Virtual soil mapping workshop and field walk

The Improving Soils to Optimise Water Use soil mapping workshop and acid soils field walk has been moved online in response to current COVID restrictions.

Riverine Plains will host a Virtual Soil Mapping Workshop and Acid Soils Field Walk on Friday 17 September, 2021, from 9.00am – 12:30pm.

The meeting will be held over the Zoom meeting platform. To register, please visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrf-qpqj0sH9cKaLLamWAvTLBFmwR2LTae

For further information please email Riverine Plains Project Officer, Kate Coffey, at kate@riverineplains.org.au. or phone 0407 919 842.

To download and/or print the pdf version of the flyer, please click here.

Riverine Plains Research Advisory Council Members Announced

Riverine Plains are pleased to announce the formation of an inaugural Research Advisory Council which has been established to develop the research strategy and priorities of the organisation.

Riverine Plains Chairman, Ian Trevethan said the formation of the Research Advisory Council was an exciting step towards ensuring the group better identifies research opportunities, gaps, risks and issues, as well as providing insights about what is going on both inside and outside the region.

“As an organisation, we have always focussed on farmer-driven research and this will not change.  The Research Advisory Council will maintain the traditional focus on grains and soils, and in addition expand our research portfolio to incorporate livestock systems, climate and environmental pillars” said Mr Trevethan.

The Riverine Plains Research Advisory Council comprises a diverse mix of farmers, researchers and advisors, all with excellent locally relevant expertise and a range of interests and skill sets.

“It also represents the group’s geographic footprint really well, with eight members from NSW and eight from Victoria to ensure that Riverine Plains can be well-placed to meet the future needs of members” Mr Trevethan added.

The 16 member Research Advisory Council will be jointly chaired by Riverine Plains Board Members Melissa Brown (Miepoll, Vic) and John Bruce (Barooga, NSW).  The newly appointed members include Scott Bartlett (Kialla, Vic), Dr. (Paul) Long Cheng (Dookie, Vic), David Gooden (Lockhart, NSW), Rob Inglis (Wagga Wagga, NSW), David Leah (Gerogery, NSW), Angus Malmo (Yerong Creek, NSW), Craig Marshall (Rennie, NSW), Tom Marriott (Barooga, NSW), Dr. Madeline Mitchell (Melbourne, Vic), Eric Nankivell (Albury, NSW), Andrew Russell (Lilliput, Vic), Rhiannon Sandford (Yea, Vic), Dr. Cassandra Schefe (Rutherglen, Vic) and Corey Uebergang (Peechelba East, Vic).

“Locally relevant research, extension and validation provides an incredibly important foundation for improving the way we farm, so the importance of this group can’t be understated in terms of what it means for the productivity and sustainability of local farming businesses” said Mr Trevethan.

“We congratulate all those appointed to the advisory council and look forward to the group being a driving force for the Riverine Plains research, extension, validation and adoption program to deliver timely and innovative outcomes for members” concluded Mr Trevethan.

Riverine Plains encourages anyone with research ideas, needs, queries or challenges, to please get in touch with one of the Research Advisory Council members, or contact the Riverine Plains office directly on 03 5744 1713 or email research@riverineplains.org.au.  

 

 

Riverine Plains Research Advisory Council

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RIVERINE PLAINS RESEARCH ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS ANNOUNCED

Riverine Plains are pleased to announce the formation of an inaugural Research Advisory Council which has been established to develop the research strategy and priorities of the organisation.

Riverine Plains Chairman, Ian Trevethan said the formation of the Research Advisory Council was an exciting step towards ensuring the group better identifies research opportunities, gaps, risks and issues, as well as providing insights about what is going on both inside and outside the region.

“As an organisation, we have always focussed on farmer-driven research and this will not change.  The Research Advisory Council will maintain the traditional focus on grains and soils, and in addition expand our research portfolio to incorporate livestock systems, climate and environmental pillars” said Mr Trevethan.

