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Better Frost Decision Workshop – Kaniva rescheduled

The Kaniva Better Frost Decision Workshop, to be held next Wednesday, has been rescheduled to this spring. BCG apologises for any inconvenience this has cause. The rescheduling however provides an opportunity for Kaniva growers to greatly influence the topics covered on the day. BCG would like to hear from local growers regarding what information they […]

BCG’s Trials Review Day hailed best yet

BCG’s Trials Review Day, held at the Birchip Leisure Centre last Friday, is being hailed by many attendees as “the best yet”. Growers and advisers attended the event either face-to-face or virtually and enjoyed the well thought-out program. Birchip grower Lach Barber said the quality of the event was exceptional: “The relevant science unveiled on […]

Neutral to positive N most profitable

Dr James Hunt from La Trobe University will present at BCG’s Trials Review Day this Friday results of three years of research into nitrogen management systems designed to sustainably increase crop yields. “Australian wheat yields are only half what they could be for the rainfall received. Nitrogen [N] deficiency is the single biggest factor contributing to this […]

Taking the guess work out of herbicide residues

At BCG’s Trials Review Day, on Friday 19 February, growers will learn the key tools and strategies that can be used to assess their herbicide residue prior to sowing. Dr Mick Rose from News South Wales DPI and BCG’s Kelly Angel will share results from the recently concluded Grains Research and Development Corporation project that […]

The economics of blackleg control

Australia’s oilseed expert, Dr Steve Macroft, will discuss the economics of managing blackleg at BCG’s Trials Review Day on Friday 19th of February at the Birchip Leisure Centre. Research into blackleg control has shown new fungicide actives and timing recommendations have produced large yield responses. However, these are variable ranging from nil to 20% yield […]

New pre-emergent chemistry at BCG Trials Review Day

Dr Chris Preston, Weed Management Professor at The University of Adelaide, will discuss how growers can best fit new pre-emergent chemistries into their farming system and how to manage them for longevity at BCG’s Trials Review Day on Friday 19th of February at the Birchip Leisure Centre. New pre-emergent grass herbicides Devrinol-C (Group K), Luximax […]

Changing the farming paradigm

Newly appointed BCG Board Member, renowned chef and restaurateur Stefano de Pieri, hopes to change the farming paradigm of the Wimmera Mallee and that’s just the beginning. “There is a disconnect about what is being produced and how it is being consumed. We are very good at producing and then rely on others to move […]

How do you measure your harvest loss?

This was a question that BCG wanted growers across Australia to be thinking about this harvest.  Through a GRDC Twitter and Facebook campaign developed by BCG as part of the GRDC Harvester Set-Up Project – growers nationally were encouraged to discuss/think about what method they were using to measure harvest loss but also make checking harvest losses at least twice daily and when conditions changed as clockwork as morning and afternoon tea.   Why? It is estimated that harvest […]

Engagement encouraged at BCG AGM

BCG’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday the 10th of December at 7pm in the BCG conference room, 73 Cumming Avenue Birchip.  BCG CEO Fiona Best welcomes all members to the meeting: “The AGM is a valuable way for BCG to engage with its members. We want our members to feel supported by the organisation and […]

Meet the Team – Janine Batters

Welcome back to BCG! What have you been doing professionally prior to taking up this role? (and what are you still doing?) It is great to be back at BCG. I have been fortunate to have been able to pursue my interest in journalism working at the North Central News in St. Arnaud for a […]

BCG honours oilseeds disease expert Steve Marcroft

Oilseeds disease expert Steve Marcroft has been honoured by BCG with the Harm van Rees Award for his efforts to minimise canola disease. BCG CEO Fiona Best said: “Steve has been instrumental in developing many practices currently used in Australia to minimise disease in canola, particularly the impact of blackleg which wiped out crops in the […]

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