The Big Community Muster

Many of our community’s farmers are facing some of the driest conditions in Australia’s history.

To provide an opportunity for our farming community to share experiences and discuss ways to build on our inherent resilience, Riverine Plains Inc has joined with a number of other organisations in sponsoring a series of information forums that aim to provide practical insights to support farmers in preparing for the future.

The Big Community Muster Events will be held from Sunday 24 February – Friday 1 March at locations including Oaklands, Deniliquin, Hay, Condoblin, Nyngan, Baradine, Rowena, Moree, Narrabri, Gunnedah, Tamworth and Scone.

The Keynote Speaker at each event will be Dennis Hoiberg from Lessons Learnt Consulting, along with Gerard O’Brien from RSM Australia and Alister Bennett from ANZ.

For further information, please download The Big Community Muster Invite 2019

GRDC Grains Research Update, Corowa – 21 February

GRDC Grains Research Update: Corowa

Corowa RSL Club, 30 Betterment Parade, Corowa

Thursday 21st February

9.00 am to 1.00 pm – doors open at 8.30 am


International speaker at Corowa GRDC Grains Research Update

Jordan and Jennifer Lindgren of Lindgren Farms, Canada have won the 2018 Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers of the Year award for their unique ability of applying R&D to their farm to drive farm business profitability.

Lindgren Farms is a grain and oilseed farm that works diligently at maximising production for these crops, while minimising cost of production. They do this with the help of field scale trials that identify products, genetics and practices that work on their farm. By combining these methods, with the latest advancements in technology, they continue to meet and exceed their production goals.

In his presentation Jordan will discuss their approach to using research to improve their bottom line.

Other industry expert speakers include:
Harm van Rees, Crop Facts Pty Ltd: The ‘National Paddock Survey’ – what we have learned
Rohan Brill, NSW DPI: Canola agronomy – key leanings from the “Optimised Canola Profitability” project
Cassandra Schefe, Riverine Plains Inc.: Riverine Plains research in progress
James Hunt, La Trobe University: emerging management tips for early sown winter wheats
Graeme Sandral, NSW DPI: Managing crop nutrient supply after a dry period

For further information on the program and how to register, please download the 2019 GRDC Corowa Grains Research Update flyer

Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting, 7 February 2019

Riverine Plains Inc will host Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting on Thursday February 7, 2019. This event continues the tradition begun by the late John Sykes and is an opportunity for local farmers to discuss the 2018 season results as well as the challenges likely to arise in the season ahead.

The Buraja meeting will involve a post-harvest debrief, presentations on new varieties, market updates and key issues for the coming season, which together provide an important planning opportunity for the 2019 grain growing season.

The dry conditions and severe frosts experienced during 2018 created a unique set of  circumstances and the Buraja meeting also provides an opportunity for farmers to share and reflect on these experiences.

Chris Minehan from Rural Management Strategies will facilitate a harvest debrief session, which will involve discussions around any likely flow-on effects for 2019, as well as other issues for 2019.

Using results from the local National Variety Trials (NVT) and the Riverine Research Centre at Yarrawonga, Michael Straight from FAR Australia will speak on regional wheat variety performance and options for planting in autumn 2019.

Chris (Desi) Toohey from Elders will also talk about the performance of new canola varieties, while David Burch from NSW DPI will talk about barley varieties. Local farmer Beau Longmire will also give a presentation on managing subsoil constraints in sandy soils and Richard Hall from Market Check will provide a grain marketing update.

Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting will be held on Thursday 7 February, 2019 at the Buraja Recreational Ground Hall, from 9am – 12:30pm. This event is free to attend and all are welcome. A BBQ lunch will be provided afterwards and no RSVP is necessary.

For more information please download the 2019 Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting Flyer or contact Fiona Hart at info@riverineplains.org.au or phone (03) 5744 1713.

Evan Moll Gerogery Field Day – 8 November

The Evan Moll Gerogery Field Day will be hosted by Riverine Plains Inc on Thursday 8th November, 2018.

The day, previously known as the Gerogery National Variety Trial and Agronomy Field Day, is an important one for local growers, with a key aspect being the inspection of the cereal and canola varieties included in the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) National Variety Trials (NVT).

The cereal NVT session and discussions will be led by Peter Matthews (NSW DPI), while Don McCaffery (NSW DPI) will lead the canola NVT variety discussions. Don will also speak about frost damage and how this can be influenced by variety.

A presentation around the best forage options and seed availability for 2019 will be made by Peter Matthews (NSW DPI) and David Leah (Seed Force). James Whiteley (AGT) will also lead a paddock inspection of the new dual purpose wheat, Illabo.

Adrian Clancy (AC Ag Commodities) and Lachy Herbert (Riverina Oils) will also discuss cereal and canola grain marketing.

The field day will be held from 12.30pm – 4.15pm on Thursday 8 November at The Moll family property, “Elderslie”, Fielder-Moll Road Gerogery, commencing with a free BBQ lunch provided by Seed Force.

For more information please contact Fiona Hart on 03 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org.au or download the Evan Moll Gerogery Field Day flyer

New Pulse Check Discussion Group for NSW Riverine Plains: First meeting 26 October, Rand

Riverine Plains Inc is forming a Pulse Check Discussion Group for the NSW Riverine Plains region.

The first meeting will be held on Friday 26 October, 2018 at the Hamilton Family property ‘Granview’ at Rand from 8:30 am to 11:30am. We will meet at the sheds before visiting a faba bean and lentil crop.

The meeting will focus on the important role pulses play in our farming systems, as well as on harvest issues.

