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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

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 – 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

Pulse Check (Lentil & Chickpea) Discussion Group Meeting – 7 March, Dookie

Lentil and Chickpea Marketing and Pre-Sowing Meeting

Riverine Plains Inc will host a pre-sowing Pulse Check Discussion Group meeting at Dookie on Wednesday 7 March. The meeting will provide an opportunity for local growers and advisors interested in lentil and chickpea production to discuss practical aspects of production and marketing.

Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Facilitator, Michelle Pardy, explained that local interest in lentils and chickpeas had been growing as growers looked for more reliable pulse options, with favourable pricing contributing to the rising interest.

“A number of growers in southern NSW and north-east Victoria grew chickpeas or lentils for the first time in 2018, with harvest results being largely positive despite the impact of frost, the dry September and harvest rains” said Michelle.

“With more growers curious about these crop types, and with sowing not too far away, this pre-sowing meeting aims to help growers with some of their lentil or chickpea marketing and planning decisions” she said.

“Of particular interest will be the implications of the recent 30% import tariff imposed by India, so we have arranged for experienced pulse agronomist and Pulse Australia Southern Region Industry Development Manager, Phil Bowden, to discuss this and other aspects of pricing and marketing” said Michelle.

Phil will also be involved in other discussions around paddock and variety selection, herbicide options, inoculant use and early nutrition. Growers can also bring in samples of graded seed from 2017 so that individual seeding rates can be calculated for 2018.

The pre-sowing Pulse Check Discussion Group Meeting will be held on Wednesday 7 March, 2018 at the Gladstone Hotel, Dookie, from 1pm – approx. 3pm. Current and prospective lentil and chickpea growers and advisors are welcome, with new growers especially invited to attend.

Light refreshments provided: RSVP for catering purposes to Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Group Facilitator, Michelle Pardy, on 03 5744 1713 or michelle@riverineplains.org.au.

For further information download the Riverine Plains Pre-Seeding Pulse Check Meeting Flyer.

The Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Discussion group has been established as part of GRDC’s Southern Pulse Extension Project. The Southern Pulse Extension project is being delivered by a consortium of organisations involved in the pulse industry across GRDC’s Southern region and provides a collaborative opportunity to increase the knowledge of growers and advisers on sustainable pulse production. 

Pulse Check (Lentil & Chickpea) Discussion Group Meeting – 7 March, Dookie

19 February, 2018

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Lentil and Chickpea Marketing and Pre-Sowing Meeting

Farming systems group Riverine Plains Inc will host a pre-sowing Pulse Check Discussion Group meeting at Dookie on Wednesday 7 March. The meeting will provide an opportunity for local growers and advisors interested in lentil and chickpea production to discuss practical aspects of production and marketing.

Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Facilitator, Michelle Pardy, explained that local interest in lentils and chickpeas had been growing as growers looked for more reliable pulse options, with favourable pricing contributing to the rising interest.

“A number of growers in southern NSW and north-east Victoria grew chickpeas or lentils for the first time in 2018, with harvest results being largely positive despite the impact of frost, the dry September and harvest rains” said Michelle.

“With more growers curious about these crop types, and with sowing not too far away, this pre-sowing meeting aims to help growers with some of their lentil or chickpea marketing and planning decisions” she said.

“Of particular interest will be the implications of the recent 30% import tariff imposed by India, so we have arranged for experienced pulse agronomist and Pulse Australia Southern Region Industry Development Manager, Phil Bowden, to discuss this and other aspects of pricing and marketing” said Michelle.

Phil will also be involved in other discussions around paddock and variety selection, herbicide options, inoculant use and early nutrition. Growers can also bring in samples of graded seed from 2017 so that individual seeding rates can be calculated for 2018.

The pre-sowing Pulse Check Discussion Group Meeting will be held on Wednesday 7 March, 2018 at the Gladstone Hotel, Dookie, from 1pm – approx. 3pm. Current and prospective lentil and chickpea growers and advisors are welcome, with new growers especially invited to attend.

Light refreshments provided: RSVP for catering purposes to Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Group Facilitator, Michelle Pardy, on 03 5744 1713 or michelle@riverineplains.org.au.

For further information visit www.riverineplains.org.au.

The Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Discussion group has been established as part of GRDC’s Southern Pulse Extension Project. The Southern Pulse Extension project is being delivered by a consortium of organisations involved in the pulse industry across GRDC’s Southern region and provides a collaborative opportunity to increase the knowledge of growers and advisers on sustainable pulse production. 

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.

 

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More Information or Interview:

Michelle Pardy, Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Facilitator on 03 5744 1713 or 0428 734 795.

Pulse Check paddock walk & discussion, 19 October at Dookie: Lentils & Chickpeas

Growers interested in learning more about lentil and chickpea production are invited to join the Riverine Plains Inc North East Victoria & Southern NSW Pulse Check discussion group paddock walk and discussion.

We will be hosting a pre-harvest paddock walk and discussion on Thursday 19 October, 2017 at the Ludeman Brothers property at 334 Ludeman Road, Waggarandall (Dookie). The morning will begin with a shed based discussion at 9:30 am before moving out into a chickpea paddock later in the morning (an additional paddock inspection may be confirmed closer to the date).

Prior experience in growing pulses is not required as the purpose of the group is to increase regional knowledge and capacity in pulse production. The event is free and all are welcome.

The event will run from 9:30 am-12 noon.  Light refreshments will be provided on the day.

The discussions will focus on practical aspects of lentil & chickpea production, including;

  • Crop topping
  • Header set up
  • Mitigating header fire risks
  • Harvest Logistics
  • Retaining seed
  • Storage
  • Marketing
  • Paddock Selection

To register for the Riverine Plains Inc north-east Victorian and southern NSW Pulse Check Discussion Group, please contact Michelle Pardy, Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Group Facilitator,  on 03 5744 1713, email michelle@riverineplains.org.au or download the RPI 2017 Pre-Harvest Pulse Check Lentil & Chickpea Flyer.

The Riverine Plains Inc North East Victoria & Southern NSW Pulse Check discussion group is part of the GRDC Southern Pulse Extension Project, which is being delivered by a consortium of organisations involved in the pulse industry across GRDC’s Southern region 

Stubble Project Paddock walks-10, 11 October at Coreen, Henty, Yarrawonga & Dookie

SPRING STUBBLE WALKS TO DISCUSS FROST, MOISTURE USE

Riverine Plains Inc is holding its spring series of “Stubble Project” paddock walks next week, on the 10 and 11 October, 2017. The walks are part of the GRDC investment Maintaining Profitable Farming Systems with Retained Stubble in the Riverine Plains Region and will take place at on-farm trial sites at Coreen, Henty, Yarrawonga and Dookie.

The paddock walks are being held at the project trial sites, which compare the performance of different stubble management techniques including mulching, incorporation, burning and standing stubble.

This is the final year of large scale on-farm trials for this project, and next week’s spring paddock walks provide an opportunity for growers to visit these trial sites and see how crops sown under the different stubble management techniques are responding to the current seasonal conditions.

The walks also present an opportunity for farmers and advisors to come together to discuss frost risk and moisture availability, as well as nitrogen response this season.

The focus farms are spread throughout the Riverine Plains, allowing farmers and advisors to attend the site closest, and most relevant to them.

The dates for the on-farm discussion groups are:

  • Coreen: Tuesday 10 October, 10am – 12noon at Tomlinson Ag’s property, Emu Park Rd (gate is on the western side of the channel, between Minns and Straherne Roads), Coreen.
  • Henty: Tuesday 10 October, 2pm – 4pm at Peter Campbell’s property. Meet at the sheds, 452 Henty-Pleasant Hills Road, Henty (“Avondale” on the mailbox).
  • Yarrawonga: Wednesday 11 October, 10am – 12noon at Telewonga Ptd Ltd, 292 Reillys Road, Yarrawonga.
  • Dookie: Wednesday 11 October, 1:30pm – 3.30pm at the Ludeman Brothers property, Dookie-Devenish Road (gate is between Dookie-Nalinga Road and Proctors Road), Dookie.

Speakers will include Michael Straight from FAR Australia and Cassandra Schefe from Riverine Plains Inc.

These events are free and all are welcome. For more information please download the 2017 RPI October Stubble Paddock Walk Flyer, or contact cassandra@riverineplains.org.au or phone (03) 5744 1713.

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

 

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