The Riverine Plains Research Advisory Council comprises a diverse mix of farmers, researchers and advisors, all with excellent locally relevant expertise and a range of interests and skill sets.

“It also represents the group’s geographic footprint really well, with eight members from NSW and eight from Victoria to ensure that Riverine Plains can be well-placed to meet the future needs of members” Mr Trevethan added.

The 16 member Research Advisory Council will be jointly chaired by Riverine Plains Board Members Melissa Brown (Miepoll, Vic) and John Bruce (Barooga, NSW).  The newly appointed members include Scott Bartlett (Kialla, Vic), Dr. (Paul) Long Cheng (Dookie, Vic), David Gooden (Lockhart, NSW), Rob Inglis (Wagga Wagga, NSW), David Leah (Gerogery, NSW), Angus Malmo (Yerong Creek, NSW), Craig Marshall (Rennie, NSW), Tom Marriott (Barooga, NSW), Dr. Madeline Mitchell (Melbourne, Vic), Eric Nankivell (Albury, NSW), Andrew Russell (Lilliput, Vic), Rhiannon Sandford (Yea, Vic), Dr. Cassandra Schefe (Rutherglen, Vic) and Corey Uebergang (Peechelba East, Vic).

“Locally relevant research, extension and validation provides an incredibly important foundation for improving the way we farm, so the importance of this group can’t be understated in terms of what it means for the productivity and sustainability of local farming businesses” said Mr Trevethan.

“We congratulate all those appointed to the advisory council and look forward to the group being a driving force for the Riverine Plains research, extension, validation and adoption program to deliver timely and innovative outcomes for members” concluded Mr Trevethan.

Riverine Plains encourages anyone with research ideas, needs, queries or challenges, to please get in touch with one of the Research Advisory Council members, or contact the Riverine Plains office directly on 03 5744 1713 or email research@riverineplains.org.au.  

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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

More Information or interview: Ian Trevethan, Chairman, Riverine Plains 0409 520 725.

 

Virtual Fodder for the Future Field Day – 9 September

Due to COVID restrictions, The Fodder For the Future Paddock Walk is now being delivered virtually.

The Virtual Field Day will provide an opportunity for interested dairy, grain, hay and silage farmers to discuss factors affecting quality fodder crop production, including soil pH.

This Field Day will be delivered using the Zoom meeting platform – to register, please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwufuivqz4tH9R9pcXIG_MX14TQlNvhxplm

For more information, please email Jane McInnes at jane@riverineplains.org.au or contact the Riverine Plains office by phoning 0407 919 842.

To download or print a copy of the flyer, please click here.

The Fodder for the Future project is funded by the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, through the Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program.

This event is supported by the North East Catchment Management Authority through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Riverine Plains awarded grant to support farmer technology adoption

Riverine Plains awarded grant to support farmer technology adoption

Riverine Plains is one of 20 producer groups selected to take part in the AgriFutures Australia Producer Technology Uptake Program, a national pilot program designed to boost technology adoption on farm.

The program is working with established producer groups to deliver a bespoke technology workshop, as well as other activities, to introduce technology solutions and kick start adoption.

Riverine Plains was awarded funding to deliver two separate Innovation events as part of the program.

Riverine Plains Project Officer, Kate Coffey, said the first Innovation event will be a Farm Tech workshop on Tuesday 7 September, 2021, to help farmers learn about new technologies, develop skills to use data to improve decision making, as well as unlock value from existing technology & data.

“Technology solutions can help optimise resource-use across farm businesses, but determining which solution is best can be complicated, so the workshop is designed to help farmers simplify the adoption process and learn how to make the most of the data they already have available” said Ms Coffey.

In addition to the September Farm Tech workshop, the funding will also be used to deliver an Innovation Field Day in February 2022 as part of the three-day Riverine Plains Innovation Expo.

“The Innovation Expo aims to foster innovation, create connections, share knowledge, as well as showcase businesses and individuals operating ahead of the curve, and we are excited about the Innovation Field Day as a way to bring together farmers and technology providers together and help better manage some of the farming systems issues we have in the region” added Ms Coffey.

