In-Season Update – 9 August, Mulwala

31 July 2018

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Riverine Plains Inc In-Season Update: For the farmer by the farmer

Local farming systems group Riverine Plains Inc will host its annual In-Season Update at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on Thursday 9 August, 2018.

“The Update is an important event on our calendar and provides an opportunity for grain growers and advisors to consider the issues likely to impact broadacre crops this spring” said Riverine Plains Inc Executive Officer and event organiser, Fiona Hart.

“The dry start to the season is obviously a concern to farmers and our program aims to address this as well as those issues that affect management in the longer term” she said.

“To this end, DEDJTR Victoria Seasonal Variability Agronomist Dale Grey will speak on the seasonal outlook for spring, while a separate panel discussion will address dry season management and the trigger points for major decisions around grazing or crop salvage should conditions remain dry” added Fiona.

Weed seed management is a perennial problem and Riverine Plains Inc has been involved in a GRDC project evaluating the effectiveness of harvest weed seed control techniques.  Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Kate Coffey will discuss the results from this work, while Chairman Ian Trevethan will speak on his practical experiences with a range of harvest weed seed techniques.

Lockhart farmer Mark Day will also discuss his experiences with chaff decking and stubble management.

Riverine Plains Inc’s Research Officer, Dr Cassandra Schefe and Michael Straight from FAR Australia will provide an overview on the key outcomes from the Stubble Project, including results from the frost component of this work.  Results from a project investigating the management of early-sown wheat for the region will also be discussed, along with an overview of other current projects.

The Update will be held at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort in Golf Club Road Mulwala on Thursday 9 August from 9am to 1pm, with registrations open from 8.30am.

For catering purposes, pre-registrations for the In-Season Update must be received by 7 August 2018. Cost is $25 for Riverine Plains Inc members and $35 for non-members (payable on the day) and includes morning tea and lunch. To register, contact Fiona Hart at 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


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Fiona Hart, Executive Officer, Riverine Plains Inc (03 5744 1713)



In Season Update – Managing in the Wet

Riverine Plains Inc will host its annual In-Season Update at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on Thursday 11 August, 2016.

The update aims to present the latest technical information for grain growers to help prepare for the critical spring growth period.

Waterlogging is currently affecting many crops and is creating challenges in the context of nutrition and pest management.  We have put together a program covering topics of interest to grain growers while also addressing the wet conditions and the specific challenges facing farmers as a result.

Canola can be a difficult crop to grow, particularly under wet conditions, and Clint Rogers from Pioneer will speak about hybrid canola phenology and it’s relationship to time of sowing, disease and yield. Kurt Kindbeck from NSW DPI will also address canola disease, particularly the pathology of sclerotinia and backleg.

Russian Wheat Aphid has recently been detected in Victoria and has the potential to cause significant yield loss in our winter crops. Dr Garry McDonald from CESAR will discuss the implications of this discovery and will cover identification and the latest management strategies for the control of Russian Wheat Aphid, along with other pests.

For a number of years, Riverine Plains Inc has also been involved in investigating the place of Precision Agriculture in local farming systems and Tocumwal farmer Nathan Pate, will provide us with his practical perspective. Nathan will discuss yield analysis, permanent tracks, pH mapping and lime application, as well as the potential cost savings, which will be of particular interest to farmers.

Dr Cassandra Schefe, Darcy Warren (Agriculture Victoria) and Michael Straight (FAR Australia), will also provide an update of Riverine Plains Inc research into the effects of different stubble management techniques and the latest frost data from this project. Michael will also discuss results from the nitrous oxide project, which is researching ways to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from crop production systems.

Dale Grey from Agriculture Victoria will also speak on the outlook for spring and updated yield potential figures.

In the afternoon, we are partnering with the Birchip Cropping Group to deliver a series of presentations centred around making more profit from crop nutrition. This is an excellent opportunity for growers to hear renowned speakers cover aspects of soil testing, root response to fertiliser and micro-nutrient responses as well as nitrogen and phosphorus fertiliser use strategies for this season.

The in-season update will be held from 9:00am – 3:30 pm at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club resort. Pre-registrations close on the 8th August. Cost is $25 for Riverine Plains Inc members and $35 for non-members (payable on the day), which includes catering. Click here for the agenda and registration form.


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