Birchip Cropping Group Inc. (BCG) is a not-for-profit agricultural research and extension organisation led by farmers from the Wimmera, Mallee and North Central regions of Victoria. Our mission is to improve the prosperity of farmers and agricultural communities through farmer-driven innovation, research and extension.
Recognised both nationally and internationally by the industry as a credible, independent and innovative organisation, BCG’s research and communication activities provide evidence, support and tools for improving farm management practices and profitability.
BCG has been integral in the adoption of new agronomic technologies and farming practices; and continues to help farmers make decisions, develop risk management strategies, increase profits and operate sustainable farming operations.
BCG members enjoy access to premium information, including technical bulletin, BCG Season Research Results and free entry to flagship events.
BCG supports Australia’s broadacre farmers by publicly advocating for their communities, businesses, practices, tools and resources. To do this, we provide position statements on issues relevant to our members.
In 1992 a group of Birchip and district farmers who were keen to see agricultural research in their region, established the Birchip Cropping Demonstration Sites (later to become BCG). Initially, their motivation was to see how grain varieties, pulse crops and agricultural products performed in local soils and conditions, and to share this information for the betterment of grain growers in the region. Local farmer, Trevor Grogan, donated 16 hectares (40 acres) of land which hosted research trials. Canola and lentils were demonstrated in the southern Mallee for the first time and Rob Velthuis provided agronomic support to the group in establishing and managing agronomic trials. The initiative proved an exceptional success with over 500 people attending the first field day, clearly demonstrating a thirst for local, farmer-driven agricultural research.
From these humble beginnings, BCG has grown both in size and stature, now boasting 20 staff, over 400 members and a strong reputation for exceptional field research and professional extension activities. Today BCG research trial sites are established across the Wimmera and Mallee, with trials looking at all aspects of farming including agronomics, farming systems (including livestock), climate, plant nutrition, crop diseases, weed and pest management and risk management.
BCG exists for its members. Research and extension activities are designed to provide members with information and resources that will help them improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of their farm businesses.