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Register your weather station for best results

For a limited time, farmers can register their weather station/s for a free data checking service called ObsCheck. To register contact BCG Project Manager—Research, Kate Finger on 0448 823 353 or [email protected] On-farm weather stations and soil moisture probe technologies are valuable tools when making weather-sensitive farming operation decisions including sowing, spraying, spreading, hay production, […]

Realising benefits from sheep eIDs

In the second year of data collection for the MLA funded ‘Realising benefits from sheep eIDs’ producer demonstration project, some results are starting to show across the range of farms participating. Round one projects (2020 intake) results from two years of data collection are now being consolidated, with the round two projects (2021 intake) in […]

My BCG Journey – Dr Zvi Hochman

From the very first moment I attended the 2001 Australian Agronomy Conference in Hobart and heard Ian McClelland present his keynote address, I have been a huge fan of BCG.  Ian’s presentation on ‘Farmers Determining Their Own Destiny’ was memorable. Eighteen years later, I can still recall his opening statement: “Tell me and I forget, […]

Back to the beginning

From the outset I wish to say how exciting it is to be back at BCG. When I moved to Birchip in 2001, fresh from the lecture theatres of Bill Malcolm, I intended to stay for twelve months and then move on to (perceived) bigger and better things – most likely internationally. As a twenty-two-year-old, […]

Birchip Cropping Group appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) has announced the appointment of Ms. Fiona Best as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ms. Best, who replaces former CEO Chris Sounness, will commence her new role at BCG immediately. John Ferrier, Chairman of the BCG Board, says that Ms. Best’s appointment will ensure BCG maintains its position at the […]

Everyone has a role to play in addressing climate change

Everyone has a role to play in addressing climate change by reducing fossil fuel emissions. That’s the message esteemed Professor Mark Howden will deliver in his keynote speech to next week’s Building Climate Resilience event at Birchip. Prof Howden, who is director of the Australian National University Climate Change Institute, a Vice Chair of the […]

Perspectives on Regional Regeneration

The phenomenon of people leaving rural communities for cities is not unique to Australian regions like the Wimmera-Mallee. But it can be slowed or even reversed, according to fourth-generation West Australian farmer Stuart McAlpine, who will be one of the speakers at a Building Climate Resilience event at the Birchip Town Hall on October 29. […]

Open conversations needed to build on resilient rural communities

Farmers, businesses and people living in rural communities will be urged to engage more openly and more often with city folk and policy makers, during a public event in Birchip next week. Keynote speaker Gabrielle Chan, a political journalist and author, said open conversations about adapting to climate change were necessary to ensure decisions were […]

Understanding weather patterns helps adaption

Climate experts are more confident about higher temperatures under climate change than they are about what the weather might do at your place in 10 days’ time. Agriculture Victoria climate specialist Graeme Anderson said climate change would bring challenges but also offered opportunities for farmers and businesses that were well-prepared. Mr Anderson, who leads the […]

On my farm: Pru Cook

Pru Cook may be well known to many in the Wimmera, but she shares a bit more about life, work and the family farm in this edition of On My Farm. Tell us about your background: where are you from? I was raised in Diapur, in between Nhill and Kaniva. My sister, brother and I […]

Farm in Focus – Tyson Vivian

This edition of ‘Farm in Focus’ catches up with Kaniva farmer, Tyson Vivian. Tell us a bit about the structure of the farm I farm with my wife Carin, my parents, Peter and Sharon, and my brother and his wife, Shane and Sammie. We’ve both got three kids. You could say Dad’s semi-retired, but he’s […]

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