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.

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.