Time Management & Productivity Workshop – March 11, Corowa

Riverine Plains Inc is hosting a free Time Management and Productivity workshop for people employed in farming and regional business within the Federation Council.

The workshop is part of a workshop series focussing on skills to help manage yourself, your time, your relationships and your role or business and will be delivered by Rebecca Fing, House Paddock Training and Consulting.

It will be held on Wednesday 11 March from 9am-4:30pm (tea & coffee from 8:45am) at the Tom Roberts Meeting Room, Corowa Civic Centre, 100 Edward St, Corowa NSW, and will cover;

• The art of planning and setting great goals
• Time management
• Optimising productivity in your work day
• Getting App’Ed – apps and podcasts for productivity
• Improving administrative efficiency and Paperless office

For more information, or to register, please download the RPI Time management and productivity workshop flyer, contact Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713 or email Fiona Hart

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. RSVP’s essential by Monday 9 March, 2020.

This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program, in conjunction with Federation Council.

Agribusiness Dinner & Launch of the John Hanrahan Scholarship, Friday 2 March

Members, sponsors and friends of Riverine Plains Inc are invited to our Agribusiness dinner and official launch of the John Hanrahan Scholarship, to be held next Friday 2 March at the Corowa RSL Club, Betterment Parade, Corowa.

The evening will feature Alexandra Gartmann, CEO of Rural Bank as our special guest speaker, along with a local food and wine display and fundraising auction.   For producers interested in donating products for the auction, please download the Agribusiness producer request

The evening will also see the launch of the John Hanrahan Scholarship, which has been established to recognise and encourage agricultural excellence in local students studying their second year of an Agriculture/Agribusiness degree or diploma course.

Our vision is that the Scholarship will continue in perpetuity and we also invite members, sponsors and friends of Riverine Plains Inc to consider making a donation to the Scholarship Fund so that this vision can be realised.

The Fund has been recognised by the Australian Taxation Office to provide Deductible Gift Recipient status.

We invite you to join us for an enjoyable evening as we celebrate food, farming and fellowship. Tickets $50 each. RSVP’s essential by Wednesday 21 February – see the 2018 Agribusiness Dinner Invitation for further details.


Corowa Update digs into local research

Growers and advisors at the Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC) Research Update in Corowa this February will hear the latest in local research on retaining stubble.

Riverine Plains Inc is a grower group dedicated to improving the productivity of broadacre farming systems in north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. The group is one of 16 farming systems and research organisations involved in GRDC’s flagship stubble investment, ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble.’

The investment, which finishes in June 2018, is driving exploration of issues that impact the profitability of retaining stubbles across a range of environments in southern Australia. The aim is to develop regional guidelines and recommendations that assist growers and advisers to consistently retain stubbles profitably.

Riverine Plains Research and Extension Officer Dr Cassandra Schefe said the group established four large, commercial scale field trials at Dookie, Yarrawonga, Henty and Coreen/Corowa (‘Focus Farms’).

“These trial sites compared different stubble management practices and plant establishment, growth and yield,” Dr Schefe said.

“Smaller trials also evaluated the importance of timing of nitrogen (N) application, plant growth regulators, row spacing and variety selection in optimising production in stubble retained systems.

“The large plot field trials were always placed into a cereal stubble, so the sites didn’t continue in the same location every year, but were placed in different paddocks to maintain the same rotation position, with the trial crop being sown into wheat stubble.”

Dr Schefe said while the trial results cannot be directly compared across seasons (2014 to 2017), the effect of different stubble management techniques can be reviewed across years to determine if any single approach appears to consistently yield better.

“Generally, across the past four seasons stubble management has not been a key driver of yield, except for stubble height at Dookie, and addition of N at sowing at Yarrawonga and Henty in 2014,” she said.

“This general lack of effect may be largely due to extreme weather through some of the growing seasons, being heat stress in October 2015, and waterlogging and high cloud cover in winter and spring 2016, which would have overridden any effects of stubble management on yields.

“The timing of flowering had a strong impact on the degree to which these two factors influenced final crop yields”

A key Riverine Plains Inc project finding is that stubble management can directly influence flowering date, which Dr Schefe said may be of value as a risk management strategy to spread the risk of frost damage or water stress in a dry spring.

“This finding is dependent on other factors though, with the high frequency of frosts in 2017 meaning that frost damage was likely to occur over a range of flowering dates.

“The impact of stubble management has certainly differed according to site and season over the past four years.

“It is important to view these results within the context of the seasonal conditions. Therefore, the most productive and profitable approach to stubble management may change according to the season.”

Dr Cassandra Schefe will address the one-day GRDC Research Update at Corowa on Thursday 15 February 2018. Other speakers include Roger Lawes from CSIRO on Understanding the basis behind the yield gap and Rohan Brill from NSW Department of Primary Industries on Critical Agronomy management points for optimising canola profitability.

Go to for the full list of speakers and to register.

Corowa GRDC Grains Research Update

GRDC Grains Research Update (Corowa)

Venue: Corowa RSL, 30 Betterment Parade, Corowa NSW

The GRDC Grains Research Update provides a unique forum for growers and advisers to learn from and network with leading industry professionals.

Topics Include:

  • Opportunities and challenges for continuous cropping systems  – John Kirkegaard (CSIRO)
  • Strategic tillage – The Verdict – Mark Conyers (NSW DPI)
  • Riverine Plains Research in Progress  – Cassandra Schefe (RPI)
  • Living with the Russian Wheat Aphid – Frank Peairs, Colorado State University and Rachel Taylor-Hukins (NSW DPI)
  • South American Agricultural Study Tour – Roy Hamilton (RPI member)
  • Strategies to Manage Weed Seed Blowouts in 2017 – Greg Condon (GrassRoots Agronomy) and
  • Michael Walsh (University of Sydney)

Following lunch (2.00 pm to 3.30 pm), there will be an informal question and answer forum with Frank Peairs on the Russian Wheat Aphid

Please see the 2017 GRDC Corowa update invite for  further details.

Morning tea, lunch and proceedings booklet are included

Contact Name: Matt McCarthy

Contact Email Address:

Contact Phone: 03 5441 6176

Contact Website:

Cost (in AUD$): $30.00 per person, $20.00 per additional people from the same business


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