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Riverine Research Centre Spring Field Day – 24 September, Yarrawonga

Riverine Research Centre Spring Field Day to showcase local research

The Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia Spring Field Day will be held at the Riverine Research Centre (RRC), Yarrawonga, on Tuesday 24 September, 2019, from 9am to 12pm.

The RRC is host to a range of trials and the field day will provide an opportunity to view the research being conducted at the site, including the GRDC management of early sown wheat trials, time of sowing, grazing, sowing rate and nitrogen timing trials, nutrition and disease management as well as aphid observations.

Speakers on the day include Kenton Porker (SARDI) and Michael Straight (FAR Australia), who will outline the major findings from the past three years of work on the GRDC manging early sown wheat trials,  while Kenton will also speak on dual-purpose and longer season barleys. Michael Straight and Ian Trevethan will also speak on the Riverine Plains Inc evaluation of winter wheat varieties for the region.

Kat Fuhrmann (FAR Australia) will provide a resistance update on the SDHI group of fungicides and there will also be an panel session dedicated to addressing issues growers might have about the current season.

The Riverine Research Centre Field Day will run from 9am – 12pm on Tuesday 24 September, 2019, at the Riverine Research Centre, 277 Reilly’s Rd, Yarrawonga, Victoria.  Morning tea and 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 or download the 2019 RRC Spring Field Day Flyer.

Riverine Research Centre Open Day showcases local research, cereal agronomy

13 September, 2018

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Riverine Research Centre Open Day showcases local research, cereal agronomy

Grain growers are invited to the Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia Open Day, to be held at the Riverine Research Centre, at Burramine near Yarrawonga, on Thursday 27 September, 2018.

Riverine Plains Inc Chairman, Ian Trevethan, said that the day was an opportunity to come together to discuss the current dry season and the significant impact that frost damage had caused to local crops, while also looking to the future of wheat and barley varieties adapted to this region, and their agronomy.

The Riverine Research Centre hosts a number of trials looking at sowing and flowering dates, frost risk, nitrogen timing and canopy structure.

FAR Australia Managing Director, Nick Poole said that some trials were specifically looking at the performance of winter wheats and spring wheats over a range of sowing dates.

“The effect of flowering date on frost risk is an important area for research and we are very fortunate to have Dr James Hunt, La Trobe University to talk about results from the project so far” said Nick.

“While the impact of the recent frost events is still being assessed, damage is looking to be significant and discussions around these sowing date trials will provide further information for growers on how to identify damage as well as how to manage frost risk in the future” he added.

Although the current season is a challenging one, the Riverine Plains region regularly produces high yielding and good quality crops.

“We can learn a lot about crop management from farmers that push their production boundaries to the limit and Eric Watson, from Canterbury New Zealand, will discuss the farming practices and systems that supported his recent world record irrigated wheat crop of 16.71 tonnes per hectare” said Nick.

Dr Maarten van Helden from SARDI will also provide the latest information of the monitoring taking place for Russian Wheat Aphid across south eastern Australia. Presentations will also be made on Riverine Plains Inc funded research into the early sowing of winter wheat cultivars and the potential for winter barley cultivars.

The Open Day will run from 9am – 12pm on 27 September at the Riverine Research Centre, corner Forges Road and Odeas Road (Beatties Road), Burramine, Victoria. Morning tea and 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, or (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 03 5744 1713.

Burramine Crop walk June 21 to discuss outcomes of four years of stubble research

Grain growers and advisors are invited to a paddock walk being run by Riverine Plains from 10am on Thursday 21 June at the Riverine Research Centre, near Yarrawonga in Victoria.

The paddock walk will provide an an opportunity to heart the key outcomes and learnings from the five-year Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) project Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble in the Riverine Plains region, which compared the effect of a number of stubble management strategies on crop growth and development.

The morning will also feature discussions on results from the small plot trials established to determine the impact of stubble management on row spacing, application of nitrogen, yellow leaf spot and plant growth regulators.

Following the stubble discussions, growers are invited to tour the range of trials being undertaken at the Riverine Research Centre this season, including early sown wheat and barley, disease and fertiliser trials.

In previous years, growers and advisors have been able to tour the Riverine Research Centre trials during the annual Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia Spring Field Day. However,  growers and advisors are invited to view the trials earlier this season, so that they can follow the progress of these trials through to the Spring Field Day and the subsequent yield results.

Dr Schefe facilitate the walk along with Michael Straight from FAR Australia, who will discuss the outcomes of the large focus farm findings and the small plot results from the 2014 – 2017 seasons, as well as introducing the Riverine Research Centre 2018 trials.

The paddock walk will take place at 10am on Thursday 21 June at the Riverine Research Centre, located at the corner of Forges & Odeas Road, Burramine, via Yarrawonga.

This event is free and all are welcome. For more information please download the RPI Stubble Project Paddock Walk, RRC tour Flyer or contact Cassandra Schefe by emailing cassandra@riverineplains.org.au, or phone (03) 5744 1713.

The Riverine Research Centre is a dedicated small plot research site trial site established through a collaboration between Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia to provide an independent focal point for regional and national research projects in the Victorian and NSW border region.

