Riverine Research Centre Open Day – 27 September

Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia will host the Riverine Research Centre Spring Open Day at Burramine, near Yarrawonga, on Thursday 27 September, 2018.

The Riverine Research Centre hosts a number of cereal agronomy research trials and the Centre Open Day will provide an opportunity to view this local research as well as providing an opportunity to discuss the current dry season and the significant impact of recent frost events.

Dr James Hunt, from La Trobe University will talk about results from a GRDC investment looking at crop management for early sown, slow developing wheats. Discussions around this and other research being conducted at the site will also provide further information for growers on how to identify frost damage as well as how to manage frost risk into the future.

Eric Watson, from Canterbury New Zealand, will discuss the farming practices and systems that supported his recent world record irrigated wheat crop of 16.71 tonnes per hectare.

Dr Maarten van Helden from SARDI will also provide the latest information of the monitoring taking place for Russian Wheat Aphid across south eastern Australia, while other presentations will include Riverine Plains Inc funded research into the early sowing of winter wheat cultivars and the potential for winter barley cultivars.

The Open Day will run from 9am – 12pm on 27 September at the Riverine Research Centre, corner Forges Road and Odeas Road (Beatties Road), Burramine, Victoria. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

The Riverine Research Centre is a partnership between Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia.
For more information please contact Fiona Hart at info@riverineplains.com.au, or (03) 5744 1713 or download the 2018 Riverine Research Centre Open Day Flyer

GRDC SPRAY APPLICATION WORKSHOPS AT DOOKIE AND RUTHERGLEN

Riverine Plains Inc are hosting two Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) Spray Application Workshops on 13 and 14 September, 2018.  The half-day workshops will be conducted by Bill Gordon, from Bill Gordon Consulting and are designed to assist farmers get the most from their spray equipment.

Bill is a consultant who has delivered a number of GRDC funded projects related to application technology and drift management to the Australian agricultural industry.

Through a combination of practical demonstration and ‘sit-down’ training, Bill will provide up-to-date information on nozzle selection, droplet behaviour, drift reduction, weather for spraying and inversion risk.  He will also discuss the need for different setups depending on the type of spray job at hand, recent changes to regulation and herbicide resistance.

Two workshops will be held in the Riverine Plains region:

Dookie – Thursday 13 September

1pm – 4pm

The University of Melbourne – Dookie Campus, 940 Dookie-Nalinga Road, Dookie

Rutherglen – Friday 14 September

9am – 12noon, lunch provided

Agriculture Victoria, 124 Chiltern Valley Road, Rutherglen

There is no charge to attend the workshops.  These workshops are funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) as part of the Practical and applied workshops and communications to promote key messages and resources to maximise the effectiveness of spray applications in the southern region project.

Bookings are essential as workshops are strictly limited to 25 attendees.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Fiona Hart at Riverine Plains Inc on (03) 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org.au

 

Pulse Check discussion group paddock walk – 3 September

Riverine Plains Inc will be holding it’s next Pulse Check paddock walk  on Monday 3 September from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

We will be first visiting John Alexander’s Faba Bean Paddock (opposite the house at 320 Devenish-Wangaratta Road (on north side of road), Bungeet West) before visiting his chickpea paddock (located near Devenish township).

We will then visit Gall’s chickpeas and lentils,  located on the intersection of the Benalla-Tocumwal Rd and the St James Rd.

Discussions will include
• Paddock management strategies (for each paddock visit)
• Crop pests, disease and weeds (Bruce Larcombe, Larcombe Agronomy & Tony Kelly, Advanced Ag)
• Nodulation
• Nitrogen fixation on acid soils and pH stratification (Helen Burns, NSW DPI, Wagga Wagga)
• Managing spring pulse logistics
• Update on market developments for lentil, chickpea and other pulses

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

The event is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments and lunch provided.

For more information please download the RPI September Pulse Check meeting flyer.

To register your interest please contact: Michelle Pardy on 03 5744 1713, email michelle@riverineplains.org.au 

 

John Hanrahan Scholarship for agriculture students – applications close 31 August

Earlier this year, farming systems group Riverine Plains Inc, launched the John Hanrahan Scholarship in support of tertiary students studying an agriculture or agribusiness bachelor or diploma degree course.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, explained that the Scholarship is named in honour of John Hanrahan, a successful and experienced farmer and respected community member from Coreen, who passed away unexpectedly in 2014.

