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

We are at HMFD!

Riverine Plains Inc are at the Henty Machinery Field Days!

This year, we are in the Baker Seed Co tent, which is located alongside the agronomy plots, at the southern end of the HMFD site on 3rd Farm Avenue.

We also have a HMFD special, with all new members signing up over the course of the field days receiving 15 months membership for the price of 12! Drop in for a chat with our staff or a committee member to find out more about the available membership options.

Hope to see you there.

Interested in Lentils & Chickpeas? Join our new Pulse Check discussion group.

Expressions of Interest for Pulse Check Groups

Southern Pulse Extension Project

Riverine Plains Inc seeking Expressions of Interest for a regional Pulse Check Group as part of the GRDC Southern Pulse Extension Project.

The GRDC Southern Pulse Extension project, delivered by a consortium of organisations involved in the pulse industry across GRDC’s Southern region, provides a collaborative opportunity to increase the knowledge of growers and advisers on sustainable pulse production, improving the Southern Region’s capacity to maximise future growth and profitability opportunities.

Riverine Plains Inc will form a Pulse Check discussion group which will meet 3-4 times annually for the duration of the project (2017-2019). Paddock walks and discussions will focus on the practical aspects of pulse production, management and marketing in this region.

The first Pulse Check group meeting is planned for later this year, prior to harvest, and will cover issues associated with the lead-up to harvest, as well as paddock selection for next year and hands on activities in current season pulse crops.

Pulse Check Groups will be facilitated by local representatives with access to national technical expertise.  Groups will be comprised of a minimum of 12 growers and 3 advisers.  Prior experience in growing pulses is not required as the purpose of the group is to increase regional knowledge and capacity in pulse production.

If you would like to be involved in the Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check discussion group (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 by October 2nd, 2017.

Spring Field Day to highlight local Research, Cereal Agronomy

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Spring Field Day to highlight local Research, Cereal Agronomy

Grain growers are invited to the Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia joint Spring Field Day, to be held at the Riverine Research Centre, near Yarrawonga, on Thursday 28 September, 2017.

FAR Australia Managing Director, Nick Poole, said that while the day had a cereal agronomy focus, it was also about providing local growers and advisors with an opportunity to view the range of small plot research trials hosted at the site.

“Our research at the Riverine Research Centre includes agronomy for early-sown dual-purpose wheats, fungicide and nitrogen agronomy in barley, as well as nitrogen research in wheat, so the day’s focus will be on viewing these and other trials, as well as on hearing special presentations by guest speakers” said Nick.

“One of the feature presentations will be made by Dr Fran Lopez, from the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, who will discuss the current resistance status of several important fungal diseases, as well as practical management tools to aid control in the field” he said.

“The potential for crop damage as a result of spring frost also weighs heavily on the minds of growers at this time of year, and given the Riverine Research Centre is host to several frost trials, we will be discussing the links between frost risk and sowing date, nitrogen timing and canopy structure” Nick added.

Growers and advisors will also have the opportunity to view the dual purpose cereal research plots, sown as part of a La Trobe University project examining sowing dates, plant populations, nitrogen timing and grazing.

Lee Menhenett, from Incitec Pivot will speak about fertiliser practice in the region over the past 5 years while Dr Cassandra Schefe will present results from Riverine Plains Inc’s 2016 research into nitrogen application and NDVI technology.

The Spring Field Day will run from 9:30am – 1:30 pm on 28 September at the Riverine Research Centre, Forges Road (south of the Katamatite-Yarrawonga Road), Burramine, Victoria. Morning tea and a BBQ lunch will be provided

The Riverine Research Centre is a partnership between Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia.

For more information please contact Fiona Hart at info@riverineplains.com.au, on (03) 5744 1713, visit www.riverineplains.org.au or download the RPI & FAR Spring 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.

Spring Field Day – 28 September at Burramine

Spring Field Day to highlight local Research, Cereal Agronomy

Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia invites grain growers to join us for our Spring Field Day, to be held at the Riverine Research Centre, near Yarrawonga, on Thursday 28 September, 2017.

The day will have a cereal agronomy focus and also provides local growers and advisors with an opportunity to view the significant range of small plot research trials hosted at the site.

Research trials at the Riverine Research Centre include agronomy for early-sown dual-purpose wheats, fungicide and nitrogen agronomy in barley, as well as nitrogen research in wheat, so the day’s focus will be on viewing these and other trials, as well as on hearing special presentations by guest speakers

One of the feature presentations will be made by Dr Fran Lopez, from the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, who will discuss the current resistance status of several important fungal diseases, as well as practical management tools to aid control in the field.

The Riverine Research Centre is host to several frost trials, so the links between frost risk and sowing date, nitrogen timing and canopy structure will be also be a key discussion.

Growers and advisors will also have the opportunity to view the dual purpose cereal research plots, sown as part of a La Trobe University project examining sowing dates, plant populations, nitrogen timing and grazing.

Other speakers include Lee Menhenett, from Incitec Pivot, who will speak about fertiliser practice in the region over the past 5 years while Dr Cassandra Schefe will present results from Riverine Plains Inc’s 2016 research into nitrogen application and NDVI technology.

The Spring Field Day will run from 9:30am – 1:30 pm on 28 September at the Riverine Research Centre, Forges Road (south of the Katamatite-Yarrawonga Road), Burramine, Victoria. Morning tea and a BBQ lunch will be provided

The Riverine Research Centre is a partnership between Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia.

For more information please download the RPI & FAR Spring Field Day Flyer 2017 or contact the office on 03 5744 1713

 

Oaklands Powerline Safety Workshop – 26 September

Riverine Plains Inc, along with SafeWork NSW and Essential Energy are hosting a Powerline Safety Day, near Oaklands on Tuesday 26 September, 2017. 

The workshop will be held from 9:45 am – 12 midday at Burrongong, 4011 Federation Way, Oaklands, NSW.

Topics Include:

  • How to protect you and your employees this harvest
  • A powerline marking demonstration
  • Legal requirements

Morning Tea and a BBQ lunch will be provided.

NSW Attendees are eligible for a $500 rebate on farm safety purchases.

For enquiries, please contact Anne-Marie Bourchier on (02) 6035 4280

For catering purposes, please RSVP to Fiona Hart at Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org.au. For further information, please download the Powerline Safety Workshop Flyer

 

RPI & Boorhaman Landcare Group Soil Pit Morning – 22 September

A soil pit morning will be held in the Boorhaman/Rutherglen region on Friday 22 September.

This event is part of the Soil Moisture Probe Network Project, a partnership between Riverine Plains Inc & Boorhaman Landcare Group.

The morning will feature visits to a series of soil pits located next to soil moisture probe sites. The soil pits will form the backdrop to discussions about the soil moisture readings at each site this season, as well as the impact of soil type on water movement.

The schedule of visits is:

  • 9am: Soil pit at Roger Campbell’s property on Jack’s Road, Wahgunyah, gate next to the Rail Trail (between Kilbourn Road and Back Wahgunyah Road)
  • 10am: Soil pit at Gavin Taft’s property on Jack’s Road (between Bullers Lane and Kings Road)
  • 11:30am: Soil pit at Damian O’Keefe’s property on Boorhaman East Road (half way between Wises Road and Boorhaman Road)

Further information can be found on the 2017 RPI & Boorhaman Landcare September Soil Pit morning flyer