New Irrigation Discussion Group – first meeting 30 August, Mulwala

Grain growers are invited to the first meeting of the Riverine Plains Irrigated Discussion Group, which will be held on Friday 30 August, 2019 from 7:30-10:30 am at the Riverine Plains Inc office, 4/97-103 Melbourne St, Mulwala.

The Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group is being formed as part of a project led by the Irrigated Cropping Council which aims to link new and innovative research investments by GRDC with local farmer-driven groups to enable interested growers to more actively involved in the irrigated grains research process.

Growers who join the Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group will build on their knowledge by:

  • learning from one-another
  • building new peer and industry networks
  • gaining access to the latest research data
  • having the opportunity to shape project trial work to ensure it is relevant and meeting local needs

Some of the new irrigated research work to be discussed at group meetings will include results from projects looking to develop and validate soil amelioration and agronomic practices for irrigated grain crops as well as maximising the dollar return per megalitre of water.

The discussion group will also provide an opportunity for farmers to experiment with new techniques, research methods or develop an idea through local focus paddock trials on a local property.

The irrigation discussion group will meet four times each year to discuss agronomy and soil trials in the region and the implications of the research results at a local level.

Groups are also being established across the southern region by the Irrigated Cropping Council and project collaborators: Irrigation Research & Extension Committee, Southern Growers, Southern Farming Systems, the Maize Association of Australia and MacKillop Farm Management Group..

For further information, please download the Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion group flyer  or contact Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group Facilitator at kate@riverineplains.org.au or 03 5744 1713.

Dookie pre-canopy closure Pulse Check Meeting – 13 August

A pre-canopy closure meeting will be held at Dookie on Tuesday 13 August, 2019 from 9am-11:30am as part of the Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Discussion Group series of meetings.

The paddock walk and discussion will begin at Gall’s lentil paddock (corner Pelly Rd & South Boundary Rd, St James) before moving to Alexander’s albus lupin crop (NW corner Devenish-St James Rd and Boxwood Rd). The final site will be the Southern Pulse Agronomy site, McCormack Rd, Yabba South.

Discussions will also include:

  • Nodulation results from the GRDC N fixation farmer demonstrations (Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Inc)
  • Albus lupin production (Bruce Larcombe, Larcombe Agronomy)
  • Disease Management (Joshua Fanning, Agriculture Victoria Research)

For further information, please download the Dookie pre-canopy closure Pulse Check meeting flyer 2019

In-season update – Mulwala, 8 August

Riverine Plains Inc will host its annual In-season Update at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on Thursday 8 August, 2019 from 9am – 1pm.

This all-important spring rainfall outlook will be delivered by Agriculture Victoria Seasonal Variability Agronomist, Dale Grey who will speak via videolink. Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer, Jane McInnes, will also provide a snapshot of current soil moisture availability, using data from the Riverine Plains weather station network, to help understand how much water is currently being held across the region’s soils.

James Manson from Southern Farming Systems will discuss the long-term economics and impact of harvest weed seed control techniques using results from a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) project (also involving Riverine Plains Inc).

Nick Ennis from Lawson Grains will also discuss the application of precision agriculture technologies for targeted soil amelioration.

Based on experiences from a recent trip to Canada and the US, Riverine Plains Research Coordinator, Dr Cassandra Schefe will also present her observations on cover cropping, soil research, regenerative agriculture as well as pulse research and development.

Dr Cassandra Schefe and Jane McInnes will also provide an update of Riverine Plains Inc current local research program, while Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Kate Coffey will review the economic results from a GRDC project looking at applying sulphur to canola crops in southern NSW.

For catering purposes, pre-registrations for the In-Season Update must be received by 5 August 2018. Cost is $25 for Riverine Plains Inc members and $35 for non-members (payable online or on the day) and includes morning tea and lunch. To register, contact Fiona Hart at info@riverineplains.org.au or phone 03 5744 1713.

For further information, please download the In-season update 2019 Flyer.

After lunch a Soil Health Workshop will take place from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.  Farmers are invited to discuss the importance of soil health as well as how to improve the local relevance of soil improvement research. Further information is available via the Soil Health Workshop flyer.

John Hanrahan Scholarship – applications now open for 2020

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 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 2020.

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 31 August 2019, with details available here.

The John Hanrahan 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.

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

Farm Business Management Essentials Workshop – Mulwala, 29 July

A one day interactive Farm Business Management Essentials Workshop will be held on Monday 29 July, in Mulwala.  The workshop will be delivered by Tony Hudson.

Please see Farm Business Management Essentials Mulwalafor further details.  Places are strictly limited.  To register or for further enquiries, please contact Fiona Hart on 03 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org.au

Canola Crop Walk – Boorhaman North 9 July

A Canola Crop Walk will be held at Boorhaman North from 2pm – 4pm on Tuesday 9 July.

The crop walk will include presentations from Phil Bowden (AOF/Pulse Australia) and Don McCaffery (NSW DPI) covering:

  • Insects in canola
  • Animal health issues in grazing crops
  • Variety selections for grazing canola

For further details please download the Canola Crop Walk flyer or contact Phil Bowden (AOF/Pulse Australia) on 0427 201 946, email phil@bowdenrural.com

The crop walk is part of the Managing Early Season Canola Establishment Pests in NSW – Establishment and Co-ordination of Grower/Advisor Groups GRDC Project (FLR1810-001SAX).

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.