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Cover/Intercropping Virtual Field Day – 8 September

Riverine Plains is hosting a virtual field day for grain growers looking to learn more about increasing crop diversity in their farming systems on Tuesday 8 September, 2020, from 9:00-9:30am.

Increasing the diversity of crop species can have positive benefits on soil health compared to monocultures, or where break crops are used minimally, with summer cover cropping, green/brown manuring, intercropping or companion cropping all providing opportunities to increase species diversity at different points in the rotation.

To look at this in more detail, a long-term trial site has been established by Riverine Plains Inc at Burramine, Victoria, to examine how more diverse rotations can impact soil function and winter crop yields, as well as profitability.

The virtual field day aims to introduce growers to the benefits of increasing diversity in their systems and  also features a virtual tour of the trial site. Speakers include;

Jane McInnes (Riverine Plains Inc)
Dr Cassandra Schefe (AgriSci): Increasing diversity in cropping systems, site and project overview
Professor Terry Rose (Southern Cross University): Results from 2019
Nathan Lawless (Burramine): Benefits to farmers
Brendan Christy (Agriculture Victoria): Intercropping to exploit rainfall for profit trial (also sown at the
site) 

For more information, please download the Virtual Cover Cropping Field Day (Burramine) Flyer 2020, contact Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Jane McInnes on 03 5744 1713 or email jane@riverineplains.org.au.

To register for this event, please click here.

To download the Riverine Plains Field Day notes on Increasing diversity in cropping systems, please click here.

To download the Agriculture Victoria Field Day notes on the Intercropping to exploit rainfall for profit trial please click here.

This trial is part of the Plant-based solutions to improve soil performance through rhizosphere modification project, supported by the Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils (Soil CRC) and led by Southern Cross University. This project is supported by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority’s ‘From the Ground Up’ program through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

The Intercropping to exploit rainfall for profit trial is funded by the Victorian Grains Innovation Partnership with  Agriculture Victoria and the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

GRDC Hyper Yielding Crop focus-farm trials for the Riverine Plains

24 August, 2020

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 GRDC Hyper Yielding Crop focus-farm trials for the Riverine Plains

A new, four-year project is set to examine the yield potential of different varieties grown under various agronomic packages as part of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) investment into hyper-yielding cereal crops.

Following on from the success of Hyper Yielding Cereals (HYC) project in Tasmania, the Hyper Yielding Crops project has recently commenced on a national scale, with GRDC Centre of Excellence trial sites established in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, NSW, and Western Australia.

Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer, Kate Coffey, explained that a Centre of Excellence has been established at Wallendbeen (near Cootamundra), NSW, with the research site chosen because it had a water-limited yield potential of 10 t/ha for cereals and 5 t/ha for canola.

“Riverine Plains Inc has also worked alongside lead organization, FAR Australia, to establish three focus farm sites in southern NSW in support of the Wallendbeen Centre, with a canola site established at Gerogery and wheat sites established at Culcairn and Howlong” she said.

Grower involvement is a major focus of the project, and Riverine Plains Innovation Groups are being established to link local growers with the focus farm paddock trials at Gerogery, Culcairn and Howlong.

The 2020 focus-farm paddock trials will look at nitrogen and fungicides, while future focus-farm paddock trials will be based on ideas arising from the local Innovation Groups, as well as from growers visiting the Centre of Excellence.

“We are hoping to conduct small-group discussion field days at the farm paddock trial sites during September, 2020, however this will depend on COVID-19 restrictions during spring” said Kate.

Riverine Plains Inc are also seeking ten paddocks from across the region to be nominated for the 2020 Hyper Yielding Crop Awards. The Award will benchmark agronomic aspects of individual wheat crops, with participating growers to receive an agronomic benchmarking report comparing that paddock to all others entered, both regionally and nationally.

The project combines the expertise of several farming groups, including Riverine Plains Inc, with FAR Australia, SARDI, Brill Ag, CSIRO, DPIRD, TechCrop and CeRDI.

“This project will ultimately provide an opportunity to unlock yield potentials by providing a greater understanding of the possible constraints and the agronomic practices required to achieve potential yields in a given season” concluded Kate.

Riverine Plains Inc are currently taking expressions of interest from growers interested in joining the Innovation Group, as well as from those farmers interested in being involved in the Hyper Yielding Crop Awards.

For further information, please visit the Riverine Plains Inc website at riverineplains.org.au or contact Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Kate Coffey on 03 5744 1713 or email kate@riverineplains.org.au.

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:

Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Inc (03 5744 1713)

GRDC Hyper Yielding Crop focus-farm trials for the Riverine Plains

A new, four-year project is set to examine the yield potential of different varieties grown under various agronomic packages as part of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) investment into hyper-yielding cereal crops.

