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, 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.


Spring Field Day to highlight local Research, Cereal Agronomy

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Spring Field Day to highlight local Research, Cereal Agronomy

Grain growers are invited to the Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia joint Spring Field Day, to be held at the Riverine Research Centre, near Yarrawonga, on Thursday 28 September, 2017.

FAR Australia Managing Director, Nick Poole, said that while the day had a cereal agronomy focus, it was also about providing local growers and advisors with an opportunity to view the range of small plot research trials hosted at the site.

“Our research at the Riverine Research Centre includes agronomy for early-sown dual-purpose wheats, fungicide and nitrogen agronomy in barley, as well as nitrogen research in wheat, so the day’s focus will be on viewing these and other trials, as well as on hearing special presentations by guest speakers” said Nick.

“One of the feature presentations will be made by Dr Fran Lopez, from the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, who will discuss the current resistance status of several important fungal diseases, as well as practical management tools to aid control in the field” he said.

“The potential for crop damage as a result of spring frost also weighs heavily on the minds of growers at this time of year, and given the Riverine Research Centre is host to several frost trials, we will be discussing the links between frost risk and sowing date, nitrogen timing and canopy structure” Nick added.

Growers and advisors will also have the opportunity to view the dual purpose cereal research plots, sown as part of a La Trobe University project examining sowing dates, plant populations, nitrogen timing and grazing.

Lee Menhenett, from Incitec Pivot will speak about fertiliser practice in the region over the past 5 years while Dr Cassandra Schefe will present results from Riverine Plains Inc’s 2016 research into nitrogen application and NDVI technology.

The Spring Field Day will run from 9:30am – 1:30 pm on 28 September at the Riverine Research Centre, Forges Road (south of the Katamatite-Yarrawonga Road), Burramine, Victoria. Morning tea and a BBQ 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, on (03) 5744 1713, visit or download the RPI & FAR Spring Field Day Flyer 2017.

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