“John was a great friend and supporter of Riverine Plains Inc and he had a real enthusiasm for the types of ongoing research that Riverine Plains Inc is involved with”, said Barry.

“Through a generous donation made by the Hanrahan family, Riverine Plains Inc has been able to establish a Scholarship in John’s name to honour his passion for farming, his thirst for knowledge and his sense of community”.

The Scholarship, awarded annually, 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 includes a bursary of $5,000, access to work experience opportunities either with Riverine Plains Inc, its partner organisation FAR Australia or through our networks, opportunities to network and gain knowledge with free access to all Riverine Plains events and networks and mentoring from one of our current board 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 2019.

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, 2018, with details available from the John Hanrahan Scholarship – Information and application page.

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

In-Season Update, 9 August Mulwala

Riverine Plains Inc In-Season Update: For the farmer by the farmer

Riverine Plains Inc will host its annual In-Season Update at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on Thursday 9 August, 2018.

The Update provides an opportunity for grain growers and advisors to consider the issues likely to impact broadacre crops this spring.

DEDJTR Victoria Seasonal Variability Agronomist Dale Grey will speak on the seasonal outlook for spring, while a separate panel discussion will address dry season management.

Riverine Plains Inc has been involved in a GRDC project evaluating the effectiveness of harvest weed seed control techniques and Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Kate Coffey will discuss the results from this work, while Chairman Ian Trevethan will speak on his practical experiences with a range of harvest weed seed techniques.

Lockhart farmer Mark Day will also discuss his experiences with chaff decking and stubble management.

Riverine Plains Inc’s Research Officer, Dr Cassandra Schefe and Michael Straight from FAR Australia will provide an overview on the key outcomes from the Stubble Project, including results from the frost component of this work. Results from a project investigating the management of early-sown wheat for the region will also be discussed, along with an overview of other current projects.

The Update will be held at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort in Golf Club Road Mulwala on Thursday 9 August from 9am to 1pm, with registrations open from 8.30am.

For catering purposes, pre-registrations for the In-Season Update must be received by 7 August 2018. Cost is $25 for Riverine Plains Inc members and $35 for non-members (payable 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 2018 In Season Update flyer

Pulse Check Discussion Group Paddock Walk – Monday 16 July

A post-sowing paddock walk will be held on the 16 July 2018 from 9:30 am for growers and advisors interested in pulse production.

The paddock walk will include visits to chickpea and faba bean crops near Goorambat and Devenish, Victoria. Discussions at each paddock will focus on crop establishment and early-season issues including;

• Response to sowing time, sowing rate and depth
• Plant density
• Early establishment pests and strategies
• Early crop disease identification and control strategies
• Early crop weed control strategies
• Update on market developments/opportunities for lentils, chickpeas and other pulses

Attendees do not need to have attended previous meetings or have any prior knowledge in pulse production to attend.

Please note the discussion group has recently been expanded to cover all pulse types.

For more information please download the July RPI Pulse Check discussion group flyer

Canola Systems Field Day – 26 July Daysdale, Coreen, Howlong

Canola systems are being examined as part of a GRDC and Riverine Plains Inc field day to be held on Thursday 26 June, 2018.

The day aims to help growers work through issues around varietal selection, good agronomy and adequate nutrition by visiting trial sites established at Daysdale, Coreen and Howlong.

The field day will begin at 10.00am at the  canola systems trial site at Daysdale, which was established by Farmanco in partnership with Riverine Plains Inc and is designed to evaluate the profitability of different canola systems using hybrid, triazine tolerant, imi tolerant, high oleic and Roundup Ready® technologies.

The second part of the field day involves visits to trials sown as part of a GRDC investment investigating sulphur and nitrogen nutrition in canola. These trials were established to review regionally accepted sulphur and nitrogen application rates for canola in light of the good application histories many paddocks now have.

The field day will commence at 10am at the Maloney family farm, 95 Saffron Road, Daysdale, NSW. The second site visit will be from 12 noon at the Tomlinson family’s farm, Emu Park Road, Coreen. The third site visit will commence at 2:15pm at the Trevethan Family farm, Riverina Highway, Howlong.

