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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.

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