35 days until the BCG Main Field Day

The countdown is on for Birchip Cropping Group’s 2021 Main Field Day on Wednesday 8 September at Watchupga. This one-day event is a chance for BCG to share its latest applied, in-field research directly with members and industry.   The trials extend across two sites this year on different soil types: a vetch hay stubble and a barley stubble. […]

Future of agriculture discussed in Birchip on 12 August

CSIRO’s Director of Agriculture and Food, Dr Michiel van Lookeren Campagne will speak at BCG’s Chair’s Breakfast on Thursday 12 August at the Birchip Community Leisure Centre. His presentation, The future of agriculture and a scan of the horizon of what is to come, will provide CSIRO’s vision for food and agriculture and how it […]

Farmer in Focus – Kate Cowan, Sheep Hills

Can you give us a bit of background of yourself and your farm?I grew up on a mixed farming property at Laharum. I met my husband 15 years ago and started helping him on his grain property at Sheep Hills in the holidays and weekends. I studied a Bachelor of Education and taught at Warracknabeal […]

Sustainable soil discussion at Sea Lake

An enthusiastic group of agri-women met at The Juke Restaurant in Sea Lake on Wednesday the 9th of June to learn how to best support sustainable soils in the region. The event was part of the  Growth, Adoption, Productivity and Profit (GAPP) discussion group meetings and was supported by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority, and the Smart Farms -Small Grants stream through funding from the Australian Governments National Landcare Program.  Facilitated by BCG’s Kate Maddern […]

CSIRO’s Director of Agriculture and Food to visit Birchip Cropping Group

CSIRO’s Director of Agriculture and Food is guest speaker at BCG’s 2021 Chair’s Breakfast on Thursday 12 August in Birchip.   Dr Michiel van Lookeren Campagne, will address the audience regarding the CSIRO’s vision to solve Australia’s greatest challenges through innovative science and technology and how it applies to growers in the Wimmera, Mallee and North Central regions of Victoria.   “In Australian agriculture, the CSIRO has played an important role in developing farming practices and grains research. […]

Three new research opportunities at BCG

Three BCG staff have received an exciting opportunity to pursue their own ideas for research thanks the generous support of the Hugh DT Williamson Foundation. Brooke Bennett, Genevieve Clarke and Kate Finger have each received a scholarship worth $30 000 to deliver a project of their own design and choosing based on the needs of […]

Engineering students visit Lubeck and Jil Jil

By Sebastian Costelloe BCG recently played host to 15 first year Masters students and staff from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Melbourne. The group, studying Engineering Management, travelled to Birchip on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 April as part of the AgTIDE Education and Training project. They were joined […]

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 […]

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