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Applications for UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship and John Hanrahan Scholarship close 30 September. 

The Paperless Office Workshops – 17 & 24 September

Riverine Plains is hosting a two-part Paperless Office workshop series for people employed in farming and regional businesses.

Dates:    Thursday 17 September (Session 1) & Thursday 24 September (Session 2)
Time:     9.30am – 12.30pm
How:     Online via Zoom. To register, please click here

The Paperless Office workshop series will be delivered over 2 online sessions and will cover:

  • Current filing and document management systems
  • Paperless Office: Receiving information, saving and storing information, linking document
    management and accounting systems.
  • Online Programs.
  • Where is the future of online going?
  • Selecting the right option for you.
  • Reading financial statements.

These free workshops involve both theory and practical demonstrations and will be presented by Bernie McKenzie and Ben Clurey, Belmores Chartered Accountants.

For more information, please download the RP Paperless Office Workshop Flyer September 2020 or contact Fiona Hart, Riverine Plains, on 0407 919 842 or email Fiona Hart at info@riverineplains.org.au

This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program, in conjunction with Federation Council.

Transforming Regions Mindsets, Skills, Businesses: Benchmarking – 11 September

Cover/Intercropping Virtual Field Day – 8 September

Riverine Plains is hosting a virtual field day for grain growers looking to learn more about increasing crop diversity in their farming systems on Tuesday 8 September, 2020, from 9:00-9:30am.

Increasing the diversity of crop species can have positive benefits on soil health compared to monocultures, or where break crops are used minimally, with summer cover cropping, green/brown manuring, intercropping or companion cropping all providing opportunities to increase species diversity at different points in the rotation.

To look at this in more detail, a long-term trial site has been established by Riverine Plains Inc at Burramine, Victoria, to examine how more diverse rotations can impact soil function and winter crop yields, as well as profitability.

The virtual field day aims to introduce growers to the benefits of increasing diversity in their systems and  also features a virtual tour of the trial site. Speakers include;

Jane McInnes (Riverine Plains Inc)
Dr Cassandra Schefe (AgriSci): Increasing diversity in cropping systems, site and project overview
Professor Terry Rose (Southern Cross University): Results from 2019
Nathan Lawless (Burramine): Benefits to farmers
Brendan Christy (Agriculture Victoria): Intercropping to exploit rainfall for profit trial (also sown at the
site) 

For more information, please download the Virtual Cover Cropping Field Day (Burramine) Flyer 2020, contact Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Jane McInnes on 03 5744 1713 or email jane@riverineplains.org.au.

To register for this event, please click here.

To download the Riverine Plains Field Day notes on Increasing diversity in cropping systems, please click here.

To download the Agriculture Victoria Field Day notes on the Intercropping to exploit rainfall for profit trial please click here.

This trial is part of the Plant-based solutions to improve soil performance through rhizosphere modification project, supported by the Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils (Soil CRC) and led by Southern Cross University. This project is supported by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority’s ‘From the Ground Up’ program through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

The Intercropping to exploit rainfall for profit trial is funded by the Victorian Grains Innovation Partnership with  Agriculture Victoria and the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

GRDC Hyper Yielding Crop focus-farm trials for the Riverine Plains

24 August, 2020

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 GRDC Hyper Yielding Crop focus-farm trials for the Riverine Plains

A new, four-year project is set to examine the yield potential of different varieties grown under various agronomic packages as part of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) investment into hyper-yielding cereal crops.

Following on from the success of Hyper Yielding Cereals (HYC) project in Tasmania, the Hyper Yielding Crops project has recently commenced on a national scale, with GRDC Centre of Excellence trial sites established in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, NSW, and Western Australia.

Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer, Kate Coffey, explained that a Centre of Excellence has been established at Wallendbeen (near Cootamundra), NSW, with the research site chosen because it had a water-limited yield potential of 10 t/ha for cereals and 5 t/ha for canola.

“Riverine Plains Inc has also worked alongside lead organization, FAR Australia, to establish three focus farm sites in southern NSW in support of the Wallendbeen Centre, with a canola site established at Gerogery and wheat sites established at Culcairn and Howlong” she said.

Grower involvement is a major focus of the project, and Riverine Plains Innovation Groups are being established to link local growers with the focus farm paddock trials at Gerogery, Culcairn and Howlong.

The 2020 focus-farm paddock trials will look at nitrogen and fungicides, while future focus-farm paddock trials will be based on ideas arising from the local Innovation Groups, as well as from growers visiting the Centre of Excellence.

“We are hoping to conduct small-group discussion field days at the farm paddock trial sites during September, 2020, however this will depend on COVID-19 restrictions during spring” said Kate.

Riverine Plains Inc are also seeking ten paddocks from across the region to be nominated for the 2020 Hyper Yielding Crop Awards. The Award will benchmark agronomic aspects of individual wheat crops, with participating growers to receive an agronomic benchmarking report comparing that paddock to all others entered, both regionally and nationally.

The project combines the expertise of several farming groups, including Riverine Plains Inc, with FAR Australia, SARDI, Brill Ag, CSIRO, DPIRD, TechCrop and CeRDI.

“This project will ultimately provide an opportunity to unlock yield potentials by providing a greater understanding of the possible constraints and the agronomic practices required to achieve potential yields in a given season” concluded Kate.

