plains Inc.

These events are free and all are welcome. For more information please download the 2017 RPI October Stubble Paddock Walk Flyer, or contact cassandra@riverineplains.org.au or phone (03) 5744 1713.

Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group specialising in farmer driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.riverineplains.org.au

 

Stubble Project Paddock Walks – 10 & 11 October at Coreen, Henty, Yarrawonga & Dookie

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SPRING STUBBLE WALKS TO DISCUSS FROST, MOISTURE USE

Riverine Plains Inc is holding its spring series of “Stubble Project” paddock walks on the 10 and 11 October, 2017. The walks are part of the GRDC investment Maintaining Profitable Farming Systems with Retained Stubble in the Riverine Plains Region and will take place at on-farm trial sites at Coreen, Henty, Yarrawonga and Dookie.

“Stubble management is a major challenge for grain farmers in this region and the project trials compare the performance of stubble management techniques including mulching, incorporation, burning and standing stubble” said Riverine Plains Inc Research and Extension Officer, Dr Cassandra Schefe.

“This is the final year of large scale on-farm trials for this project, and next week’s spring paddock walks provide an opportunity for growers to visit these trial sites and see how crops sown under the different stubble management techniques are responding to the current seasonal conditions” said Cassandra.

“The lack of rainfall over the past month or so, combined with frost damage across the region, means that yield potential is highly variable, so these paddock walks also present an opportunity for farmers and advisors to come together to discuss frost risk and moisture availability under the different techniques, as well as nitrogen response this season” she said.

The focus farms are spread throughout the Riverine Plains, allowing farmers and advisors to attend the site closest, and most relevant to them.

The dates for the on-farm discussion groups are:

  • Coreen: Tuesday 10 October, 10am – 12noon at Tomlinson Ag’s property, Emu Park Rd (gate is on the western side of the channel, between Minns and Straherne Roads), Coreen.
  • Henty: Tuesday 10 October, 2pm – 4pm at Peter Campbell’s property. Meet at the sheds, 452 Henty-Pleasant Hills Road, Henty (“Avondale” on the mailbox).
  • Yarrawonga: Wednesday 11 October, 10am – 12noon at Telewonga Ptd Ltd, 292 Reillys Road, Yarrawonga.
  • Dookie: Wednesday 11 October, 1:30pm – 3.30pm at the Ludeman Brothers property, Dookie-Devenish Road (gate is between Dookie-Nalinga Road and Proctors Road), Dookie.

Speakers will include Michael Straight from FAR Australia and Cassandra Schefe from Riverine Plains Inc.

These events are free and all are welcome. For more information please contact Cassandra Schefe at cassandra@riverineplains.org.au, (03) 5744 1713 or visit riverineplains.org.au

Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group specialising in farmer driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.riverineplains.org.au

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More Information or Interview:

Cassandra Schefe, Research and Extension Officer, Riverine Plains Inc, phone (03) 5744 1713 or 0419 238 798