Dookie/Murch East Pulse Check meeting – 1 September

A meeting of the Dookie/Murchison East GRDC Pulse Check Discussion Group will be held online via Zoom on Tuesday 1 September 2020.

Helen Burns, NSW DPI, will be a special guest and will speak on acid soils and the limitations for growing pulses. Other topics include nitrogen fixation using acid-tolerant rhizobia as well as results from local nitrogen fixation trials.

For further information, please email Riverine Plains Pulse Check Facilitator, Kate Coffey at kate@riverineplains.org.au

GRDC Hyper Yielding Crop focus-farm trials for the Riverine Plains

24 August, 2020

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 GRDC Hyper Yielding Crop focus-farm trials for the Riverine Plains

A new, four-year project is set to examine the yield potential of different varieties grown under various agronomic packages as part of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) investment into hyper-yielding cereal crops.

Following on from the success of Hyper Yielding Cereals (HYC) project in Tasmania, the Hyper Yielding Crops project has recently commenced on a national scale, with GRDC Centre of Excellence trial sites established in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, NSW, and Western Australia.

Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer, Kate Coffey, explained that a Centre of Excellence has been established at Wallendbeen (near Cootamundra), NSW, with the research site chosen because it had a water-limited yield potential of 10 t/ha for cereals and 5 t/ha for canola.

“Riverine Plains Inc has also worked alongside lead organization, FAR Australia, to establish three focus farm sites in southern NSW in support of the Wallendbeen Centre, with a canola site established at Gerogery and wheat sites established at Culcairn and Howlong” she said.

Grower involvement is a major focus of the project, and Riverine Plains Innovation Groups are being established to link local growers with the focus farm paddock trials at Gerogery, Culcairn and Howlong.

The 2020 focus-farm paddock trials will look at nitrogen and fungicides, while future focus-farm paddock trials will be based on ideas arising from the local Innovation Groups, as well as from growers visiting the Centre of Excellence.

“We are hoping to conduct small-group discussion field days at the farm paddock trial sites during September, 2020, however this will depend on COVID-19 restrictions during spring” said Kate.

Riverine Plains Inc are also seeking ten paddocks from across the region to be nominated for the 2020 Hyper Yielding Crop Awards. The Award will benchmark agronomic aspects of individual wheat crops, with participating growers to receive an agronomic benchmarking report comparing that paddock to all others entered, both regionally and nationally.

The project combines the expertise of several farming groups, including Riverine Plains Inc, with FAR Australia, SARDI, Brill Ag, CSIRO, DPIRD, TechCrop and CeRDI.

“This project will ultimately provide an opportunity to unlock yield potentials by providing a greater understanding of the possible constraints and the agronomic practices required to achieve potential yields in a given season” concluded Kate.

Riverine Plains Inc are currently taking expressions of interest from growers interested in joining the Innovation Group, as well as from those farmers interested in being involved in the Hyper Yielding Crop Awards.

For further information, please visit the Riverine Plains Inc website at riverineplains.org.au or contact Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Kate Coffey on 03 5744 1713 or email kate@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:

Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Inc (03 5744 1713)

GRDC Hyper Yielding Crop focus-farm trials for the Riverine Plains

A new, four-year project is set to examine the yield potential of different varieties grown under various agronomic packages as part of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) investment into hyper-yielding cereal crops.

Following on from the success of Hyper Yielding Cereals project in Tasmania, the Hyper Yielding Crops project has recently commenced on a national scale, with GRDC Centre of Excellence trial sites established in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, NSW, and Western Australia.

A Centre of Excellence has been established at Wallendbeen (near Cootamundra), NSW, with the research site chosen because it had a water-limited yield potential of 10 t/ha for cereals and 5 t/ha for canola.

Riverine Plains Inc has also worked alongside lead organization, FAR Australia, to establish three focus farm sites in southern NSW in support of the Wallendbeen Centre, with a canola site established at Gerogery and wheat sites established at Culcairn and Howlong.

Grower involvement is a major focus of the project, and Riverine Plains Innovation Groups are being established to link local growers with the focus farm paddock trials at Gerogery, Culcairn and Howlong.

The 2020 focus-farm paddock trials will look at nitrogen and fungicides, while future focus-farm paddock trials will be based on ideas arising from the local Innovation Groups, as well as from growers visiting the Centre of Excellence.

Riverine Plains Inc are also seeking ten paddocks from across the region to be nominated for the 2020 Hyper Yielding Crop Awards. The Award will benchmark agronomic aspects of individual wheat crops, with participating growers to receive an agronomic benchmarking report comparing that paddock to all others entered, both regionally and nationally.

The project combines the expertise of several farming groups, including Riverine Plains Inc, with FAR Australia, SARDI, Brill Ag, CSIRO, DPIRD, TechCrop and CeRDI.

This project will ultimately provide an opportunity to unlock yield potentials by providing a greater understanding of the possible constraints and the agronomic practices required to achieve potential yields in a given season.

Riverine Plains Inc are currently taking expressions of interest from growers interested in joining the Innovation Group, as well as from those farmers interested in being involved in the Hyper Yielding Crop Awards.

For further information, please visit the Riverine Plains Inc website at riverineplains.org.au or contact Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Kate Coffey on 03 5744 1713 or email kate@riverineplains.org.au

Notes from the In-Season Update – Tuesday 11 August

In-Season Update – Tuesday 11 August

For the first time ever, the Riverine Plains Inc In-Season Update was held online on 11 August 2020!