Riverine Plains Inc are currently taking expressions of interest from growers interested in joining the Innovation Group, as well as from those farmers interested in being involved in the Hyper Yielding Crop Awards.

For further information, please visit the Riverine Plains Inc website at riverineplains.org.au or contact Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Kate Coffey on 03 5744 1713 or email kate@riverineplains.org.au.

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 (03 5744 1713)

GRDC Hyper Yielding Crop focus-farm trials for the Riverine Plains

A new, four-year project is set to examine the yield potential of different varieties grown under various agronomic packages as part of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) investment into hyper-yielding cereal crops.

Following on from the success of Hyper Yielding Cereals project in Tasmania, the Hyper Yielding Crops project has recently commenced on a national scale, with GRDC Centre of Excellence trial sites established in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, NSW, and Western Australia.

A Centre of Excellence has been established at Wallendbeen (near Cootamundra), NSW, with the research site chosen because it had a water-limited yield potential of 10 t/ha for cereals and 5 t/ha for canola.

Riverine Plains Inc has also worked alongside lead organization, FAR Australia, to establish three focus farm sites in southern NSW in support of the Wallendbeen Centre, with a canola site established at Gerogery and wheat sites established at Culcairn and Howlong.

Grower involvement is a major focus of the project, and Riverine Plains Innovation Groups are being established to link local growers with the focus farm paddock trials at Gerogery, Culcairn and Howlong.

The 2020 focus-farm paddock trials will look at nitrogen and fungicides, while future focus-farm paddock trials will be based on ideas arising from the local Innovation Groups, as well as from growers visiting the Centre of Excellence.

Riverine Plains Inc are also seeking ten paddocks from across the region to be nominated for the 2020 Hyper Yielding Crop Awards. The Award will benchmark agronomic aspects of individual wheat crops, with participating growers to receive an agronomic benchmarking report comparing that paddock to all others entered, both regionally and nationally.

The project combines the expertise of several farming groups, including Riverine Plains Inc, with FAR Australia, SARDI, Brill Ag, CSIRO, DPIRD, TechCrop and CeRDI.

This project will ultimately provide an opportunity to unlock yield potentials by providing a greater understanding of the possible constraints and the agronomic practices required to achieve potential yields in a given season.

Riverine Plains Inc are currently taking expressions of interest from growers interested in joining the Innovation Group, as well as from those farmers interested in being involved in the Hyper Yielding Crop Awards.

For further information, please visit the Riverine Plains Inc website at riverineplains.org.au or contact Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Kate Coffey on 03 5744 1713 or email kate@riverineplains.org.au

UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship Applications now open

Applications now open for UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship for agriculture students

Riverine Plains Inc is pleased to be able to invite local agriculture tertiary students working towards a degree or diploma in agriculture or agribusiness to apply for the inaugural UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship.

This new Scholarship is being administered by farming system group, Riverine Plains Inc, through the Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, said that it was exciting to be able to offer this scholarship this year and that it was great to see a corporate such as UNCLE TOBYS encouraging young students to take up careers in agriculture.

The Scholarship recognises and encourages agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region by supporting a local second year student in their studies.

The Scholarship will provide:

  • A bursary of $5,000 for a student commencing second year study in 2021
  • Access to work placement opportunities with Nestlé, the home of UNCLE TOBYS
  • Opportunities to network and gain knowledge, with free access to all Riverine Plains Inc events.
  • Personal mentoring by Nestlé staff from the UNCLE TOBYS factory

Nestlé Wahgunyah factory manager, Glenn Elske said that the team are delighted to be able to support future leaders of the agricultural industry.

“Supporting leaders in agriculture, especially those in the local region, is crucial to the success of the food industry. We know that agriculture continues to change – with advances in technology, greater focus on sustainability, and even changes to supply chains – and first-hand, local industry experience to learn about these challenges and changes will be invaluable.”

The UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship is open to current first year agriculture or agribusiness degree or diploma students, who will enter their second year of studies in 2021.

Students aged between 18 and 30 from the Riverine Plains region of north eastern Victoria and the southern Riverina region of NSW are eligible to apply.

Applications for the UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship open on 1 July and close on 30 September 2020, with further details available via this link.

John Hanrahan Scholarship Applications now open

John Hanrahan Scholarship for agriculture and agribusiness students – applications now open

Riverine Plains Inc is pleased to announce that applications for the 2021 John Hanrahan Scholarship are now open.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship recognises and encourages agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region through the support of a local second year student in their agriculture/agribusiness bachelor or diploma degree studies.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is named in honour of the late John Hanrahan, a successful and experienced farmer from Coreen, who had a passion for agriculture, a thirst for knowledge and real sense of community.

The Scholarship, which is awarded annually, includes a bursary of $5,000, access to work experience opportunities with Riverine Plains Inc or through our networks, opportunities to network and gain knowledge with free access to all Riverine Plains events and mentoring from one of our current committee members.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is open to current first year Agriculture or Agribusiness degree or diploma students, who will be entering their second year of studies in 2021.

Students aged between 18 and 30 from the Riverine Plains region of north eastern Victoria and the southern Riverina region of NSW are eligible to apply.

Applications for the John Hanrahan Scholarship open on 1 July and close on 30 September, 2020, with further details available via this link.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is administered via the Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund.

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)

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