Topics for discussion will include;

  • A farmer’s perspective on pulses – Roy Hamilton, Rand
  • Pulses: The good, the bad and the ugly – James Madden, Madden Consulting
  • Harvesting Pulses – James Madden, Madden Consulting
  • Marketing pulses & harvester fire safety – Phil Bowden, Pulse Australia
  • Value adding – Gary Drew, Lupins for Life

Directions : From Rand take Mahonga road for 12 km, Granview entrance is on your right. From Urana take Albury road for 4 km , turn right onto Mahonga road and travel for 22km Granview is on the left.

The Pulse Check Discussion Group Meeting is free and all are welcome – previous experience in growing pulses is not required. Light refreshments provided. 

For more information or to register your interest please contact Kate Coffey, NSW Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Group Facilitator on 03 5744 1713, email kate@riverineplains.org.au or download the Rand Pulse Check Discussion Group Meeting Flyer.

The GRDC Northern Pulse Check partners are Pulse Australia and Farmlink.

Gerogery farmer Tony Chaston wins Riverine Plains Inc crop competition

Gerogery farmer Tony Chaston wins Riverine Plains Inc crop competition

Riverine Plains Inc is pleased to announce Tony Chaston of Gerogery as the winner of this year’s inaugural Riverine Plains Inc Crop Competition, with his outstanding paddock of RGT Accroc wheat.

Tony was announced as the winner at the Baker Seed Co Annual Field Day on Friday 19 October and won 5 tonnes of new proprietary cereal seed valued at $5,000 kindly provided by crop competition sponsor, Baker Seed Co.

“The competition took place under very challenging conditions during 2018, with many farmers across the southern NSW and north east Victorian judging area heavily affected by drought conditions and frost” said Riverine Plains Inc Chairman, Ian Trevethan.

“Despite the conditions, we received a strong response from local growers, with entries from Berrigan, Boweya, Brocklesby, Daysdale, Gerogery and Howlong” he said.

“All of the crops entered were of a high calibre, which made it very difficult for the judges to determine the winner and only a few points separated the top three crops” added Ian.

Judging was determined across a number of categories, with the effects of the season taken into account.

Tony’s crop was rated very highly by the judges for weed, pest and disease control, as well as for crop purity and nutrition.

“Having only received 302mm of rainfall for the year, and 215mm for the growing season, the crop was estimated to have a yield potential of 5.7 t/ha, which is outstanding given the season we’ve had” said Ian.

The crop was sown at 80kg seed/ha and received nitrogen at sowing and twice during the season (June and August).

At the time of judging, the crop was quite even and still very green, showing only minimal signs of moisture stress while the hill-side location of the paddock also meant the crop avoided frost damage.

“On behalf of Riverine Plains Inc I would like to congratulate all entrants on the quality of their crops and thank Baker Seed Co for their generous sponsorship of the competition” said Ian.

Pre-Harvest Pulse Check Meeting – St James, 25 October

Riverine Plains Inc will be holding it’s 2018 pre-harvest paddock walk and meeting at St James on Thursday 25 October from 1:30pm-3:30pm.

We will be visiting the Beggs family chickpea crops (2 paddocks side by side: 1 paddock burnt and 1 paddock stubble mulched), as well as their vetch crop.

The chickpea crop is located at 119 Beggs Road, St James (northern side of road) while the vetch paddock is located at 1085 St James Road, Yundool.

Discussions on the day will include:

  • In-crop management and paddock history for each of the paddocks visited
  • Crop topping/dessication
  • Harvest management, including header set up & fire safety
  • Pulses and soil health, including impact on soil carbon – Dr Cassandra Schefe, Riverine Plains Inc
  • Grazing pulses and livestock – Alison Frischke, livestock and farming systems manager, Birchip Cropping Group
  • Update on market developments/opportunities for lentil, chickpea and other pulses Phil Bowden, Pulse Australia

Attendees do not need to have attended previous meetings or have any prior knowledge of pulse production. The event is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments provided.

For more information please download the October RPI Pulse Check Paddock Walk Flyer . To register your interest please contact: Michelle Pardy on 03 5744 1713 or email michelle@riverineplains.org.au

The GRDC Southern Pulse Extension project is delivered by a consortium of organisations involved in the pulse industry across GRDC’s Southern region.

Canola Systems Trial Site

The Australian Cool Farm Initiative: monitoring & managing greenhouse gas emissions

NSW and Victorian grain farmers interested in monitoring or reducing their greenhouse gas emissions are invited to take part in the Australian Cool Farm Initiative being delivered by Riverine Plains Inc and Central West Farming Systems, through a partnership with the USA-based Sustainable Food Laboratory.

The Australian Cool Farm Initiative is supported by global food company Mars Incorporated, as part of an effort to reduce the environmental impacts of their business. In Australia, Mars Petcare is a significant purchaser of grain from southern NSW and north east Victoria.

Grain growers produce greenhouse gas emissions in a number of ways and the Australian Cool Farm Initiative provides an avenue for growers to monitor and manage their emissions, while also exploring how different farm practices can provide long-term carbon benefits.

The Initiative can also help growers identify inefficiencies and production constraints within their systems, which has the potential to lead to significant input cost savings and production gains.

Farmers who participate in the program will receive support in the use of the Cool Farm Tool greenhouse gas calculator as well as soil sampling of up to five wheat paddocks annually. Farmers will also receive technical support and information on management options for the key limiting factors in their farming systems.

The Cool Farm Tool has been tested and adopted by a range of multinational companies including Nestle, McDonalds and Unilever through their membership of the Cool Farm Alliance. The Cool Farm Alliance works with their suppliers to measure, manage, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the effort to address global climate change.

Farmers are encouraged to contact Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713 or Central West Farming Systems to learn more about the program.