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Agronomy

Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 1: Row spacing in a no-till system 2007

Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 1: Row spacing in a no-till system 2007

Read Factsheet 1: Row spacing in a No-till system (PDF - 1.37MB) produced under the Flexible Farming Systems project

Published
20-03-2008
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1.4mb
Internet Field Days - helping farmers to make better decisions 2007

Internet Field Days - helping farmers to make better decisions 2007

The Virtual Agronomy section of our website allowed members to follow the progress of current trials throughout the season, plus keep updated on current issues (eg stripe rust) with photos, advice and assistance in diagnosis and treatment.

The final report 'Internet Field Days - helping farmers to make better decisions' is also available from the RIRDC website. A Summary is also available on the RIRDC website.

Published
18-03-2008
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2.1mb

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Annual reports

Annual Report 2012 and 2013

Annual Report 2012 and 2013

Published
28-10-2013
PDF
1.8mb
Annual Report 2011

Annual Report 2011

Published
03-05-2012
PDF
1.0mb

BCG Annual Report 2010

Published
15-04-2011
PDF
1.2mb
Annual Report 2006

Annual Report 2006

Read the 2006 Annual Report

Published
16-02-2010
PDF
3.3mb
Annual Report 2008

Annual Report 2008

Read the 2008 Annual Report

Published
12-02-2010
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1.4mb
Annual Report 2007

Annual Report 2007

Read the 2007 Annual Report

Published
09-05-2008
PDF
1.7mb
BCG Annual Report 2005

BCG Annual Report 2005

BCG Annual Report 2005

Published
01-05-2006
PDF
2.0mb
BCG Annual Report 2004

BCG Annual Report 2004

2004 BCG Annual Report

Published
08-08-2005
PDF
265kb

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Drought

Making decisions in relation to cutting for hay? 2008

Making decisions in relation to cutting for hay? 2008

More information in relation to cutting for hay:

Published
02-10-2008
PDF
1.7mb
Drought - dealing with the financial ramifications 2006

Drought - dealing with the financial ramifications 2006

Two financial forums entitled 'Drought - dealing with the financial ramifications' were held in Birchip and Horsham during December 2006. View the 53-page toolkit booklet (PDF - 2.3MB) given out on the day. It contains papers from most of the speakers.

Published
24-01-2007
PDF
2.3mb
Over the Fence - complete series 2006

Over the Fence - complete series 2006

You can download the complete 15-week series.

Published
25-10-2006
PDF
1.6mb
Over the Fence - complete series 2005

Over the Fence - complete series 2005

You can download the complete 16-week series.

Published
31-08-2006
PDF
1.9mb

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Livestock

MCMA Grazing Crops 2010 Technical Bulletin - 2011

Published
10-11-2011
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396kb
Grazing cereals, Rainbow VIC 2010

Grazing cereals, Rainbow VIC 2010

  • Four farmer grazing cereal demonstrations at Rainbow in 2009 showed no difference in yield between grazed and un-grazed crop. Grazing increased screenings in all four demonstration paddocks.
  • When grazing cereal crops, it appears that the rules of thumb developed in the high rainfall farming zone (not grazing until plants can’t be pulled out of the ground (around GS13) and removing stock before GS30) also apply to the Wimmera Mallee.
  • A feed value was calculated for each paddock: Smith: $12.55/ha, Fuller: $17.20/ha, Stasinowsky: $18/ha and Robinson: $24/ha.

Published
08-04-2010
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1.0mb
Lotfeeding lambs 2004

Lotfeeding lambs 2004

Read details about a lamb feedlot we visited at Loxton, SA (March 2004)

Published
01-04-2004
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428kb

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No-till farming

Are Disc Seeders suitable for use in the Wimmera-Mallee - 2011

Published
21-04-2011
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196kb
Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 7: Micronutrients in no-till 2009

Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 7: Micronutrients in no-till 2009

Read factsheets 5, 6 and 7 produced under the Flexible Farming Systems project

Published
12-06-2009
PDF
370kb
Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 5: Nitrogen in no-till 2009

Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 5: Nitrogen in no-till 2009

Read factsheets 5, 6 and 7 produced under the Flexible Farming Systems project

Published
20-05-2009
PDF
439kb
Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 6: Phosphorus in Victorian no-till systems 2009

Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 6: Phosphorus in Victorian no-till systems 2009

Read factsheets 5, 6 and 7 produced under the Flexible Farming Systems project

Published
15-05-2009
PDF
508kb
Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 4: Trifluralin Use in No-till Farming Systems - 2008

Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 4: Trifluralin Use in No-till Farming Systems - 2008

Read Factsheets 2, 3 and 4 produced under the Flexible Farming Systems project (Factsheet 1 is available under our 2007 publications)

Published
12-05-2008
PDF
216kb
Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 2: Moving into No-Till 2008

Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 2: Moving into No-Till 2008

Read Factsheets 2, 3 and 4 produced under the Flexible Farming Systems project (Factsheet 1 is available under our 2007 publications)

Published
09-05-2008
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202kb
Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 3: No-Till Seeder Set Up and Modification 2008

Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 3: No-Till Seeder Set Up and Modification 2008

Read Factsheets 2, 3 and 4 produced under the Flexible Farming Systems project (Factsheet 1 is available under our 2007 publications)

Published
09-05-2008
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206kb
Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 1: Row spacing in a no-till system 2007

Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 1: Row spacing in a no-till system 2007

