Farmer in Focus – Edward Rickard, Curyo

Edward returned to the family cropping property at Curyo nearly 12 months ago. Prior to that, he has worked in Melbourne and London, travelled overseas and completed a Business degree from RMIT and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification in Melbourne. Please tell us about your farming operation Dad (James), Mum (Patrice), my brother (Matthew) […]

BCG staff recognised

BCG staff members Alison Frischke and Chris Cook were recognised for ten and five years of service respectively at BCG’s Trials Review Day held in February. CEO Fiona Best said “Alison and Chris are committed BCG staff members who deliver high quality outcomes for our members and partners. BCG is very fortunate to have such knowledgeable people in our team willing to […]

Meet the team – James Taylor

BCG is pleased to welcome its newest team member James Taylor. Hailing from Serpentine in North West Victoria and a Agricultural Science graduate, James is taking on a Research Agronomist role.  What is your background?  Joining BCG from a role with MLA (Meat and Livestock Australia) in the Sheep Genetics team where I supported sheep breeders to get the most […]

Research and extension in 2021

We’re excited to be implementing the Research and Extension program in 2021 and while not all the locations and dates are confirmed, here’s an initial list: Research & Extension Projects:GRDC, Plant Establishment – WimmeraAgriFutures, Oaten Hay Agronomy – WimmeraMurray Dairy, Fodder for the Future – North CentralNational Landcare Program, Validating the benefits of multispecies cover cropping […]

The latest local research at BCG’s Trials Review Day

BCG members are invited to hear the latest results from trial sites across the Mallee, Wimmera and North Central Victoria at BCG’s Trial Review Day on Friday 19 February at the Birchip Community Leisure Centre.  BCG staff, renowned researchers, industry experts and growers will share their research, knowledge and experiences in a day designed specifically […]

BCG Trials Review Day goes digital

BCG members can expect some exciting new features at Trials Review Day in 2021 on Friday 19 February at the Birchip Leisure Centre. Plans are still underway for a face-to-face event however the day will also be livestreamed for the first time ever so no one misses out. “We’re continuously hearing from our members and […]

Increased research capacity at BCG

BCG’s research program is the result of years of planning and harvest represents the final step in a year of monitoring, inputs and assessments.   “Trials are sown in a range of sowing conditions including various stubble loads, different weed pressures and varying soil nutrition status so it represents the real-world farming systems that are employed in the […]

2021 BCG Trials Review Day

Good sowing programs take into account in-season factors such as weather, disease and pest pressure, input costs and market behaviour.  BCG Trials Review Day, held on Friday 19 February 2021, will address such topics giving growers and advisors independent, statistically rigorous results addresses to enable them to complete their 2021 and future sowing programs with confidence.   The 2021 BCG research program amounts to approximately 10 000 plots and extends across 39 […]

2021 Rhodes scholarship awarded to BCG Research Agronomist

BCG’s Research Agronomist, Kate Maddern, has been awarded the prestigious Victorian Rhodes Scholarship for 2021. The news was announced by the Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, on Saturday 31 October via Twitter after a comprehensive selection process from a field of approximately 40 applicants. “We are extremely proud of, and excited for, […]

Farmer in Focus – Joel Donnan

It’s hard not to think about the role of genetics when talking to Joel Donnan because his passion for stud sheep and the fact that he’s a fifth-generation farmer all suggest ‘it’s in the blood’.  Joel farms at Willangie—in between Birchip, Sea Lake and Woomelang in north west Victoria—with his parents, Andrew and Denita, his brother Trent, wife Lauren and their two children, Leni and Arlo.   The highly successful Anden Stud comprises of […]

Farmer in Focus – Georgina Warne

Georgina Warne is part of the next generation of young farmers across the Wimmera and Mallee who have moved home to work side by side with their parents. BCG were excited to catch up to talk about her farming journey.  Thanks for agreeing to be this month’s Farmer in Focus Georgina. Can you tell us about yourself and […]

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