This event is free and all are welcome. Signage will be provided on the day and lunch is included. Seed company representatives will be on hand to answer questions about different varieties at the canola systems trial site.

For more information and directions please download the Spotlight on canola systems flyer.

Burramine Crop walk June 21 to discuss outcomes of four years of stubble research

Grain growers and advisors are invited to a paddock walk being run by Riverine Plains from 10am on Thursday 21 June at the Riverine Research Centre, near Yarrawonga in Victoria.

The paddock walk will provide an an opportunity to heart the key outcomes and learnings from the five-year Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) project Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble in the Riverine Plains region, which compared the effect of a number of stubble management strategies on crop growth and development.

The morning will also feature discussions on results from the small plot trials established to determine the impact of stubble management on row spacing, application of nitrogen, yellow leaf spot and plant growth regulators.

Following the stubble discussions, growers are invited to tour the range of trials being undertaken at the Riverine Research Centre this season, including early sown wheat and barley, disease and fertiliser trials.

In previous years, growers and advisors have been able to tour the Riverine Research Centre trials during the annual Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia Spring Field Day. However,  growers and advisors are invited to view the trials earlier this season, so that they can follow the progress of these trials through to the Spring Field Day and the subsequent yield results.

Dr Schefe facilitate the walk along with Michael Straight from FAR Australia, who will discuss the outcomes of the large focus farm findings and the small plot results from the 2014 – 2017 seasons, as well as introducing the Riverine Research Centre 2018 trials.

The paddock walk will take place at 10am on Thursday 21 June at the Riverine Research Centre, located at the corner of Forges & Odeas Road, Burramine, via Yarrawonga.

This event is free and all are welcome. For more information please download the RPI Stubble Project Paddock Walk, RRC tour Flyer or contact Cassandra Schefe by emailing cassandra@riverineplains.org.au, or phone (03) 5744 1713.

The Riverine Research Centre is a dedicated small plot research site trial site established through a collaboration between Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia to provide an independent focal point for regional and national research projects in the Victorian and NSW border region.

 

Farm profit in focus at Mulwala GRDC Farm Business update – 27 June

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting the Farm Business Update on June 27.

The event, which has the theme of ‘Strategic Steps: Enduring Profitability’ is designed to raise awareness and improve grower knowledge of issues relating to farm business management.

The update is an opportunity for growers and their advisers to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from grain marketing and identifying emerging technologies to succession planning.

Brad Knight from Geo Commodities will talk to growers about what to grow, where to store grain and how to determine buyers in a bid to guide marketing plans to maximise profits.

Identifying high cost paddocks and how they impact farm profit and financial performance, particularly in low income years, will be the focus of a presentation by Phil O’Callaghan from ORM.

Technology specialist Paul Higgins from Emergent Futures will explain to growers how they can assess the real value of new technologies to their farm business.

Leo Delahunty from Templemore Partners will share firsthand experiences of how effective management and succession planning can help a family farm work across generations.

The Mulwala Farm Business Update will be held at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort, Golf Club Road, Mulwala from 8.30am to 1pm on June 27.

More information can be obtained by downloading the GRDC Mulwala update flyer, visiting https://grdc.com.au/events/list or by phoning ORM on 03 5441 6176 or emailing admin@orm.com.au.

Final Stubble Project Paddock Walk – 21 June at the RRC

Riverine Plains Inc will discuss the final results and outcomes from the Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble in the Riverine Plains region project trials at the Riverine Research Centre, Burramine, Victoria on Thursday 21 June.

When:     Thursday 21 June 2018

                  10am – 12pm

Where:   Riverine Research Centre (RRC), Cnr Forges Rd & Odeas Rd (Beatties Rd), Burramine, Victoria

The morning will involve a summary of 5 years of GRDC Stubble Project data, including results from stubble management, row spacing, YLS, PGR, NDVI and PA trials by Dr Cassandra Schefe (Riverine Plains Inc) and Michael Straight (FAR Australia). 

Following this discussion, a tour of the 2018 Riverine Research Centre research site trials will occur.

For further information please download the RRC Stubble Project Paddock Walk Flyer