Other successful projects to receive funding include innovation field days and robotic harvest solutions, to building local senor networks and digital irrigation monitoring to name a few. A major focus for all producer groups will be assessing return on investment when it comes to selecting technology solutions for farm businesses.

AgriFutures Australia Manager, Innovation, Ulicia Raufers said interest in the pilot program was staggering, highlighting the agricultural sector’s enthusiasm to harness the benefits of technology.

“The diversity of applicants exceeded our expectations and we’re thrilled with the response,” said Ms Raufers.

“The program is first and foremost about meeting the needs of local producers. Workshops will offer producers a practical pathway to evaluate the role and value of new technology in their farming operations.”

Key to the program will be a centrally-designed and facilitated workshop for producer groups to attend locally. The workshops are designed to share practical information, decision-making tools and resources.

Ms Raufers said producers will walk away from the workshops with a personalised farm technology plan, including relevant solutions to their farming system and importantly, steps to implementation.

“The individual activities aim to arm producers with the knowledge to become technology adopters which will help speed up decision making, create labour savings and improve market access, amongst other benefits for their farm businesses,” said Ms Raufers.

The Riverine Plains Farm Tech workshop will be held on Tuesday September 7, 2021 from 8:30am – 3:00pm at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort, Mulwala, NSW (COVID permitting). The workshop will be presented by Rural Edge and facilitated by Brooke Sauer, Intellect Ag.

There is no cost to attend, however places are limited. To register, please email Riverine Plains Project Officer, Kate Coffey, at kate@riverineplains.org.au or phone (03) 5744 1713 for further information.

Stay up to date with the progress of the AgriFutures Australia Producer Technology Uptake Program via: https://www.agrifutures.com.au/national-rural-issues/producer-technology-uptake-program/

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More Information or Interview:

Kate Coffey, Project Officer, Riverine Plains on 03 5744 1713 or email kate@riverineplains.org.au

Workshop – Creating a Farm Tech Plan: Making the data work for you

Riverine Plains will host a 2-part online Farm Tech workshop to help producers develop skills and knowledge around how to use data to improve decision making, as well as to unlock value from existing technology & data.

The workshop will take place over two sessions, with Session 1 being held on Tuesday September 7 (from 8:45am – 12 noon) and Session 2 taking place on Tuesday 14 September (from 8:45am – 12 noon).

Participants will also learn how to develop a farm tech plan and identify additional technology to improve productivity & efficiency.

The Farm Tech workshop will be presented by Rural Edge and facilitated by Brooke Sauer, Intellect Ag, and funded by AgriFutures Australia.

There is no cost to attend, however places are limited for this event. You can still register to attend Workshop #2 (even if you missed the first workshop) by emailing Riverine Plains Project Officer, Kate Coffey, at kate@riverineplains.org.au or phone 0407 919 842.

The pdf of the flyer can be downloaded here

Best practice liming project to help address sub-soil acidity

We are looking for a farmer from north-east Victoria to host a trial site as part of this project. If you think you have a subsoil acidity constraint (ideally less than pH 5 in the 5-20cm zone) and would like to be involved in a trial looking at best practice liming and lime quality issues, please email Riverine Plains Project Officer, Jane McInnes at jane@riverineplains.org.au .

Riverine Plains is pleased to be leading a new GRDC investment, Best practice liming to address sub-soil acidity in NE Victoria, which aims to increase awareness of acidity and pH stratification in local soils, as well as the management tools available to farmers.

While many grain growers are working towards maintaining surface soil pH values above pH 5 through regular soil testing and targeted lime applications, highly acidic layers in the 5-20cm sub-soil can affect production and economic returns, especially when sensitive crops such as pulses are grown.

Because surface-applied lime only moves very slowly down the soil profile, applied lime may only be acting in the surface zone, failing to reach acidic layers further down the profile. Moreover, because soil testing has traditionally been done by bulking surface and subsoil layers together, many farmers may be unaware they have an acid soil layer that is limiting production.

