Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting – Thursday 7 February

31 January, 2019

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Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting 2019

Riverine Plains Inc will host Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting on Thursday February 7, 2019. This event continues the tradition started by the late John Sykes and is an opportunity for local farmers to discuss the 2018 season results as well as the challenges likely to arise in the season ahead.

“The Buraja meeting is long-standing and well-known event involving a post-harvest debrief, presentations on new varieties, market updates and key issues for the coming season, which together provide an important planning opportunity for the 2019 grain growing season” explained Riverine Plains Inc Executive Officer, Fiona Hart.

“The 2018 season was tough for Riverine Plains region growers, with the dry conditions, and severe frosts having a big impact on the profitability of the 2018/2019 winter grain harvest” said Fiona.

“While unusually extreme, last year’s conditions created a unique set of experiences and learnings and the Buraja meeting provides an opportunity for farmers to share and reflect on these experiences with the aim of using this information into the future” added Fiona.

Chris Minehan from Rural Management Strategies will facilitate a harvest debrief session, which will involve discussions around any likely flow-on effects for 2019, as well as other issues for 2019.

Using results from the local National Variety Trials (NVT) and the Riverine Research Centre at Yarrawonga, Michael Straight from FAR Australia will speak on regional wheat variety performance and options for planting in autumn 2019.

Information on the performance of new barley and canola varieties suitable for the region will also be presented, along with a grain marketing update.

Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting will be held on Thursday 7 February, 2019 at the Buraja Recreational Ground Hall, from 9am – 12:30pm. This event is free to attend and all are welcome. A BBQ lunch will be provided afterwards and no RSVP is necessary.

For more information please contact Fiona Hart at or phone (03) 5744 1713 or visit the website at

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

Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting – the harvest that was and the season that will be

Riverine Plains Inc will again host the annual Buraja Meeting at the Buraja Recreational Ground Hall on Thursday 4 February 2016.

Held in memory of the late John Sykes, a popular border agronomist who first instigated the “Buraja Meeting” in 1983, the informal agronomic update will consist of a post-harvest debrief, planning for the upcoming season and marketing.

Yarrawonga farmer and Riverine Plains committee member Adam Inchbold said the Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting was different to the usual conference model. “It is interactive and a general forum for all farmers, it is a think tank that farmers can contribute to”.

Mark Harris from Rural Management Strategies will provide a post-harvest debrief, and highlight some key points to consider in the year ahead.

Variety choices and agronomic management of all key crops will be discussed. Wheat will be covered by Nick Poole from FAR Australia, Lisa Castleman from Riverina Local Land Services will discuss barley variety and management, canola options will be presented by Don McCaffery from NSW DPI and Trevor Bray from Unigrain will discuss pulse options relevant to the region. Grain marketing will also be covered by Tim Glass from Lachstock Consulting.

Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting will run from 9am to noon and all are welcome. A BBQ lunch will be provided and no RSVP is required.

For further information contact Riverine Plains on (03) 5744 1713 or email