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Stubble Project Paddock walks-10, 11 October at Coreen, Henty, Yarrawonga & Dookie

SPRING STUBBLE WALKS TO DISCUSS FROST, MOISTURE USE

Riverine Plains Inc is holding its spring series of “Stubble Project” paddock walks next week, on the 10 and 11 October, 2017. The walks are part of the GRDC investment Maintaining Profitable Farming Systems with Retained Stubble in the Riverine Plains Region and will take place at on-farm trial sites at Coreen, Henty, Yarrawonga and Dookie.

The paddock walks are being held at the project trial sites, which compare the performance of different stubble management techniques including mulching, incorporation, burning and standing stubble.

This is the final year of large scale on-farm trials for this project, and next week’s spring paddock walks provide an opportunity for growers to visit these trial sites and see how crops sown under the different stubble management techniques are responding to the current seasonal conditions.

The walks also present an opportunity for farmers and advisors to come together to discuss frost risk and moisture availability, as well as nitrogen response this season.

The focus farms are spread throughout the Riverine Plains, allowing farmers and advisors to attend the site closest, and most relevant to them.

The dates for the on-farm discussion groups are:

  • Coreen: Tuesday 10 October, 10am – 12noon at Tomlinson Ag’s property, Emu Park Rd (gate is on the western side of the channel, between Minns and Straherne Roads), Coreen.
  • Henty: Tuesday 10 October, 2pm – 4pm at Peter Campbell’s property. Meet at the sheds, 452 Henty-Pleasant Hills Road, Henty (“Avondale” on the mailbox).
  • Yarrawonga: Wednesday 11 October, 10am – 12noon at Telewonga Ptd Ltd, 292 Reillys Road, Yarrawonga.
  • Dookie: Wednesday 11 October, 1:30pm – 3.30pm at the Ludeman Brothers property, Dookie-Devenish Road (gate is between Dookie-Nalinga Road and Proctors Road), Dookie.

Speakers will include Michael Straight from FAR Australia and Cassandra Schefe from Riverine Plains Inc.

These events are free and all are welcome. For more information please download the 2017 RPI October Stubble Paddock Walk Flyer, or contact cassandra@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

 

Spring Field Day to highlight local Research, Cereal Agronomy

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Spring Field Day to highlight local Research, Cereal Agronomy

Grain growers are invited to the Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia joint Spring Field Day, to be held at the Riverine Research Centre, near Yarrawonga, on Thursday 28 September, 2017.

FAR Australia Managing Director, Nick Poole, said that while the day had a cereal agronomy focus, it was also about providing local growers and advisors with an opportunity to view the range of small plot research trials hosted at the site.

“Our research at the Riverine Research Centre includes agronomy for early-sown dual-purpose wheats, fungicide and nitrogen agronomy in barley, as well as nitrogen research in wheat, so the day’s focus will be on viewing these and other trials, as well as on hearing special presentations by guest speakers” said Nick.

“One of the feature presentations will be made by Dr Fran Lopez, from the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, who will discuss the current resistance status of several important fungal diseases, as well as practical management tools to aid control in the field” he said.

“The potential for crop damage as a result of spring frost also weighs heavily on the minds of growers at this time of year, and given the Riverine Research Centre is host to several frost trials, we will be discussing the links between frost risk and sowing date, nitrogen timing and canopy structure” Nick added.

Growers and advisors will also have the opportunity to view the dual purpose cereal research plots, sown as part of a La Trobe University project examining sowing dates, plant populations, nitrogen timing and grazing.

Lee Menhenett, from Incitec Pivot will speak about fertiliser practice in the region over the past 5 years while Dr Cassandra Schefe will present results from Riverine Plains Inc’s 2016 research into nitrogen application and NDVI technology.

The Spring Field Day will run from 9:30am – 1:30 pm on 28 September at the Riverine Research Centre, Forges Road (south of the Katamatite-Yarrawonga Road), Burramine, Victoria. Morning tea and a BBQ lunch will be provided

The Riverine Research Centre is a partnership between Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia.

For more information please contact Fiona Hart at info@riverineplains.com.au, on (03) 5744 1713, visit www.riverineplains.org.au or download the RPI & FAR Spring Field Day Flyer 2017.

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.

Spring Field Day – 28 September at Burramine

Spring Field Day to highlight local Research, Cereal Agronomy

Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia invites grain growers to join us for our Spring Field Day, to be held at the Riverine Research Centre, near Yarrawonga, on Thursday 28 September, 2017.

The day will have a cereal agronomy focus and also provides local growers and advisors with an opportunity to view the significant range of small plot research trials hosted at the site.

Research trials at the Riverine Research Centre include agronomy for early-sown dual-purpose wheats, fungicide and nitrogen agronomy in barley, as well as nitrogen research in wheat, so the day’s focus will be on viewing these and other trials, as well as on hearing special presentations by guest speakers

One of the feature presentations will be made by Dr Fran Lopez, from the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, who will discuss the current resistance status of several important fungal diseases, as well as practical management tools to aid control in the field.

