FAR Australia Pulse Field Walk – 8 October, Coreen

FAR Australia is hosting a GRDC Pulse Field Walk for NSW farmers on Friday 8 October, 2021, from 10am-12pm at ‘Stratherne’, Coreen (NSW) as part of the NSW Pulse Agronomy Project.

Due to COVID restrictions, registrations are essential to rachel.hamilton@faraustralia.com.au or phone 0428 843 456.

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

Soil organic carbon & pH online workshop – 23 March

An online workshop with Dr Cassandra Schefe (AgriSci Pty Ltd)  will present the key findings from the Riverine Plains project “Quantifying in-paddock variations of soil organic carbon and pH” project. The project was funded through Goulburn Broken CMA’s “From the Ground Up” project and commenced in 2019.

The workshop will present the research results from this project and aims to increase the understanding of the interaction between soil organic carbon and pH, as well the need for updated sampling practices and opportunities for increasing soil organic carbon.

When: Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Time: 9.00am – 10.15am

Where: online

To register for this workshop, click here or contact Karen Brisbane – Bullock on 0409 955 396 or email karenb@gbcma.vic.gov.au

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

Paddock Walks – Coreen, Henty, Dookie & Yarrawonga, Aug 1&2


Grain farmers looking to improve the profitability and sustainability of their stubble retained systems are invited to the August series of paddock walks being run by local farming systems group, Riverine Plains Inc.

The paddock walks will take place on August 1 and 2 at on-farm trial sites located near Yarrawonga, Dookie, Coreen and Henty. These trial sites have been established by Riverine Plains Inc as part of a 5 year GRDC project comparing the effect of a number of stubble management strategies on crop growth and development.

Riverine Plains Inc is in the final season of this project and a picture is starting to emerge in terms of how crops respond to the different stubble treatments. The August paddock walks provide a chance for farmers to see how plants in the various stubble treatments have emerged and how well they are responding to various inputs. The walks also provide an opportunity to discuss previous year’s results.

Dr Cassandra Schefe will be facilitating the walks, along with Michael Straight from FAR Australia who will discuss the early season data from the trial plots, and discuss overall trends in early crop development from across the 2014 – 2017 seasons.

Results from the in-canopy temperature sensors installed at the Yarrawonga, Dookie and Coreen sites in 2017, will also be presented.

There will also be a visit to a related demonstration site at Rennie which is looking at practical and economic ways of lowering stubble heights.

The dates for the upcoming on-farm discussion groups are:

  • COREEN – TUESDAY AUGUST 1 9:30am – 12noon. Commencing at Tomlinson Ag’s property, Emu Park Rd, Coreen (gate is on the western side of the channel, between Minns and Straherne roads), before moving on to Adam Davis’ property at Rennie to view the Fast-Track Ag Demonstration Site.
  • HENTY – TUESDAY AUGUST 1 2:00pm – 4.00pm at Peter Campbell’s property. Meet at the sheds, 452 Henty-Pleasant Hills Road, Henty (“Avondale” on the mailbox).
  • YARRAWONGA – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2 10:00am – 12noon at Telewonga Pty Ltd, 292 Reillys Rd, Yarrawonga.
  • DOOKIE – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2 1:30pm – 3.30pm at the Ludeman Brothers property, Dookie-Devenish Road (gate is between Dookie-Nalinga Road and Proctors Road), Dookie.

The walks are being held as part of the project Maintaining Profitable Farming Systems with Retained Stubble in the Riverine Plains, funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). The Rennie demonstration site has been established though The Sustainable Agriculture Victoria: Fast-Tracking Innovation initiative, which has been made possible with the support of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) together with the William Buckland Foundation.

The events are free and all are welcome. For more information please contact Cassie at cassandra@riverineplains.org.au , (03) 5744 1713 / 0419 238 798, download the August Stubble Walks Flyer.

Harvest Weed Seed Tour – Review

By Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Inc

A local Harvest Weed Seed Management tour was held on the 24th January.  The tour involved looking at three different options for harvest weed control and followed on well from what was learnt on the Western Australia study tour two years ago.

The day’s discussions showed many farmers have already adopted practices such as spray topping cereals and spraying behind canola windrows. However, the difficulties encountered last year with weed control in wet conditions has focussed attention on the need to also do something at harvest.

