GRDC Northern Pulse Check Meeting – June 18, Kincora & Avondale

The GRDC Northern Pulse Check Meeting will be held from 10am-1:30pm at Kincora and Avondale on Tuesday 18 June.

Topics and Guest speakers include:

  • GRDC Pulse Phosphorus Nutrition Trial – Graeme Sandral, DPI Wagga.
  • Disease Management in pulses – Ian Menz, DPI Wagga.
  • Post emergent pulse crop management – Facilitated discussion.
  • How pulses fit in the farming system – John Stevenson and Brad Chant, Warakirri Cropping
  •  Pulse market update – Market Check

Please see the GRDC Northern pulse check June meeting Kincora and Avondale flyer for directions and further details.

Dookie Pulse Check Meeting – 21 June

Riverine Plains Inc will host a Pulse Check meeting at Dookie on Friday 21 August from 9:30am-12:30pm, focussing on post-seeding issues.

The meeting will include two paddock visits, with the first visit to a chickpea paddock at Boxwood (the intersection of Tungamah-Boundary and Harmer Roads, Boxwood, with signs to direct on the day), with an adjacent vetch and oat crop.  The second visit is to a faba bean paddock which contains the AgVic Southern Pulse Agronomy and Alternate Legume Trial (McCormack Road, Yabba South).

Discussions on the day will include:

  • Post emergent management in chickpeas, vetch and oat hay crop and faba beans
  • Nutrition options in pulses  – Stephen York SLTEC Fertiliser & Lee Menhenett Incitec Pivot
  • AgVic Southern Pulse Agronomy and Alternate Legume Trial inspection and discussion– Michael Straight, FAR Australia

For further information, including directions, please download the Riverine Plains Dookie_Flyer_Seeding 2019 Flyer updated

GRDC Farm Business Update, Mulwala – 25 June

The GRDC Farm to Profit Farm Business Update will be held on Tuesday 25 June 2019 at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort (1 Golf Club Road, Mulwala) from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.

The GRDC Farm Business Update events drive innovation and adoption of improved farm business management practices across the grains industry.

The event will feature a great line up of topics that analyse critical aspects of decisions to improve farm profitability, including;

  • Storing grain on-farm with Chris Warrick (Primary Business)  – how to make it work and gain more value out of the supply chain
  • Buying, leasing or investing off-farm with Eric Nankivell (Farmanco)– what’s your limit and how do you test it?
  • Taking a profit first approach to precision agriculture (PA) with Kate Burke (Think Agri)
  • Farm business resilience – being profitable with climate variability with Chris Minehan (RMS Agricultural Consultants)

For further information, please download the 2019 GRDC Mulwala Farm Business Update Flyer.

Study tour to Eastern Europe – now running in 2020

Due to circumstances outside our control, our proposed Agricultural Study Tour to Eastern Europe for 2019 has been postponed.

We are pleased however to announce that this trip will instead take place from 3-15 July 2020.

The study tour to Eastern Europe will taking in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Poland, involving visits to the cities of Bucharest, Barlad, Moldova, Chisinau, Odessa, Lviv and Krakow, as well as visits to grain and other farms across the region.

The trip is timed to coincide with grain harvest and will provide participants with an understanding of the challenges and the potential for agriculture in eastern Europe.

The trip is being escorted by Jeremy Nolan of Jeremy Nolan Travel and Tours. For enquiries, or to book, please contact Jeremy Nolan direct on 0417 697 296 or email contact@jeromynolantravel.com.au 

For further information, please download the updated Riverine Plains Inc 2020 Study tour Eastern Europe Itinerary.

Inaugural John Hanrahan Scholarship Awarded

Riverine Plains Inc, together with the Hanrahan family, are pleased to announce that the Inaugural John Hanrahan Scholarship has been awarded to second year Bachelor of Agriculture student, Mitchell Priestly, who is currently undertaking studies at the University of Melbourne.

The Scholarship presentation took place at the Riverine Plains Inc Celebration of Agriculture Dinner held on Friday 22 March, 2019, at Corowa RSL at which Riverine Plains Inc also marked its 20th year of operation.

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.

In selecting Mitchell as the inaugural recipient of the John Hanrahan Scholarship, the interview panel saw a passion for agriculture, a commitment to learning as well as community spirit reflected in Mitchell’s achievements to date.  Mitchell has also shown himself to be enterprising, hard-working and driven to support himself and his passions.

Riverine Plains Inc is delighted that the John Hanrahan Scholarship will assist Mitchell further his studies and we look forward to helping him achieve his potential and the bright future that agriculture holds..

As the 2018 recipient of the John Hanrahan Scholarship, Mitchell receives a bursary of $5,000, access to work experience opportunities through Riverine Plains Inc, access to Riverine Plains events and networks and mentoring from a current board member.

