Is intercropping vetch in the Mallee a good idea?

Many growers around the world successfully implement temporary intercropping to improve their crop yields, weed competition, harvestability, disease management and nitrogen inputs (Bedoussac et al. 2015). Studies however are often based in organic farming situations, mixed farming systems or areas that receive higher annual rainfall totals than the Victorian Mallee.  BCG is interested to learn […]

Gibberellic acid in vetch

BCG have established a trial at Pyramid Hill in North Central Victoria with funding from the GRDC and Agriculture Victoria, investigating Gibberellic Acid (GA) applications on two vetch varieties, Morava and Popany at two application timings. GA is a plant hormone that promotes cell elongation and consequently increases plant growth. It is commonly used in […]

Checking in on N Fixation in Pulses

Nitrogen (N) fixed by rhizobia has a huge benefit in the rotation for subsequent crops. So inoculating pulses correctly and ensuring adequate nodulation occurs can be very important. Factors that can affect rhizobia survival and consequently how well the inoculating process worked are typically environmental stresses such as heat, toxic chemicals and acidic conditions.   In the North Central region of Victoria pulses […]

Farmer in Focus – Tim McClelland

Tim McClelland farms with his wife Julie, his Dad Ian and his Aunt Ros. They farm a mixed farming enterprise with 6500 ha of land, 1500 ha of that for pasture which services 3500 breeding ewes.  A second property at Mortlake has 5600 breeding ewes on 1250ha with the beginning of a little bit of […]

Lentil tolerance to Brodal Options

Take home messages PBA Jumbo2 showed the greatest visual damage from Brodal Options® application. In this season, and under good spray conditions Brodal Options® did not affect yield. Background Brodal Options® (diflufenican) is an important herbicide for the in-crop manangement of broadleaf weeds (controls wild radish, hedge mustard, turnip, deadnettle, prickly lettuce and gives suppression […]
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How to cope with Heliotrope

18 February 2019 In a commercial situation roundup rates are often around 1L/ha to 1.3L/ha, as growers are targeting a broad range of weeds. To identify the true efficacy of the adjuvants, a lower rate of glyphosate was used, this provided a unique opportunity to assess the adjuvants 8 February 2019 – Heliotrope life cycle  […]
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Farm in Focus – Ken and Kathleen Dodds

Ken and Kathleen Dodds farm at Lorquon in the West Wimmera. Their farming business is comprised of cropping and hay enterprises. They have received 210mm for the year to date and 175mm over the growing season (April to October). Given the conditions this year, what decisions have you made? Some paddocks were affected by dry […]

Russian Wheat Aphids reported in northern Mallee

Growers are being urged to keep up their crop inspections after recent reports of Russian wheat aphid (RWA) activity in wheat crops in the northern Mallee, particularly around Tooleybuc and Balranald. Predominately detected in crops not treated with Gaucho® at sowing, growers should prioritise inspecting these paddocks and look for aphids at the base of […]

On my farm: Brooke Bennett

BCG recently welcomed research and extension officer Brooke Bennett to the team. Raised on a farm at Mia Mia in Central Victoria, Brooke joins the team after completing her Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences at La Trobe University in 2017. Mia Mia is a very small town with a population of about 250 people. After finishing […]

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