Read Factsheet 1: Row spacing in a No-till system (PDF - 1.37MB) produced under the Flexible Farming Systems project

Published
20-03-2008
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1.4mb

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Nutrition

Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 5: Nitrogen in no-till 2009

Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 5: Nitrogen in no-till 2009

Read factsheets 5, 6 and 7 produced under the Flexible Farming Systems project

Published
20-05-2009
PDF
439kb
Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 6: Phosphorus in Victorian no-till systems 2009

Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 6: Phosphorus in Victorian no-till systems 2009

Read factsheets 5, 6 and 7 produced under the Flexible Farming Systems project

Published
15-05-2009
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Social Research

Critical Breaking Point - April 2012

Published
12-04-2012
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2.0mb
Critical Breaking Point Final Report 2008

Critical Breaking Point Final Report 2008

The final report for the project ‘Critical Breaking Point? Understanding the impact of drought on farming families in the Wimmera Mallee’ is complete. (Read more about the project)

Download the Critical Breaking Point Final Report (PDF - 1.25MB).
Alternatively download the report in sections:

Published
10-06-2008
PDF
1.3mb
Critical Breaking Point? 2007

Critical Breaking Point? 2007

Critical Breaking Point? Understanding the impact of drought on farming families in the Wimmera Mallee’ aimed to gain a better understanding of how Australian producers and their families are responding to drought and other pressures. Based on in-depth interviews with farming families in the Wimmera Southern Mallee region of north-western Victoria, this research used an unprecedented longitudinal approach to track the experiences of farming families during a time of severe drought and - it was expected and hoped – a period of drought recovery.

The research was in two phases. Part One interviewed sixty randomly selected farming families during severe drought in February 2007. Part Two involved two follow-up interviews at six-monthly intervals (September 2007 and February 2008) with a subset of twenty of the sixty farming families interviewed in Part One. This group represented some of the younger and older families of the original sample, who were selected in order to allow us to further explore some of the particular challenges that farming families at these stages of life are facing.

Published
25-02-2008
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728kb

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Soils

Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 7: Micronutrients in no-till 2009

Flexible Farming Systems project - Factsheet 7: Micronutrients in no-till 2009

Read factsheets 5, 6 and 7 produced under the Flexible Farming Systems project

Published
12-06-2009
PDF
370kb
Identifying, understanding and managing hostile subsoils for cropping manual - Part 1 2008

Identifying, understanding and managing hostile subsoils for cropping manual - Part 1 2008

Read the manual 'Identifying, understanding and managing hostile subsoils for cropping'.
Due to its size, the manual is available in sections:

Published
19-03-2009
PDF
3.6mb
Identifying, understanding and managing hostile subsoils for cropping

Identifying, understanding and managing hostile subsoils for cropping

View PDF sections of this reference manual for neutral-alkaline soils of south-eastern Australia:

  • Introduction and diagnostic guide (259KB)
  • Chapter 1 - Soils of the dryland cropping regions of Vic and SA
  • Map of Vertosols in North West Victoria (1.1MB)
  • Map of Calcarosols in North West Victoria (538KB)
  • Map of Sodosols in North West Victoria (904KB)
  • Chapter 2 - Subsoil constraints and water (728KB)
  • Chapter 3 - Nutrient deficiencies, toxicities and imbalances (755KB)
  • Chapter 4 - Salinity and sodicity (2.1MB)
  • Chapter 5 - Physical constraints to root growth (1.3MB)
  • Chapter 6 - Identifying subsoil constraints using targeted analyses (2.5MB)
  • Chapter 7 - Field diagnostics (1.4MB)
  • Chapter 8 - Options for managing grain production on soils with subsoil contraints (2.5MB)
  • Chapter 9 - Economic impact of subsoil constraints (163KB)

Published
13-04-2008
PDF
259kb

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Weeds and Disease

Herbicide Resistance Manual 2007

Herbicide Resistance Manual 2007

BCG in partnership with the Hart Field Site Group, the University of Adelaide and the Grains Research and Development Corporation undertook the project ‘Improved techniques for managing herbicide resistant ryegrass’ between 2003 and 2005. Copies of the results from the three-year project can be obtained from BCG on 03 5492 2787 or download the pdf here.

Published
25-07-2007
PDF
2.6mb

Tebuconazole significantly reduces wheat yield under terminal spring drought 2008

The original aim of this experiment was to test whether application of foliar fungicide to crops moderately resistant/moderately susceptible to stripe rust with infection detected at GS39-45 and of average yield potential (1.5-2.5t/ha) results in a profitable yield response. However, the experiment was side-tracked by a somewhat surprising result.

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Making conservation pay

Bio-diversity in a Piped Rural Water System - RIRDC Report 2007

Bio-diversity in a Piped Rural Water System - RIRDC Report 2007

The final report from the Diversity in a Piped System project, 'Bio-diversity in a Piped Rural Water System', is available here as well as on the RIRDC website. Printed copies are available from RIRDC on 02 6272 4218.

Published
19-03-2008
PDF
850kb
Farmers' guide to installing a wildlife pond 2007

Farmers' guide to installing a wildlife pond 2007

We have produced a "Farmers' guide to installing a wildlife pond" that contains all the details you'll need to efficiently and cost-effectively enhance wildlife values in the Wimmera and Mallee within a piped water delivery system.

Published
07-03-2007
PDF
515kb

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Grain Marketing

GRDC Grain Marketing Lingo 2010

Published
25-11-2010
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2.0mb

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