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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.

GRDC Spray Application Worshops – Dookie and Rutherglen

30 August 2018

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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 

 

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.

Integrated Harrington Seed Destructor Demonstration, Culcairn

To investigate the impact of different harvest weed management techniques on ryegrass weed seed banks, the GRDC have invested in the Harvest Weed Seed Control in the Southern Region project (SFS00032 led by Southern Farming Systems).

As part of the project, Riverine Plains Inc, together with Farmlink, are holding an Integrated Harrington Seed Destructor (iHSD) demonstration day at Sherwyn Rd, Culcairn (Eastern end) on Wednesday 20th December from 10.00am til 12 noon.

The iHSD is a mill that is fitted to a combine harvester to process the chaff fraction of harvest waste,with the mechanical action of the mills acting to destroy the weed seeds.

For the demonstration, Graham Kotzur will use a harvester fitted with an iHSD fitted to harvest canola,  and will talk about the pros and cons of using the machine.

Kate Coffey will also speak briefly about the Riverine Plains Inc trial work evaluating the impact of harvest height, chaff removal and harvest timing on weed seed banks.

For further information download the iHSD demonstration day flyer or contact Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Inc, (03) 5744 1713.

Events

GRDC Grains Research Update – Corowa

The GRDC Grains Research Update will be held at Corowa RSL on Thursday 21 February, 2019.

The program and further information will be advised closer to the date.