The update provided a brief, technical update for Riverine Plains region farmers and industry, and included the outlook for spring (Dale Grey, Agriculture Victoria), fungicides (Bruce Larcombe, Larcombe Agronomy) and nitrogen decision making (Lee Menhenett, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers).  Local farmers (John Bruce, Jamie Cummins, Dave Gooden and Daniel Moll) provided an update on the current season.

For a copy of the recording please use the links below:

Part 1:
Seasonal Update: what sort of spring can we expect? Dale Grey, Agriculture Victoria
Fungicides: Bruce Larcombe, Larcombe Agronomy
Nitrogen decisions. Lee Menhenett, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers

https://youtu.be/qubp1GRL0jk

Part 2:
On-farm updates from around the region including John Bruce (Barooga), Dave Gooden (Lockhart), Jamie Cummins (Burramine) and Daniel Moll (Gerogery).

https://youtu.be/WbEzOfnw4pE

Thank you very much to our speakers and to everyone who attended.

Riverine Plains Inc would like to thank our valued sponsors for 2020

UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship Applications now open

Applications now open for UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship for agriculture students

Riverine Plains Inc is pleased to be able to invite local agriculture tertiary students working towards a degree or diploma in agriculture or agribusiness to apply for the inaugural UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship.

This new Scholarship is being administered by farming system group, Riverine Plains Inc, through the Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, said that it was exciting to be able to offer this scholarship this year and that it was great to see a corporate such as UNCLE TOBYS encouraging young students to take up careers in agriculture.

The Scholarship recognises and encourages agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region by supporting a local second year student in their studies.

The Scholarship will provide:

  • A bursary of $5,000 for a student commencing second year study in 2021
  • Access to work placement opportunities with Nestlé, the home of UNCLE TOBYS
  • Opportunities to network and gain knowledge, with free access to all Riverine Plains Inc events.
  • Personal mentoring by Nestlé staff from the UNCLE TOBYS factory

Nestlé Wahgunyah factory manager, Glenn Elske said that the team are delighted to be able to support future leaders of the agricultural industry.

“Supporting leaders in agriculture, especially those in the local region, is crucial to the success of the food industry. We know that agriculture continues to change – with advances in technology, greater focus on sustainability, and even changes to supply chains – and first-hand, local industry experience to learn about these challenges and changes will be invaluable.”

The UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship is open to current first year agriculture or agribusiness degree or diploma students, who will enter their second year of studies in 2021.

Students aged between 18 and 30 from the Riverine Plains region of north eastern Victoria and the southern Riverina region of NSW are eligible to apply.

Applications for the UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship open on 1 July and close on 30 September 2020, with further details available via this link.

John Hanrahan Scholarship Applications now open

John Hanrahan Scholarship for agriculture and agribusiness students – applications now open

Riverine Plains Inc is pleased to announce that applications for the 2021 John Hanrahan Scholarship are now open.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship recognises and encourages agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region through the support of a local second year student in their agriculture/agribusiness bachelor or diploma degree studies.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is named in honour of the late John Hanrahan, a successful and experienced farmer from Coreen, who had a passion for agriculture, a thirst for knowledge and real sense of community.

The Scholarship, which is awarded annually, includes a bursary of $5,000, access to work experience opportunities with Riverine Plains Inc or through our networks, opportunities to network and gain knowledge with free access to all Riverine Plains events and mentoring from one of our current committee members.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is open to current first year Agriculture or Agribusiness degree or diploma students, who will be entering their second year of studies in 2021.

Students aged between 18 and 30 from the Riverine Plains region of north eastern Victoria and the southern Riverina region of NSW are eligible to apply.

Applications for the John Hanrahan Scholarship open on 1 July and close on 30 September, 2020, with further details available via this link.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is administered via the Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund.

In-Season Update – Tuesday 11 August (online)

Riverine Plains Inc will host an In-Season Update on Tuesday 11 August, 2020, from 12 noon – 1pm. The event will take place online, via the Zoom meeting platform.

The event will provide a brief, technical update for Riverine Plains region farmers and industry, and will include the outlook for spring (Dale Grey, Agriculture Victoria), fungicides (Bruce Larcombe, Larcombe Agronomy) and nitrogen decision making (Lee Menhenett, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers), as well as a round-up from a number of local farmers.

There is no cost to attend this event and all are welcome.

Registrations are essential: to register, please click here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please note, participants will need to download Zoom software prior to the meeting.

For further information please download the 2020 RPI In-Season Update, or contact Riverine Plains Inc on (03) 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org.au

Managing Finances (Transforming Regions Development Program) Friday 21 August

The Transforming Regions Development Program is designed to assist participants acquire practical skills that can be applied to both personal and business life.

Part 2 – Managing Finances

When: Friday 21 August, 2020, 8:30am-12:30pm (Note recently updated session times)

Facilitated by: Dennis Hoiberg, Lessons Learnt Consulting

Session Overview:

The devil is in the detail – understanding and using the numbers

Participants will be provided with another way of looking at the numbers and detail. This module will build the business and financial literacy of the participants, with the aim of achieving clearer aspirations for participants by asking more informed questions of their advisors and providers.

Participants will “deep dive” into their businesses using a provided template to help adopt strategies that may better serve them and their businesses. In this module, participants will also be encouraged to share their findings and to identify strategies to achieve their aspirations.

To register for this event, please click here.

Further information about the other events in this program can be downloaded from the RPI 2020 Transforming regions program flyer August or by watching this short video

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This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program, in conjunction with Federation Council.