As part of this new project, Riverine Plains will establish a replicated trial to look at how the incorporation of lime can improve the distribution of lime down the soil profile and lessen the impacts of soil acidity on subsequent crops. Some of the techniques which are being considered for the trial include spading, discing, ripping and prickle-chaining.

The lime treatment trial will be established during February 2022 and will compare crop performance of subsequent crops across the different treatments. These results will then be used to inform an economic analysis of the treatment options, while intensive soil sampling will also help to understand differences in nutrient availability, pH and soil organic carbon between treatments.

Lime quality can be quite variable so Riverine Plains will also be establishing a demonstration trial at the same site looking at the quality effect of lime.

For further information about the project, or to learn how to become involved, please contact Riverine Plains Project Officer, Jane McInnes on 03 5744 1713 or email jane@riverineplains.org.au.

Best practice liming project to help address sub-soil acidity

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Best practice liming project to help address sub-soil acidity

Acid soils have long been known to be a major constraint to crop and pasture production in north-east Victoria, with the reacidification of previously limed soils and pH stratification becoming increasingly important issues for the region’s grain farmers.

Given the local significance of the issue, Riverine Plains is pleased to be leading a new GRDC investment, Best practice liming to address sub-soil acidity in NE Victoria, which aims to increase awareness of acidity and pH stratification in local soils, as well as the management tools available to farmers.

Riverine Plains Project Officer, Jane McInnes, explained that acid soils can severely limit production rates and economic returns, especially when growing sensitive crops such as pulses.

“While many grain growers are working towards maintaining surface soil pH values above pH 5 through regular soil testing and targeted lime applications, we are increasingly seeing highly acidic layers in the 5-20cm sub-soil affect production” said Ms McInnes.

“Surface-applied lime only moves very slowly down the soil profile and this can mean that lime may only be acting in the surface zone, failing to reach acidic layers further down the profile” she added.

As part of the project, Riverine Plains will establish a replicated trial to look at how the incorporation of lime can improve the distribution of lime down the soil profile and lessen the impacts of soil acidity on subsequent crops. Some of the techniques which are being considered for the trial include spading, discing, ripping and prickle-chaining.

The lime treatment trial will be established during February 2022 and will compare crop performance of subsequent crops across the different treatments. These results will then be used to inform an economic analysis of the treatment options, while intensive soil sampling will also help to understand differences in nutrient availability, pH and soil organic carbon between treatments.

“Lime quality can be quite variable so we will also be establishing a demonstration trial at the same site looking at the quality effect of lime” explained Ms McInnes.

The demonstration will also include an elemental sulfur treatment to accelerate acidification and give an indication of the future effects if lime was not applied.

Project steering committee member, Rutherglen farmer and GRDC southern panellist, Andrew Russell, said that because soil testing has traditionally been done by bulking surface and subsoil layers together, many farmers may be unaware they have an acid soil layer that is limiting production.

“By raising awareness of this issue, and ways to manage it, we hope to be able to improve the effectiveness of local liming programs in the long-term” he said.

For further information about the project, or to learn how to become involved, please contact Riverine Plains Project Officer, Jane McInnes on 03 5744 1713 or email jane@riverineplains.org.au.

Riverine Plains 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:

Jane McInnes, Project Officer, Riverine Plains on 03 5744 1713.

Interactive Precision Agriculture Workshop Cancelled

Cancelled due to COVID-19 regulations.  We will endeavour to arrange another form of delivery as soon as we can.

Registrations are now open for a Precision Agriculture (PA) Training workshop to be held on Monday 23 August, 2021. The event will now be held at Burkes Hotel Function Room (Yarrawonga) from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

The workshop is free and interactive, and is designed to help participants gain a better understanding of how to use proven tools and techniques in devising strategies for forecasting and addressing yield and profit variability (scroll down for program details).

To register, please email Fiona Hart at info@riverineplains.org.au or phone (03) 5744 1713.

The flyer can also be downloaded here.