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Managing blackleg trial update

BCG are undertaking a trial aiming to identify strategies to manage canola blackleg upper canopy infection in the Southern Mallee. Strategies include – varieties (ATR Bonito, ATR Stingray, Hyola350TT), sowing/flowering date (late March, late April sowing), fungicide timing.

BCG preliminary results from member-funded trial – Canola Varieties (Southern Mallee)

© BCG preliminary variety data may not be copied or reproduced in any form and is subject to changes with further analyses. It is for the benefit of BCG members only. Disclosing, copying or distributing is strictly prohibited. Aim:                                  […]

Member trials update

In total, BCG has established 130 research trials this year at more than 20 sites across the Wimmera, Mallee and North Central regions. The highlight for many BCG Members each year are those trials funded by the payment of their membership. The aim of this research is to focus on topical, local issues that growers […]

Inoculating chickpeas – what technique works for me?

Take home messages There is a benefit in inoculating chickpeas where there are limited rhizobia present in the soil. Granular inoculants present an opportunity to assist with sowing logistics, with no reduction in nodulation or yield. It is important to understand how your seeding system may impact on efficacy of inoculants, including liquid placement, seed […]
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Pulse variety performance in North Central Victoria

Take home messages Field peas and vetch performed best in this low rainfall year. While yields and profit were not great this season, the majority ‘broke even’, therefore pulses will have a fit in the farming system in this region with additional benefits achieved in the following crop. Always consider varietal performance over several seasons […]
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Technical Bulletin – 25 October 2018

In the Mallee, a few headers have started harvesting barley, some desiccation is occurring and in general, grub spraying is happening in pulses and canola. Harvest is three to four weeks away in the Wimmera and re-growth from recent rain is causing issues in hay paddocks not sprayed prior. In the west Wimmera, windrowing is […]
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Technical Bulletin – 3 October 2018

Paddocks in the Mallee have been cut for hay and baling is underway. Insects are being controlled in pulses. The dry September and frosty conditions have decreased yield potential in the Wimmera and many are deciding how to proceed with crops, while those equipped to do hay have already cut. Table 1. Rainfall and deciles […]
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Technical Bulletin – 19 September 2018

Warm spring days in the past fortnight have not been kind to the crops (not to mention Saturday’s wind!). Many paddocks are being cut for hay. In the Mallee, frost and wind on the weekend have further reduced any potential that was there. In the Wimmera, crops in general are hanging on in comparison to […]
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BCG Special Technical Bulletin – Yield assessments of hay versus grain

This Special Technical Bulletin has been compiled to provide members with additional information to aid in the decision-making process. Current climatic models are predicting a drier than average spring (decile 1-3). Crops in the Mallee in particular, have limited subsoil moisture and have received below average growing season rainfall. If sufficient biomass exists, cutting a […]
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Technical Bulletin – 5 September 2018

Last week’s promising rainfall forecast resulted in mixed results throughout the district. Parts of the Wimmera were fortunate enough to receive 10-20mm of rain which has kept crops ticking along. Throughout the Mallee the totals were disappointing, with the need for some rain becoming desperate in parts. The forecast warm conditions this week into early […]
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Technical Bulletin – 22 August 2018

An eventual break in the windy conditions in the past fortnight has allowed many growers to get back into the spraying program. In the Mallee, a number of tree lines and headlands are starting to show signs of moisture stress, which is not a good sign for the remainder of paddocks in the coming weeks. […]
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