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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.

Pre-Harvest Pulse Check Meeting – St James, 25 October

Riverine Plains Inc will be holding it’s 2018 pre-harvest paddock walk and meeting at St James on Thursday 25 October from 1:30pm-3:30pm.

We will be visiting the Beggs family chickpea crops (2 paddocks side by side: 1 paddock burnt and 1 paddock stubble mulched), as well as their vetch crop.

The chickpea crop is located at 119 Beggs Road, St James (northern side of road) while the vetch paddock is located at 1085 St James Road, Yundool.

Discussions on the day will include:

  • In-crop management and paddock history for each of the paddocks visited
  • Crop topping/dessication
  • Harvest management, including header set up & fire safety
  • Pulses and soil health, including impact on soil carbon – Dr Cassandra Schefe, Riverine Plains Inc
  • Grazing pulses and livestock – Alison Frischke, livestock and farming systems manager, Birchip Cropping Group
  • Update on market developments/opportunities for lentil, chickpea and other pulses Phil Bowden, Pulse Australia

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

For more information please download the October RPI Pulse Check Paddock Walk Flyer . To register your interest please contact: Michelle Pardy on 03 5744 1713 or email michelle@riverineplains.org.au

The GRDC Southern Pulse Extension project is delivered by a consortium of organisations involved in the pulse industry across GRDC’s Southern region.

Pulse Check (Lentil & Chickpea) Discussion Group Meeting – 7 March, Dookie

Lentil and Chickpea Marketing and Pre-Sowing Meeting

Riverine Plains Inc will host a pre-sowing Pulse Check Discussion Group meeting at Dookie on Wednesday 7 March. The meeting will provide an opportunity for local growers and advisors interested in lentil and chickpea production to discuss practical aspects of production and marketing.

Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Facilitator, Michelle Pardy, explained that local interest in lentils and chickpeas had been growing as growers looked for more reliable pulse options, with favourable pricing contributing to the rising interest.

“A number of growers in southern NSW and north-east Victoria grew chickpeas or lentils for the first time in 2018, with harvest results being largely positive despite the impact of frost, the dry September and harvest rains” said Michelle.

“With more growers curious about these crop types, and with sowing not too far away, this pre-sowing meeting aims to help growers with some of their lentil or chickpea marketing and planning decisions” she said.

“Of particular interest will be the implications of the recent 30% import tariff imposed by India, so we have arranged for experienced pulse agronomist and Pulse Australia Southern Region Industry Development Manager, Phil Bowden, to discuss this and other aspects of pricing and marketing” said Michelle.

Phil will also be involved in other discussions around paddock and variety selection, herbicide options, inoculant use and early nutrition. Growers can also bring in samples of graded seed from 2017 so that individual seeding rates can be calculated for 2018.

The pre-sowing Pulse Check Discussion Group Meeting will be held on Wednesday 7 March, 2018 at the Gladstone Hotel, Dookie, from 1pm – approx. 3pm. Current and prospective lentil and chickpea growers and advisors are welcome, with new growers especially invited to attend.

Light refreshments provided: RSVP for catering purposes to Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Group Facilitator, Michelle Pardy, on 03 5744 1713 or michelle@riverineplains.org.au.

For further information download the Riverine Plains Pre-Seeding Pulse Check Meeting Flyer.

The Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Discussion group has been established as part of GRDC’s Southern Pulse Extension Project. The Southern Pulse Extension project is being delivered by a consortium of organisations involved in the pulse industry across GRDC’s Southern region and provides a collaborative opportunity to increase the knowledge of growers and advisers on sustainable pulse production. 

Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting – 1st February

Riverine Plains Inc will host Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting on Thursday February 1, 2018. The meeting is an opportunity for local farmers to discuss the harvest that was, lessons learnt from 2017 and the challenges likely to arise in the season ahead.  This event continues the tradition started by the late John Sykes and is named in his honour.

The day will start with a post-harvest debrief session, facilitated by Chris Minehan from Rural Management Strategies.  Chris will also address key aspects of preparing for the year ahead.

Using results from the local National Variety Trials (NVT) and the Riverine Research Centre at Yarrawonga, Nick Poole from FAR Australia will speak on regional wheat variety performance and options for planting in autumn 2018.  David Burch from NSW DPI will speak on barley varieties, while Phil Bowden from Pulse Australia will address pulse prospects for 2018. Canola varieties and grain marketing will also be discussed.

Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting will be held on Thursday 1st February, 2018 at the Buraja Recreational Ground Hall, commencing at 9am sharp until 12:30pm. All are welcome to this free event and a BBQ lunch will be provided afterwards.  No RSVP is necessary.

A GRDC Southern NSW Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) Meeting will follow lunch (start time approximately 1:15pm), facilitated by GRDC RCSN Southern NSW Coordinator and Rural Management Strategies consultant Chris Minehan.This Open Forum is a chance for anyone involved in the grains industry to raise issues, constraints and opportunities relevant to the local industry. It is also an opportunity to hear about investments and activities the GRDC is making to improve profitability for growers in southern NSW.

For more information please contact Fiona Hart at info@riverineplains.org.au or phone (03) 5744 1713 or download the Buraja Meeting Flyer 2018

 

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