A Note from the Chair: July 2024

John Ferrier

As we know, every year presents its own challenges and opportunities. This year has kept our attention so far, but let’s remain hopeful for a kind finish. 

With the recent rainfall, all the crop has now emerged successfully. However, some seed may have sat dormant in the soil for three weeks or more before emerging. With many crops growing slowly, they will need warm weather and a gentle finish to achieve long term yields. 

Looking ahead, we are diligently planning nitrogen requirements of the crops going forward and are optimistic about the possibility of a positive spring rainfall forecast.  

BCG continues to consolidate and share research into nitrogen management. When planning your nitrogen strategy, I recommend our latest article that explores crop nutrition, thermal time and decision support tools. 

As farmers, we are very pleased with the advancements made in the no till system. The technology, machinery, and the agronomic advice have significantly contributed to the successful emergence of our dry-sown crops. These are industry advancements we can all take pride in.  

I’m excited to invite you to BCG’s Main Field Day this year, which will be held on September 11 at Nullawil. We have some exciting new developments in technology to share and will be discussing 25 trials across our program. I look forward to seeing you there! 

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