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Irrigation Discussion Group Meeting – Corowa, Wednesday 18 December

The second meeting of the Riverine Plains Inc Irrigated Discussion Group will take place in the Corowa region on Wednesday 18 December  8:30am to 12:30pm (light lunch provided).

The group will meet at 8:30am at “Burraja Station” (Alistair Robb’s irrigated sorghum seed crop), with the session covering topics including:

  • Pivot maintenance and managing wheel tracks: Paul Upton, Uptons Engineering
  • Improving water use efficiency in Pivots: Paul Lavis, IK Caldwell
  • Calculating pumping costs: Dennis Watson, DEDJTR

At 10.30am, the meeting will move to “Lilydale” to view the Dye family’s irrigated maize crop. Topics will include;

  • Strip tillage and phosphorus placement:  Rosie Dye, IK Caldwell
  • Soil amelioration demonstrations: John Fowler, Murray LLS
  • Soil amelioration explained:  Dr Ehsan Tavakkoli, NSW DPI

Directions:  Buraja Station: Meet at 1000 Filliponis Lane, Lowesdale and follow signs.

Lillydale: From Corowa, 7.7km on Riverina Hwy towards Howlong, turn north into Lillydale Rd and go 5.2km to double gate and follow signs to field day.

For more details, download the Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group field walk flyer December 2019, contact Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group Facilitator by email kate@riverineplains.org.au or phone (03) 5744 1713.

New Irrigation Discussion Group – first meeting 30 August, Mulwala

Grain growers are invited to the first meeting of the Riverine Plains Irrigated Discussion Group, which will be held on Friday 30 August, 2019 from 7:30-10:30 am at the Riverine Plains Inc office, 4/97-103 Melbourne St, Mulwala.

The Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group is being formed as part of a project led by the Irrigated Cropping Council which aims to link new and innovative research investments by GRDC with local farmer-driven groups to enable interested growers to more actively involved in the irrigated grains research process.

Growers who join the Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group will build on their knowledge by:

  • learning from one-another
  • building new peer and industry networks
  • gaining access to the latest research data
  • having the opportunity to shape project trial work to ensure it is relevant and meeting local needs

Some of the new irrigated research work to be discussed at group meetings will include results from projects looking to develop and validate soil amelioration and agronomic practices for irrigated grain crops as well as maximising the dollar return per megalitre of water.

The discussion group will also provide an opportunity for farmers to experiment with new techniques, research methods or develop an idea through local focus paddock trials on a local property.

The irrigation discussion group will meet four times each year to discuss agronomy and soil trials in the region and the implications of the research results at a local level.

Groups are also being established across the southern region by the Irrigated Cropping Council and project collaborators: Irrigation Research & Extension Committee, Southern Growers, Southern Farming Systems, the Maize Association of Australia and MacKillop Farm Management Group..

For further information, please download the Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion group flyer  or contact Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group Facilitator at kate@riverineplains.org.au or 03 5744 1713.

Dookie pre-canopy closure Pulse Check Meeting – 13 August

A pre-canopy closure meeting will be held at Dookie on Tuesday 13 August, 2019 from 9am-11:30am as part of the Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Discussion Group series of meetings.

The paddock walk and discussion will begin at Gall’s lentil paddock (corner Pelly Rd & South Boundary Rd, St James) before moving to Alexander’s albus lupin crop (NW corner Devenish-St James Rd and Boxwood Rd). The final site will be the Southern Pulse Agronomy site, McCormack Rd, Yabba South.

Discussions will also include:

  • Nodulation results from the GRDC N fixation farmer demonstrations (Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Inc)
  • Albus lupin production (Bruce Larcombe, Larcombe Agronomy)
  • Disease Management (Joshua Fanning, Agriculture Victoria Research)

For further information, please download the Dookie pre-canopy closure Pulse Check meeting flyer 2019

Riverine Plains Inc In-season Update – August 8, Mulwala

26 July 2019

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Riverine Plains Inc In-season Update

Local farming systems group Riverine Plains Inc will host its annual In-season Update at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on Thursday 8 August, 2019.

“The In-season Update is an important event on our calendar and provides an opportunity for grain growers to consider the issues likely to affect grain crops this spring” explained Fiona Hart, Riverine Plains Inc Executive Officer.

“With grain growers experiencing very different conditions across the region in terms of moisture availability, the spring rainfall outlook will inform key decisions around pest and disease management as well as crop nutrition” said Fiona.

This all-important spring outlook will be delivered by Agriculture Victoria Seasonal Variability Agronomist, Dale Grey who, in a first for the In-season Update, will speak via videolink.

Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer, Jane McInnes, will also provide a snapshot of current soil moisture availability, using data from the Riverine Plains weather station network, to help understand how much water is currently being held across the region’s soils.

Spring and the run-up to harvest is also a critical time to consider broader farming strategies.

“Weed management is a perennial issue and James Manson from Southern Farming Systems will discuss the long-term economics and impact of harvest weed seed control techniques using results from a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) project involving Riverine Plains Inc” said Fiona.

Nick Ennis from Lawson Grains will also discuss the application of precision agriculture technologies for targeted soil amelioration.

Earlier this year, Riverine Plains Research Coordinator, Dr Cassandra Schefe, was presented with the prestigious GRDC 2019 Southern Region Recognising and Rewarding Excellence Award, through which she visited Canada and the United States. Her observations on cover cropping, soil research, regenerative agriculture as well as pulse research and development will provide a global perspective on these topics.

A joint presentation by Dr Cassandra Schefe and Jane McInnes will also provide an update of Riverine Plains Inc current local research program, while Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Kate Coffey will review the economic results from a GRDC project looking at applying sulphur to canola crops in southern NSW.