The techniques that were viewed and discussed on the day included:

  • Separating chaff and straw, dropping chaff on top of the straw and baling (Trevethan Farms, Corowa).
  • Collecting the chaff in a cart towed behind the header (Wayne and Curt Severin, Brocklesby).
  • Adding a ready-made chaff deck  to the header to separate the chaff from straw, placing it in the wheel tracks (Chris Blomeley, Mulwala).

Visit 1  to the Trevethan family property saw Ian describe their header modifications (done this year with the assistance of engineers) in order to separate the chaff and straw. This involved changing the spinners and adding chutes and funnels so that the chaff could be dropped on top of a narrow windrow of straw.  The straw is  baled as soon as possible after harvest to ensure that as many weeds as possible can be removed from the paddock.

NOTE: The efficiency of this method will be analysed in a GRDC funded Harvest Weed Seed Control for the Southern Region demonstration site.  The site will compare the efficiency of the “chaff dropped on top of narrow windrow and baled” method, versus a more traditional narrow windrow burn as well as a blanket burn.

Visit 2 was to the Severin family, who have used a chaff cart for many years.  Curt has recently built a new cart, with several design improvements. The cart is towed behind the header and works by blowing the chaff  onto a conveyer belt, which feeds in to the top of the cart.  A camera in the header shows when the cart is full (or near to), so the cart can be emptied in the headland while turning without stopping.  The chaff is dumped in the paddock every few runs.

One of the problems with this method has been removing the “chaff dumps”, which was previously done by burning. The dumps can take a long time to burn but breaking them up with a loader can help them burn more quickly.  The preferred  option is to bale the chaff, or to fence off the chaff dumps and strip graze with stock.  Canola chaff in particular is quite popular as a livestock feed.

Visit 3 was to the Blomeley family who built and trialled a “chaff deck” in 2012.  The deck separated out the chaff and placed it in the wheel tracks.  Once the weed seeds germinate the following year, weeds are controlled in the tracks using a shielded sprayer.

The chaff deck was abandoned due to design problems, which caused blockages where there were high residues.  In the future, Chris will use rotational crops (such as hay and faba beans) for weed control and investigate a prefabricated chaff deck, when he purchases a new header.

Summary: The day featured three different methods of managing weed seeds at harvest, all with the ultimate goal of reducing paddock weed seed numbers.  Each method had its pros and cons, and as one farmer said “it doesn’t matter what weed seed collection/destruction system you are using, as long as it is causing a reduction in the weed numbers over time”.

Thanks to all our farmer hosts and organisers.

View A short clip of Ian Trevethan’s header in action. The header has been modified to separate the chaff and drop it in a narrow windrow. 

View a short clip of Curt Severin’s chaff cart in action.

Corowa GRDC Grains Research Update

GRDC Grains Research Update (Corowa)

Venue: Corowa RSL, 30 Betterment Parade, Corowa NSW

The GRDC Grains Research Update provides a unique forum for growers and advisers to learn from and network with leading industry professionals.

Topics Include:

  • Opportunities and challenges for continuous cropping systems  – John Kirkegaard (CSIRO)
  • Strategic tillage – The Verdict – Mark Conyers (NSW DPI)
  • Riverine Plains Research in Progress  – Cassandra Schefe (RPI)
  • Living with the Russian Wheat Aphid – Frank Peairs, Colorado State University and Rachel Taylor-Hukins (NSW DPI)
  • South American Agricultural Study Tour – Roy Hamilton (RPI member)
  • Strategies to Manage Weed Seed Blowouts in 2017 – Greg Condon (GrassRoots Agronomy) and
  • Michael Walsh (University of Sydney)

Following lunch (2.00 pm to 3.30 pm), there will be an informal question and answer forum with Frank Peairs on the Russian Wheat Aphid

Please see the 2017 GRDC Corowa update invite for  further details.

Morning tea, lunch and proceedings booklet are included

Contact Name: Matt McCarthy

Contact Email Address: admin@orm.com.au

Contact Phone: 03 5441 6176

Contact Website: http://www.orm.com.au/events/eventdetail/123/-/grdc-grains-research-update-corowa-nsw

Cost (in AUD$): $30.00 per person, $20.00 per additional people from the same business

Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting 2017


Riverine Plains Inc invites growers to attend Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting, to be held on February 2, 2017. The meeting is an opportunity for local farmers to discuss the harvest that was, the lessons learnt from 2016 and the challenges likely to arise in the season ahead. This event continues the tradition started by the late John Sykes and is named in his honour.

