The highly regarded BCG Trials Review Day was held on Friday February 14 at the Birchip Leisure Centre. More than 160 farmers and advisors from across the Wimmera Mallee attended the timely event which extended the latest research, technology and decision-making tools to help attendees make informed decisions leading into this year’s sowing program.
Attendees were presented with a broad range of topics including seeder set up and plant establishment, grazing standing crops for finishing lambs, grain variety performance and management, aerial blackleg management, innovative nitrogen systems and the all-important soil moisture update from Agriculture Victoria’s Dale Boyd.
Rupanyup grower Ash Teasdale and Lubeck’s Charlie Taylor’s shared their experiences in the Harvest Weed Seed Control farmer-led session at the start the day. With Ash and Charlie being early adopters of the technology, both were able to give a clear insight, from a grower’s point of view, of how the Seed Terminator and iHSD performed last harvest.
BCG CEO Fiona Best said the session was well received:
“Growers always like to hear from other growers and this presentation was no different. Charlie and Ash were open in what worked, what didn’t and how they hoped to overcome those challenges using the Seed Terminator and iHSD going forward.
“BCG is passionate about providing farmers with the tools and knowledge to continually improve their farm management practices as required to remain profitable and sustainable into the future.
“BCG is a unique organisation, started by farmers for farmers, and we believe the breadth of knowledge our members possess is invaluable.
“Farmer-led sessions like Harvest Weed Seed Control is just one of the ways BCG is tapping into the extensive knowledge of our members in order to help farmers make decisions, develop risk management strategies, increase profits and operate sustainable farming operations,” Fiona said.
The member only event is a culmination of a year’s work of trials and research results. The information is brought together for the day for growers and advisers to consider how to readily apply the learning’s on farm. It is also a celebration, not only for the BCG team, but also for members and sponsors to come together and share ideas and observations.
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