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Below is a list of BCG related news stories. If you would like to suggest a news item, please email BCG with the details of your event.

March

Malt accreditation for Flinders and La Trobe

The Board of Barley Australia has announced the successful accreditation of two new varieties: Flinders (WABAR 2537) and La Trobe (IGB 1101).

Turning sunlight into dollars

Provocative discussion, robust debate and an honest review of the 2014 cropping season were among the many highlights for farmers at Birchip Cropping Group's (BCG's) 2014 Trials Review Day.

February

Best Wool Best Lamb visit to JBS abattoir

The Hopetoun BWBL group has initiated a fantastic opportunity to visit to the JBS Bordertown abattoir, to view the handling and processing facilities where your lambs may have been sent.

Tracking sheep grazing habits in the Mallee

Have you ever wondered how sheep go about grazing in Mallee paddocks? Mallee Sustainable Farming (MSF), Birchip Cropping Group (BCG), the University of New England (UNE) and the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (Mallee CMA) have recently joined forces to track a mob of 200 ewes while grazing a 265 acre paddock at Nandaly.

Ground cover targets

As you graze your stubbles or in some cases crops that you didn't harvest, keep an eye on the type of material left in the paddock and what cover is remaining. To prevent wind erosion, it is recommended that a minimum of 70% ground cover is needed at all times.

January

Pest management in retained stubble systems

What are the biggest challenges for pest management in retained stubble systems? Established cultural and chemical control techniques are available for managing snail and slug problems in grain production systems, yet growers still have crop failures and grain contamination due to these pests.

January

2015 summer soil sampling: book now

BCG is once again offering a pre-cropping soil sampling service to members in 2014. Sampling will take place in January and February, beginning with northern Mallee farmers and moving south through the Wimmera.

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