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Native grasses: friend or foe?

There are around 1000 species of native grasses in Australia.  They are mostly perennial, naturally adapted to our local conditions, tolerate low soil fertility and are drought resistant.  As grasslands, they support a rich diversity of fauna and play an important role in maintaining soil health.  From an agricultural perspective, native grasses have often been […]

Calculating canola seeding rates

The time for sowing canola is upon us, making it important to revisit our understanding on seeding rates. Getting this right is critical to ensure we reach our target plant density. It must be mentioned that calculating seeding rates for canola is different to wheat. You will most likely be receiving canola seed from suppliers […]

Effective stock containment areas in Grain and Graze systems

Managing the autumn feed gap is something northern Victorian farmers are coping with better this year thanks to an initiative delivered by BCG through the Grain & Graze 2 program and with support from the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA). This time of year is often challenging for mixed farmers who are sowing winter crops […]

Controlling fleabane

The control of flaxleaf fleabane was a hot topic at BCG’s 2012 Travelling Trials Roadshow. The hardy perennial weed has proliferated throughout the Mallee and Wimmera since the 2010 and 2011 floods, and as farmers are discovering, it is not a simple weed to manage. The best way to control fleabane, which saps both nutrients […]

BCG commences the 2012 season

BCG commences the 2012 season BCG has sown the first seeds for the 2012 season. The sowing program began at the main research site, 8km west of Birchip on Friday 9 March. The program commenced with a time of sowing canola trial, and was followed by an early sown wheat, vetch termination and vetch end use […]

Trials results examined

Trials results examined Farmers from across the Wimmera and Mallee gathered at Birchip last week to hear how locally conducted agricultural research could potentially improve the productivity and profitability of their farm business. Held last Friday (February 17), BCG’s annual Trials Review Day attracted a crowd of about 180 growers and agricultural specialists. During the […]

Yield Prophet predicts a 6t wheat crop

Yield Prophet predicts a 6t wheat crop A six tonne wheat crop in the Southern Mallee is a rare event.      The lucky farmer, a seasoned operator, not surprisingly, was sceptical about the validity of his Yield Prophet report of August 27. An 80% chance of achieving at least six tonnes per hectare at […]

BCG Main Field Day successfully asked “what if?”

BCG Main Field Day successfully asked ‘what if?’ The BCG Main Field Day held at Corack on Thursday 15 September was a hit for the local farming community. The sun was shining, the trial site looked spectacular and there was a buzz amongst the farmers and industry representatives who attended. Crowd numbers were in excess […]

Stem Rust Report – Evaluation of different foliar fungicides for the control of Stem Rust.

Stem Rust Report – Evaluation of different foliar fungicides for the control of Stem Rust. Download Evaluation of different foliar fungicides for the control of stem rust in wheat – Part 1  Download Evaluation of different foliar fungicides for the control of stem rust in wheat – Part 2  Download Evaluation of different foliar fungicides […]

BCG Board Meeting Update

The BCG Board Meeting on June 24th was the first following the AGM and as such included the election of officers. After 18 years as Treasurer, John Ferrier has stepped down and Noel Meney takes over this important role. As a CPA, registered auditor and a managing partner in Poole & Associates, Noel will bring […]

Canola emergence issues; our BCG experience!

Last Saturday (28.5.11) BCG inspected the canola variety trial at Corack and found that only the odd canola seedling had emerged.  A number of reasons for the poor emergence came to mind along with the painful thought of re-sowing. Discussions with growers during the week highlighted similar experiences. Possible reasons for the poor emergence were, […]

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