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 Mulwala for 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).

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

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