Following on from the success of Hyper Yielding Cereals project in Tasmania, the Hyper Yielding Crops project has recently commenced on a national scale, with GRDC Centre of Excellence trial sites established in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, NSW, and Western Australia.

A Centre of Excellence has been established at Wallendbeen (near Cootamundra), NSW, with the research site chosen because it had a water-limited yield potential of 10 t/ha for cereals and 5 t/ha for canola.

Riverine Plains Inc has also worked alongside lead organization, FAR Australia, to establish three focus farm sites in southern NSW in support of the Wallendbeen Centre, with a canola site established at Gerogery and wheat sites established at Culcairn and Howlong.

Grower involvement is a major focus of the project, and Riverine Plains Innovation Groups are being established to link local growers with the focus farm paddock trials at Gerogery, Culcairn and Howlong.

The 2020 focus-farm paddock trials will look at nitrogen and fungicides, while future focus-farm paddock trials will be based on ideas arising from the local Innovation Groups, as well as from growers visiting the Centre of Excellence.

Riverine Plains Inc are also seeking ten paddocks from across the region to be nominated for the 2020 Hyper Yielding Crop Awards. The Award will benchmark agronomic aspects of individual wheat crops, with participating growers to receive an agronomic benchmarking report comparing that paddock to all others entered, both regionally and nationally.

The project combines the expertise of several farming groups, including Riverine Plains Inc, with FAR Australia, SARDI, Brill Ag, CSIRO, DPIRD, TechCrop and CeRDI.

This project will ultimately provide an opportunity to unlock yield potentials by providing a greater understanding of the possible constraints and the agronomic practices required to achieve potential yields in a given season.

Riverine Plains Inc are currently taking expressions of interest from growers interested in joining the Innovation Group, as well as from those farmers interested in being involved in the Hyper Yielding Crop Awards.

For further information, please visit the Riverine Plains Inc website at riverineplains.org.au or contact Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Kate Coffey on 03 5744 1713 or email kate@riverineplains.org.au

Postponed: Pulse Check Discussion Group Paddock Walk Dookie/Murchison East – 25 June

The GRDC Riverine Plains Pulse Check Discussion Group paddock walk scheduled for this Thursday 25 June, 2020 at Murchison East has been postponed due to a recent tightening of COVID restrictions.

We plan to reschedule the meeting sometime in late July and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

GRDC Growers as Innovators workshops – 26 & 28 May

To support local producers to commercialise ideas, new products and inventions in agrifood and fibre, Farmers to Founders is hosting free GRDC Growers as Innovators Virtual Workshops.

These workshops are ideal for producers looking to commercialise an invention or who want to develop a new, value-added product.

The events will be held online on:

  • Tuesday 26 May, 2020 from 2:30-5:30 pm
  • Thursday 28 May, 2020 from 10am-1pm

Further details are available by downloading the GRDC Growers as Innovators Virtual Workshop flyer F2F.

GRDC Pulse Check Pre-sowing Meeting – Dookie, 13 February 2020

The first meeting of the Riverine Plains Inc Dookie Pulse Check for 2020 will be held on Thursday 13 Feb 2020 from 9am – 12 noon at the St James Public Hall, 24 St James Road, St James.

Topics Include:

  • Pulse performance on farm 2019 – Facilitated discussion
  • Best bets from the Southern Pulse Agronomy Trial – Jason Brand, Agriculture Victoria Research
  • Pulse: price and profit analysis – Richard Saunders, Rural Directions
  • Nailing Pulses 2020: seed rates, plant populations, herbicide carryovers, inoculation, pre-emergent herbicides – Facilitated discussion

This event is free and all are welcome. Attendees do not need to have attended previous meetings or have any prior knowledge of pulse production. Light refreshments provided.

For further information, please download the Dookie Pulse Check pre-sowing meeting flyer or contact Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Facilitator Kate Coffey on 03 5744 1713 or email kate@riverineplains.org.au

Canola Crop Walk – Boorhaman North 9 July

A Canola Crop Walk will be held at Boorhaman North from 2pm – 4pm on Tuesday 9 July.

The crop walk will include presentations from Phil Bowden (AOF/Pulse Australia) and Don McCaffery (NSW DPI) covering:

  • Insects in canola
  • Animal health issues in grazing crops
  • Variety selections for grazing canola

For further details please download the Canola Crop Walk flyer or contact Phil Bowden (AOF/Pulse Australia) on 0427 201 946, email phil@bowdenrural.com

The crop walk is part of the Managing Early Season Canola Establishment Pests in NSW – Establishment and Co-ordination of Grower/Advisor Groups GRDC Project (FLR1810-001SAX).

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.

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.

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