The In-season Update will be held at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort in Golf Club Road Mulwala on Thursday 8 August from 9am to 1pm, with registrations open from 8.30am.

After lunch a Soil Health Workshop will take place from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.  Farmers are invited to discuss the importance of soil health as well as how to improve the local relevance of soil improvement research.

For catering purposes, pre-registrations for the In-Season Update must be received by 5 August 2018. Cost is $25 for Riverine Plains Inc members and $35 for non-members (payable online or on the day) and includes morning tea and lunch. To register, contact Fiona Hart at info@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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More Information or Interview:

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

In-season update – Mulwala, 8 August

Riverine Plains Inc will host its annual In-season Update at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on Thursday 8 August, 2019 from 9am – 1pm.

This all-important spring rainfall outlook will be delivered by Agriculture Victoria Seasonal Variability Agronomist, Dale Grey who will speak via videolink. Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer, Jane McInnes, will also provide a snapshot of current soil moisture availability, using data from the Riverine Plains weather station network, to help understand how much water is currently being held across the region’s soils.

James Manson from Southern Farming Systems will discuss the long-term economics and impact of harvest weed seed control techniques using results from a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) project (also involving Riverine Plains Inc).

Nick Ennis from Lawson Grains will also discuss the application of precision agriculture technologies for targeted soil amelioration.

Based on experiences from a recent trip to Canada and the US, Riverine Plains Research Coordinator, Dr Cassandra Schefe will also present her observations on cover cropping, soil research, regenerative agriculture as well as pulse research and development.

Dr Cassandra Schefe and Jane McInnes will also provide an update of Riverine Plains Inc current local research program, while Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Kate Coffey will review the economic results from a GRDC project looking at applying sulphur to canola crops in southern NSW.

For catering purposes, pre-registrations for the In-Season Update must be received by 5 August 2018. Cost is $25 for Riverine Plains Inc members and $35 for non-members (payable online or on the day) and includes morning tea and lunch. To register, contact Fiona Hart at info@riverineplains.org.au or phone 03 5744 1713.

For further information, please download the In-season update 2019 Flyer.

After lunch a Soil Health Workshop will take place from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.  Farmers are invited to discuss the importance of soil health as well as how to improve the local relevance of soil improvement research. Further information is available via the Soil Health Workshop flyer.

GRDC investment supports new Riverine Plains Northern Pulse Check Group

23 October 2018

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GRDC funding for Northern Pulse Check supports new Riverine Plains group

An increase in the tools, knowledge and confidence of growers and advisors across the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Northern Region to optimise pulse crop yields is the aim of a new GRDC investment Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in South East NSW.

FarmLink is working with Pulse Australia in co-ordinating the GRDC Pulse Check project across five GRDC sub-regions in NSW, with Pulse Check groups in southern NSW facilitated by Riverine Plains Inc and FarmLink in the Riverina.

The Pulse Check Discussion Groups will allow growers, advisors and researchers to address the challenges and opportunities created by pulse crops in the rotation. The groups will direct their own learning by tapping into information and tools being delivered through GRDC and other pulse investments.

Groups will meet two to three times each season and remain connected through social and other media. A program of interactive seasonal activities will be conducted by each group to include all aspects of the pulse value chain.

Guest presenters will include marketers, researchers and experienced growers who will contribute their knowledge on production to help increase the capacity for greater production in the region.

The first meeting of the Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check group will be held on Friday 26 October, 2018 at the Hamilton Family property ‘Granview’ at Rand from 8:30 am to 11:30am. A workshop will be held at the sheds before visiting a faba bean and lentil crop. Speakers will include; Phil Bowden (Pulse Australia), Roy Hamilton (Rand), James Madden (Madden Consulting) and Gary Drew (Lupins for Life).

If you would like to be involved, or for further information, please contact Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Group facilitator, Kate Coffey, on 03 5744 1713.

Pulse Australia’s Phil Bowden said that despite poor seasonal and market conditions this season for pulses, fundamentals remain strong globally with factors such as Indian economic growth in demand for chickpeas and lentils, increased Chinese demand for peas and faba beans, and short supply of pulses in Pakistan all contributing.

“In addition, the current drought in eastern Australia, along with the high prices for livestock and wool are increasing demand for pulse based stock feed particularly lupins, field peas and faba beans,” Mr Bowden said.

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 Northern Pulse Check Facilitator, (03 5744 1713)

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.

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

Irrigation Discussion Group Field Walk – Corowa, 18 December

The second meeting of the Riverine Plains Inc Irrigated Discussion Group will take place in the Corowa region on Wednesday 18 December  8:30am to 12:30pm (light lunch provided).

The group will meet at 8:30am at “Burraja Station” (Alistair Robb’s irrigated sorghum seed crop), with the session covering topics including:

  • Pivot maintenance and managing wheel tracks: Paul Upton, Uptons Engineering
  • Improving water use efficiency in Pivots: Paul Lavis, IK Caldwell
  • Calculating pumping costs: Dennis Watson, DEDJTR

At 10.30am, the meeting will move to “Lilydale” to view the Dye family’s irrigated maize crop. Topics will include;

  • Strip tillage and phosphorus placement:  Rosie Dye, IK Caldwell
  • Soil amelioration demonstrations: John Fowler, Murray LLS
  • Soil amelioration explained:  Dr Ehsan Tavakkoli, NSW DPI

Directions:  Buraja Station: Meet at 1000 Filliponis Lane, Lowesdale and follow signs.

Lillydale: From Corowa, 7.7km on Riverina Hwy towards Howlong, turn north into Lillydale Rd and go 5.2km to double gate and follow signs to field day.

For more details, download the Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group field walk flyer December 2019, contact Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group Facilitator by email kate@riverineplains.org.au or phone (03) 5744 1713.