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Harvesting Pulses – tips from recent Pulse Check meeting

At a recent meeting of the GRDC Northern Pulse Check Discussion Group, harvester set-up for pulses was discussed.

Key points for harvesting pulses are provided below, courtesy of Riverine Plains Silver Sponsors, O’Connors, Bronze Sponsors, Hutcheon and Pearce and also thanks to James Madden, Madden Consulting;

  • People have had mixed results with windrowing pulses.
  • Desiccation may not be needed this year, as pulses are expected to ripen evenly.
  • Each header is different and each season is different.  Given the good season, it is expected that pulses will be easier to harvest as the pods are higher off the ground and it should feed in well.
  • When setting up the header, belt speed and header angle is important.
  • Correct harvest speed in critical to ensure good material flow onto platform to reduce header losses.
  • Perforated doors on clean grain elevator help clean sample by letting dirt escape before entering grain tank
  • In large crops and light crops, it is important to get the reel at the right position.
  • Flex draper fronts can be an advantage when harvesting pulses close to the ground; the use of flex fronts is an advantage over rigid fronts when harvesting on the ground in uneven terrain, on flat ground rigid fronts work very well
  • Front setup is very important for crops close to the ground.
  • Ensure that for Case IH machines, AAHC (Auto Header Height Control) is set up, calibrated and working. This will reduce wear & tear on the front and feederhouse.
  • Check that you have close reel to cutterbar clearance set, but not too close that the fingers can go into the knife.
  • Make sure the reel isn’t running too slow or too fast, but gently assisting the crop flow onto the draper mats
  • Grain moisture is also important; less grain damage and losses will occur with higher moisture. Don’t let the crop get too dry.
  • Be mindful of the time of day when harvesting fragile crops. As when it’s hot and dry you may be at risk of losing yield before it gets into the front. Some crops are better harvested in the cool, when things are tougher.
  • Watch for fires when harvesting pulses, regularly blow down any spots on the header where you have friction.

Case IH Suggested Combine Initial Settings, 2020

O’Connors have supplied some suggested combine settings for harvesting lentils, chick peas, beans, and lupins for the following Case IH flagship series combines;

  • 7010 & 8010
  • 7120, 8120 & 9120
  • 7230, 8230 & 9230
  • 7240, 8240 & 9240
  • 7250, 8250 & 9250

Please note:

  1. these are only suggested harvesting set-ups and may not suit in all situations or crop conditions.
  2. In the Suggested Initial Settings the following terms are used against referencing the module set up; SW = Small Wire, LW = Large Wire, LSW = Large Skip Wire, SL= Slotted

For further information please download Case IH’s Suggested Combine Initial Settings 2020 or contact O’Connors at Corowa on 02 6033 1666

John Deere Combine Optimisation

Hutcheon and Pearce have supplied the following S-Series Combine and Front-end Equipment Optimisation information for harvesting soybeans (other pulses will have the same settings, so farmers can use this as a guide).

For further information, please contact Hutcheon and Pearce Finley on (03) 5883 1655

 

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. 

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

19 February, 2018

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Lentil and Chickpea Marketing and Pre-Sowing Meeting

Farming systems group 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 visit www.riverineplains.org.au.

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. 

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:

Michelle Pardy, Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Facilitator on 03 5744 1713 or 0428 734 795.

Pulse Check paddock walk & discussion, 19 October at Dookie: Lentils & Chickpeas

Growers interested in learning more about lentil and chickpea production are invited to join the Riverine Plains Inc North East Victoria & Southern NSW Pulse Check discussion group paddock walk and discussion.

We will be hosting a pre-harvest paddock walk and discussion on Thursday 19 October, 2017 at the Ludeman Brothers property at 334 Ludeman Road, Waggarandall (Dookie). The morning will begin with a shed based discussion at 9:30 am before moving out into a chickpea paddock later in the morning (an additional paddock inspection may be confirmed closer to the date).

Prior experience in growing pulses is not required as the purpose of the group is to increase regional knowledge and capacity in pulse production. The event is free and all are welcome.

The event will run from 9:30 am-12 noon.  Light refreshments will be provided on the day.

The discussions will focus on practical aspects of lentil & chickpea production, including;

  • Crop topping
  • Header set up
  • Mitigating header fire risks
  • Harvest Logistics
  • Retaining seed
  • Storage
  • Marketing
  • Paddock Selection

To register for the Riverine Plains Inc north-east Victorian and southern NSW Pulse Check Discussion Group, please contact Michelle Pardy, Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Group Facilitator,  on 03 5744 1713, email michelle@riverineplains.org.au or download the RPI 2017 Pre-Harvest Pulse Check Lentil & Chickpea Flyer.

The Riverine Plains Inc North East Victoria & Southern NSW Pulse Check discussion group is part of the GRDC Southern Pulse Extension Project, which is being delivered by a consortium of organisations involved in the pulse industry across GRDC’s Southern region 

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