The Riverine Research Centre is host to several frost trials, so the links between frost risk and sowing date, nitrogen timing and canopy structure will be also be a key discussion.

Growers and advisors will also have the opportunity to view the dual purpose cereal research plots, sown as part of a La Trobe University project examining sowing dates, plant populations, nitrogen timing and grazing.

Other speakers include Lee Menhenett, from Incitec Pivot, who will speak about fertiliser practice in the region over the past 5 years while Dr Cassandra Schefe will present results from Riverine Plains Inc’s 2016 research into nitrogen application and NDVI technology.

The Spring Field Day will run from 9:30am – 1:30 pm on 28 September at the Riverine Research Centre, Forges Road (south of the Katamatite-Yarrawonga Road), Burramine, Victoria. Morning tea and a BBQ lunch will be provided

The Riverine Research Centre is a partnership between Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia.

For more information please download the RPI & FAR Spring Field Day Flyer 2017 or contact the office on 03 5744 1713

 

Oaklands Powerline Safety Workshop – 26 September

Riverine Plains Inc, along with SafeWork NSW and Essential Energy are hosting a Powerline Safety Day, near Oaklands on Tuesday 26 September, 2017. 

The workshop will be held from 9:45 am – 12 midday at Burrongong, 4011 Federation Way, Oaklands, NSW.

Topics Include:

  • How to protect you and your employees this harvest
  • A powerline marking demonstration
  • Legal requirements

Morning Tea and a BBQ lunch will be provided.

NSW Attendees are eligible for a $500 rebate on farm safety purchases.

For enquiries, please contact Anne-Marie Bourchier on (02) 6035 4280

For catering purposes, please RSVP to Fiona Hart at Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org.au. For further information, please download the Powerline Safety Workshop Flyer

 

Paddock Walks – Coreen, Henty, Dookie & Yarrawonga, Aug 1&2

CROP WALKS TO FOCUS ON EMERGENCE AND VIGOUR

Grain farmers looking to improve the profitability and sustainability of their stubble retained systems are invited to the August series of paddock walks being run by local farming systems group, Riverine Plains Inc.

The paddock walks will take place on August 1 and 2 at on-farm trial sites located near Yarrawonga, Dookie, Coreen and Henty. These trial sites have been established by Riverine Plains Inc as part of a 5 year GRDC project comparing the effect of a number of stubble management strategies on crop growth and development.

Riverine Plains Inc is in the final season of this project and a picture is starting to emerge in terms of how crops respond to the different stubble treatments. The August paddock walks provide a chance for farmers to see how plants in the various stubble treatments have emerged and how well they are responding to various inputs. The walks also provide an opportunity to discuss previous year’s results.

Dr Cassandra Schefe will be facilitating the walks, along with Michael Straight from FAR Australia who will discuss the early season data from the trial plots, and discuss overall trends in early crop development from across the 2014 – 2017 seasons.

Results from the in-canopy temperature sensors installed at the Yarrawonga, Dookie and Coreen sites in 2017, will also be presented.

There will also be a visit to a related demonstration site at Rennie which is looking at practical and economic ways of lowering stubble heights.

The dates for the upcoming on-farm discussion groups are:

  • COREEN – TUESDAY AUGUST 1 9:30am – 12noon. Commencing at Tomlinson Ag’s property, Emu Park Rd, Coreen (gate is on the western side of the channel, between Minns and Straherne roads), before moving on to Adam Davis’ property at Rennie to view the Fast-Track Ag Demonstration Site.
  • HENTY – TUESDAY AUGUST 1 2:00pm – 4.00pm at Peter Campbell’s property. Meet at the sheds, 452 Henty-Pleasant Hills Road, Henty (“Avondale” on the mailbox).
  • YARRAWONGA – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2 10:00am – 12noon at Telewonga Pty Ltd, 292 Reillys Rd, Yarrawonga.
  • DOOKIE – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2 1:30pm – 3.30pm at the Ludeman Brothers property, Dookie-Devenish Road (gate is between Dookie-Nalinga Road and Proctors Road), Dookie.

The walks are being held as part of the project Maintaining Profitable Farming Systems with Retained Stubble in the Riverine Plains, funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). The Rennie demonstration site has been established though The Sustainable Agriculture Victoria: Fast-Tracking Innovation initiative, which has been made possible with the support of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) together with the William Buckland Foundation.

The events are free and all are welcome. For more information please contact Cassie at cassandra@riverineplains.org.au , (03) 5744 1713 / 0419 238 798, download the August Stubble Walks Flyer.

