The BCG Research Team are undertaking trials across the Wimmera Mallee and are constantly on the look-out for timely, topical and technical information in the paddocks.

Agronomic practices are a vital part of farming systems. These are practices that farmers incorporate to improve soil quality, enhance water use efficiency, manage crops and improve the environment.

Agronomy BLOG - Updates from the field

BCG Main Field Site – Time of Sowing x Variety

24 July 2020 - Gen Clarke


A few comparative images showing the difference in biomass in Oat Varieties at our Main Field Site at Curyo.

Main Site – Curyo – TOS Canola Varities

24 July 2020 - James Murray

Hyola 350TT and ATR Bonito Canola at Curyo sown 31/3, 22/4, 5/5. The optimal start of flowering date for canola in Birchip is 26 July. Both varieties sown 22nd April will nail this optimal flowering date, the 31/3 sown ATR Bonito has also flowered close to this date. The quicker maturing Hyola 350TT has flowered slightly earlier when sown 31/3 however still within the acceptable range of 33 days within the optimum date (10/7-11/8). The 5th of May sown crops will both likely flower too late and miss this optimal flowering window.

Timok vetch sown 9th April, 22nd April, 5th May. Showing large vigour and biomass differences. Will be interesting to see implications for disease management and hay cut time as the season progresses.

21 July 2020 - James Murray

Yellow tipped leaves in barley – Pyramid Hill

21 July 2020 - James Murray

Yellow tipping of leaves was observed in a number of barley varieties at Pyramid Hill, Spartacus CL pictured. This is characteristic of what this variety and some others closely related show at this time of year. Be sure to correctly diagnose any potential nutritional deficiencies or disease issues before addressing these, as it may just be leaf tipping. The crop will likely grow out of this as the season progresses. See an article form InterGrain from last year.

Blackleg upper canopy trial

27 May 2020 - Kelly Angel

Canola flower at Curyo

Photo taken at the main site yesterday. Hyola 350TT punching out its first flower, the rest of the plot is well and truly bolting.

This plant is part of a trial looking at upper canopy blackleg infection from different times of sowing, sown April 9… it’s just too early. 

Good example of the need to match phenology to sowing date – how many other examples of this will we see this year given the early rains?

Pyramid Hill Trials

27 May 2020 - Claire Browne

Pyramid Hill TOS1 emerged and TOS2 being sown on 26 May.  GRDC Pulse agronomy trials and BCG trials

Keep an eye out for Mice

26 May 2020 - Tom Draffen

Reports indicate there are still plenty of mice around. Anecdotally later harvested barley paddocks along with pulse paddocks appear to be worse. Keep monitoring paddocks, as there are reports of paddocks that have been baited and still finding plenty of activity.

Rolling Pulses

26 May 2020 - Tom Draffen

Cool and damp conditions are ideal for rolling pulses, remember there needs to be a 7-day window after rolling and before grass sprays.

Paddock Inspections

26 May 2020 - Tom Draffen

It is important to go back and check emerging crops, not only for weed or insect issues but any seeder mishaps while there is still time to rectify them. It’s also a good opportunity to see how your seeding system is working and if you are achieving your targeted sowing rates. – Claire Brown, BCG

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