Riverine Plains Inc would like to thank the Hanrahan family for their generous donation which enabled the establishment of the Scholarship, as well as all those who have made financial or in-kind donations to ensure the Scholarship Fund continues in perpetuity.

Applications for the 2019 round of the John Hanrahan Scholarship will open in July 2019. Further details will shortly be available from this website

The Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund has been recognised by the Australian Taxation Office to provide Deductible Gift Recipient status.  For information on how to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund please contact the Riverine Plains Inc office on 03 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org.au.

 

Managing early season canola pests workshop – Corowa, 27 March

A workshop will be held at Corowa on Wednesday 27 March to help address the management of early season canola pests.

This event is part of a workshop series being held across NSW. These workshops are designed to assist farmers and advisors in identifying the range of pests and natural enemies present in canola, as well as to present the latest research information on early season pest management.

The workshops will cover:

  • Insect identification
  • Early season pest discussion
  • Management options and monitoring techniques
  • Paddock walk risk assessment

The day will feature presentations from CESAR, Phil Bowden (AOF/Pulse Australia) and Don McCaffery (NSW DPI).

Workshops will also be held at Lockhart and Deniliquin (see flyer for details).

For further details please download the Managing Pests in Canola workshops flyer (Corowa) or contact either the Riverine Plains Office on (03) 5744 1713, email info@riverineplains.org.au or Phil Bowden (AOF/Pulse Australia) on 0427 201 946, email phil@bowdenrural.com.

The workshops have been funded by GRDC, organised by Farmlink and Phil Bowden, and are supported by AOF, NSW DPI and Local Land Services.

Mixed Farming Forum, Rutherglen – 13 March

A Mixed Farming Forum will be held at the Agriculture Victoria Rutherglen Centre, Rutherglen on Wednesday 13 March from 8:45am-1:30pm.

This free forum is designed for mixed farmers and will discuss the key learnings from the successful GRDC Grain & Graze program.

Discussions will include:

  • Sheep requirements in the cereal/sheep zone for optimum livestock productivity and profitability: Kristy Howard, Inspiring Excellence
  • The importance of sown fodder on a mixed farm (& how to optimise it): Matt Mahoney, AgriDome
  • 10 years of grazing crop experiences: Josh Buerckner, IK Caldwell
  • The latest in stubble grazing values: Alison Frischke, BCG
  • Introduction to Grain & Graze decision making tools: Danielle England, AgInnovate

To register, or for further information, please contact Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org.au or download the Mixed Farming Forum Riverine Plains flyer 

Rand Pulse Check Meeting – 14 March

A pre-sowing Northern Pulse Check Meeting will be held at the Hamilton family property, Bogandillan, near Rand, on Thursday 14 March from 8:30am – 12 noon.

Guest speakers and topics are as follows;

Seeding rates: We will have scales so bring your pulse seed to calculate sowing rates for 2019

Pre- Emergent Herbicides: Chris Toohey, Elders;

Rhizobia formulations and biological markets: Dan Zinga, New Edge Microbials;

Pulse markets: Ben McClusky, Market Check;

Inoculant systems: Sandy Hamilton, Rand, Brad Chant, Lockhart, Vince Lenehan, Wagga.

The event is free and all are welcome. 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 further information, including a map of how to get to Bogandillan, please download the 2019 March Rand Pulse Check Flyer. To register your interest please contact Kate Coffey on 03 5744 1713 or email kate@riverineplains.org.au

Dookie Pulse Check Meeting – 15 March

The Riverine Plains Inc Southern Pulse Check pre-sowing discussion group meeting is on Friday 15 March.

The meeting will be held from 9:30am -12pm at the Ludeman family property sheds at 334 Ludeman Road, Waggarandall (Dookie), 3646.

The meeting will include;

  • 2018 pulse harvest debrief
  • Likely issues for sowing 2019
  • Seeding rates for 2019 (We will have scales so bring in a small sample of pulse seed and we can use these weights to calculate sowing rates for 2019)
  • Pre-emergent Herbicides Bruce Larcombe, Larcombe Agronomy.
  • Growing and Marketing Pulses David Matthews, Farm Trade Australia
  • Update on Pulse markets Anthony Cutter, AGT Foods
  • New Pulse Trial at Dookie Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Inc

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 Dookie Pulse Check group pre-season meeting flyer or to register your interest please contact Kate Coffey on 03 5744 1713, or email kate@riverineplains.org.au

Celebration of Agriculture Dinner

Riverine Plains Inc will celebrate food, farming and fellowship at a dinner celebrating Agriculture and Agribusiness at the Corowa RSL Club on Friday 22 March.

The dinner will be the springboard for our 20th Year Anniversary celebrations and will also involve the presentation of the Inaugural John Hanrahan Scholarship recipient.

This social event will also feature a Fundraising Auction, which aims to support the Scholarship into the future.

For further information, please download the Riverine Plains Inc Celebration of Agriculture Dinner invitation. RSVP’s essential by Tuesday 12 March.