Tax tips to help purchase farm land on agenda at GRDC Farm Business Update, Mulwala

How to utilise tax depreciation offsets when purchasing farm land will be one of the hot topics on the agenda at the Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC) Farm Business Update in Mulwala this month.

The session on ‘Farm Improvements – the untold story of tax depreciation benefits’ will be presented by Michael Stout from Robinson Sewell Partners at the updates to be held at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on June 28.

Other topics on the agenda include a session examining whether growers should be fixing interest rates or staying variable in the current economic climate, as well as tips for evaluating the risks and rewards of specific enterprise mixes when it comes to profitable farming systems.

One of the key addresses will be from well-known industry consultant Neville Brady from Bunch Consulting, who will offer advice and strategies for improving the performance of your agricultural operation by making more informed decisions, building a team environment, goal setting and how to have those hard conversations.

Growers will also hear practical tips from ORM consultant Brett Symes on assessing whether you have the right spray equipment to do the job, and what growers should be looking for if they are investing in new spray technology.

GRDC Northern Panel Chairman John Minogue said the Farm Business Updates were open to grain growers and advisers and offered an invaluable opportunity to hear specialist advice designed to build farm profitability and productivity.

“These updates have the fitting theme of ‘adaptable businesses – achieving results’ and are about offering growers access to the latest ‘paddock ready’ research and critical information to assist with on-farm decision making and management,” Mr Minogue said.

“The GRDC is committed to equipping growers with the knowledge and skills they need to continue to improve the productivity of their individual operations and ensure the industry’s enduring profitability.”

The GRDC Farm Business Update at Mulwala will run from 9am-1pm. For a full Mulwala update program please download the GRDC Business Update Mulwala Flyer or call 03 5441 6176.

Corowa GRDC Grains Research Update

GRDC Grains Research Update (Corowa)

Venue: Corowa RSL, 30 Betterment Parade, Corowa NSW

The GRDC Grains Research Update provides a unique forum for growers and advisers to learn from and network with leading industry professionals.

Topics Include:

  • Opportunities and challenges for continuous cropping systems  – John Kirkegaard (CSIRO)
  • Strategic tillage – The Verdict – Mark Conyers (NSW DPI)
  • Riverine Plains Research in Progress  – Cassandra Schefe (RPI)
  • Living with the Russian Wheat Aphid – Frank Peairs, Colorado State University and Rachel Taylor-Hukins (NSW DPI)
  • South American Agricultural Study Tour – Roy Hamilton (RPI member)
  • Strategies to Manage Weed Seed Blowouts in 2017 – Greg Condon (GrassRoots Agronomy) and
  • Michael Walsh (University of Sydney)

Following lunch (2.00 pm to 3.30 pm), there will be an informal question and answer forum with Frank Peairs on the Russian Wheat Aphid

Please see the 2017 GRDC Corowa update invite for  further details.

Morning tea, lunch and proceedings booklet are included

Contact Name: Matt McCarthy

Contact Email Address: admin@orm.com.au

Contact Phone: 03 5441 6176

Contact Website: http://www.orm.com.au/events/eventdetail/123/-/grdc-grains-research-update-corowa-nsw

Cost (in AUD$): $30.00 per person, $20.00 per additional people from the same business

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to the new Riverine Plains Inc website.

Along with an all-new fresh feel, we’ve also made some important changes to the website’s functionality and design, which means it is now much easier to access important event and project information about the group.  Most importantly, the site is now mobile-friendly, which will make it easier to look up information on your smartphone or tablet when you are away from the office.

One of the biggest changes you will notice is our new website address: https://riverineplains.org.au which replaces the old www.riverineplains.com.au. We made the change to better reflect our status as a not-for-profit association so please update us in your Favourites toolbar. The old website will shortly be de-commissioned and visitors to the site will be automatically re-directed to the new website.

The new website has been designed to make it easier to access all Riverine Plains Inc information quickly and easily.

The links to the automated weather stations (funded separately by GRDC and LLS) remain on our homepage, which is where you will also find our most recent news and events posts.

You will find all the details about our upcoming events located under the News and Events tab and we’ve even got a new calendar function to make it easier to see what is coming up each month.

Riverine Plains Inc publishes a number of reports for the various projects we manage and we now have a dedicated Publications page to make it easier to find and download specific publications. These publications are also contained on our Research page, which is home to general information for all our current projects, with summarised outcomes and publications from our past projects.

The website also contains information about the group, our staff and the committee, our sponsors and partners as well the Riverine Research Centre (the crop research site collaboration between Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia).

In our Members-Only areas you will find all our members-only publications, including all past newsletters, grower bulletins, trial books, as well as other useful information. Members-only passwords will be emailed to members shortly.

We are still tweaking some elements of the website design and consider that the website itself will continue to evolve in response to member and visitor needs. As such, we would love to hear your thoughts about ways we can improve the site.

Our website is one of the many ways we communicate with our members, sponsors and friends. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @RiverinePlains

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