“Riverine Plains is particularly proud to be associated with this long-standing and important community event” said Riverine Plains Inc Extension Officer, Dr Cassandra Schefe.

“With the experiences of a particularly wet 2016 growing season still fresh in mind, the forum provides an ideal opportunity to flesh out the issues of 2016 and work out some strategies in preparation for the 2017 winter cropping season” she said.

The day will start with a post-harvest debrief session, run by Mark Harris from Rural Management Strategies. Mark will also address key aspects of preparing for the year ahead.

Using results from the NVT and other trials, Nick Poole from FAR Australia will speak on the best wheat variety options for the region, while Felicity Harris from NSW DPI will speak on Barley varieties. Rohan Brill from NSW DPI will speak on canola varieties and Lisa Castleman from Riverina Local Land Services will speak on the best bet pulse options for 2017.

Tim Glass from Lachstock Consulting will then present on aspects of grain marketing for the year ahead.

Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting will be held on Thursday 2nd February, 2017 at the Buraja Recreational Ground Hall, commencing at 9am sharp until 12:30pm. All are welcome to this free event and a BBQ lunch will be provided afterwards. No RSVP is necessary.

For more information please contact Riverine Plains at extension@riverineplains.com.au, (03) 5744 1713 / 0419 238 798 or visit our new website at riverineplains.org.au

Please see the Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting Flyer 2017 for further details

Final opportunity to view trials at the Riverine Research Centre before harvest

You are invited to an informal evening hosted by Nick Poole and Michael Straight (FAR Australia) at the Riverine Research Centre on Thursday 20 October from 6pm to approximately 7.30pm. The evening will allow growers and industry representatives a final look at the trials before harvest as well as provide an opportunity to discuss varieties and any other issues.

5769 Benalla-Yarrawonga Road, Yarrawonga, approximately 3km south of Yarrawonga (between Katamatite-Yarrawonga Road & Dodds Road) at the crest of the hill. Enter via the gate on the south side of the house (signage provided).
-36.045450, 45.995347

Take your social media skills to the next level

Come and look at the different social media tools you can use in agriculture or business in a practical skills session which will cover getting set-up, started off and getting the best from platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Explore social media and mobile technology use in agriculture, with Professor Lisa Given of the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University, in partnership with the Graham Centre.  Discuss your perceptions of mobile technology and how it fits into your work, including what apps you use.

Date: Thursday 8 September 2016

Time: 11am – 2pm (lunch provided)

Where: Riverine Plains Inc, Shop 4, 97-103 Melbourne Street Mulwala NSW 2647

Cost:  FREE

RSVP: Monday 5 September to Fiona Hart on 03 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.com.au

Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting – the harvest that was and the season that will be

Riverine Plains Inc will again host the annual Buraja Meeting at the Buraja Recreational Ground Hall on Thursday 4 February 2016.

Held in memory of the late John Sykes, a popular border agronomist who first instigated the “Buraja Meeting” in 1983, the informal agronomic update will consist of a post-harvest debrief, planning for the upcoming season and marketing.

Yarrawonga farmer and Riverine Plains committee member Adam Inchbold said the Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting was different to the usual conference model. “It is interactive and a general forum for all farmers, it is a think tank that farmers can contribute to”.

Mark Harris from Rural Management Strategies will provide a post-harvest debrief, and highlight some key points to consider in the year ahead.

Variety choices and agronomic management of all key crops will be discussed. Wheat will be covered by Nick Poole from FAR Australia, Lisa Castleman from Riverina Local Land Services will discuss barley variety and management, canola options will be presented by Don McCaffery from NSW DPI and Trevor Bray from Unigrain will discuss pulse options relevant to the region. Grain marketing will also be covered by Tim Glass from Lachstock Consulting.

Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting will run from 9am to noon and all are welcome. A BBQ lunch will be provided and no RSVP is required.

For further information contact Riverine Plains on (03) 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.com.au.