 

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

 

Spring Field Day and official launch of Riverine Research Centre

The regions’ grain farmers are invited to Riverine Plains Inc’s upcoming Spring Field Day, which is being held in conjunction with FAR Australia, on Tuesday 13th of September. The Field Day, which has a nitrogen focus, will take place at the new Riverine Research Centre, located south of Yarrawonga.

“Nitrogen management is always topical in spring, however this season it is particularly important because farmers have probably experienced application delays as well as nitrogen losses due to waterlogging and leaching” said Riverine Plains Extension officer Dr Cassandra Schefe.

“With this in mind, the day’s discussions of trial results and general nitrogen management strategies will be focussed around the conditions we’ve been experiencing” she said.

Michael Straight and Nick Poole from FAR Australia will also be involved in the nitrogen discussions. They will also discuss the latest results from the nitrous oxide project trials which are being conducted in conjunction with research colleagues from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). This research is being undertaken as part of the Management strategies for improved productivity and reduced nitrous oxide emissions project and is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture as part of its Action on the Ground program.

Riverine Plains Inc has several nitrogen trials currently underway at the Centre, including nitrogen timing trials, nitrogen source trials, and trials evaluating NDVI technology as a method for determining crop nitrogen requirements. Preliminary results from these trials will be presented on the day.

The field day will also feature a walk-through of the other trials being conducted at the Riverine Research Centre. These include trials of new winter wheat germplasm, fungicides, plant growth regulators, liquid fertiliser compatibility and row spacing for early sown wheat and barley.

The Field Day is the first event to be held at the Riverine Research Centre, which is a new collaboration between Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia. The official launch of the centre will follow the field day. A free BBQ lunch is also included.
The Field Day will commence at 9:30am at the Riverine Research Centre at 5769 Benalla-Yarrawonga Road, 3km south of Yarrawonga.

For more information please contact Cassie on 0419 238 798.

The Riverine Research Centre – Researching Profitable Farming Practices

Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia are excited to announce the establishment of the Riverine Research Centre. This exciting collaboration provides a new, independent focal point for regional and national research projects in the Victorian/NSW border region.
“The Riverine Research Centre is a dedicated crop research site near Yarrawonga that will host a number of small plot research trials annually” explained Riverine Plains Inc chairman and Barooga farmer, John Bruce.
“In establishing the Riverine Research Centre, we have created a key site for national and local crop research projects and we expect that this will provide for more targeted and efficient investment into local grains research, development and extension” he said.
“Given the site is host to several separate trials, the Riverine Research Centre will also act as a hub for Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia to conduct field days, paddock walks and information days throughout the growing season. This will mean greater access to local research and new technologies for growers, sponsors and the wider industry” he added.
Riverine Plains Inc has had a long association with Nick Poole and FAR Australia, through an extensive history of collaborative research and extension.
“In continuing our partnership through the Riverine Research Centre, we have created an independent, relevant and quality grains research centre” said Nick Poole, Managing Director of FAR Australia.
“Our aim is to primarily conduct research which investigates profitable and innovative farming systems practices for the local area. This research may be linked to a particular grower funded project or as a result of collaboration with industry” he said.
“We also want to make it easier for farmers, advisers and the wider industry to access this research and by having a central site we will be able to deliver our research findings more efficiently” he added.
There are a number of research trials established at the Riverine Research Centre for the 2016 season. This includes research on new winter wheat germplasm, SDHI fungicides, plant growth regulators, liquid fertiliser compatibility and row spacing for early sown wheat and barley.
“The high quality of field research undertaken at the centre, combined with the Riverine Plains Inc focus farm network, gives us the opportunity to improve adoption and enables us to act as a conduit between research and the higher profitability of our farming systems. Both Riverine Plains and FAR Australia believe that the Riverine Research Centre is an exciting opportunity that will also attract further research investment to the region, benefitting growers and the wider industry” concluded Mr Poole.

The Riverine Research Centre will host its first official field day on Tuesday 13 September.  Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia will show local farmers, advisers, members, sponsors and friends around the site on this day.

Events

Riverine Plains Inc & FAR Australia Spring Field Day 24 September

The Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia spring field day will be held at the Riverine Research Centre, Burramine, on Tuesday 24 September 2019.

The field day will involve tours of trials and discussions focussing on:

  • The performance of cereals sown from mid-March to early May (trials includes 27 different wheat and barley varieties of different maturities)
  • GRDC Management of early-sown wheat trials: Summary of findings of the past 3 years of work to be presented by Kenton Porker (SARDI) and Michael Straight (FAR Australia)
  • Innovations in barley: Dual purpose and longer season barley: presented by Kenton Porker (SARDI)
  • Nutrition 
  • Disease management
  • Update on new-found resistance to SDHI fungicides presented by Kat Fuhrmann (FAR Australia)
  • Aphid observations
  • Agronomic panel discussion

The Riverine Research Centre Field Day will run from 9am – 12pm on Tuesday 24 September, 2019, at the Riverine Research Centre, 277 Reilly’s Rd, Yarrawonga, Victoria.  Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

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

For further information, please contact Fiona Hart at info@riverineplains.com.au, on (03) 5744 1713 or download the 2019 RRC Spring Field Day flyer