Farmer in Focus – Spencer Allan

This month BCG caught up with Wycheproof-Narraport Farmer, Spencer Allan. Luckily, the recent rains which have swept through the region meant that Spenno had some time on his hands during the busy sowing period to chat to us about the farm, family and football. Can you give us a bit of background on yourself and […]

An Introduction to The Managing Brome in Canola Trial

What options will we have to manage brome once it becomes resistant to Group B herbicides?  The answer to this question being investigated by the Managing Brome in Canola Trial managed by Dr Gurjeet Gill, from the University of Adelaide, and funded by GRDC. The trial is investigating the use of combinations of management practices […]

BCG Main Site Trials for 2020

With sowing for the 2020 season well underway and the 2020 Main Site announced in February, we can now give you a run-down of some of the trials which will be at the 2020 Main Site at Curyo as well as trials which will be at the Wimmera Main Site at Rupanyup.  Starting with the Mallee, once again BCG are sowing wheat, barley, canola, lentils, chickpea, field pea and vetch at our Main Site at Curyo, these trials […]

A WORD FROM THE CEO: Picking a Winner

Picking a winner is hard. Our BCG staff social punters’ club is evidence of that. (Full disclosure of personal monies spent available from James (Waterhouse) Murray.)   Since returning to BCG, I have enjoyed re-connecting with farmers across the region, discussing with them their businesses, challenges and successes. What has become evident is that in […]

A WORD FROM THE CHAIR: Business Not as Usual

It seems our lives are on pause coping with COVID-19, however, in the agricultural space, we are endeavouring, with the modification of on farm operations, to continue to produce food for Australia and the world. The workload on farm recently has been as normal as possible, with the grading of lambs and dispatching to the […]

Farmer in Focus – Bailey Petering

Can you give us a bit of background on yourself and your farm?  I was raised here on the family farm, Wilgara Park in Coromby near Murtoa. After finishing school I went up north for a year working on a cattle station near Oodnadatta, which was a great experience. I learned some good practical skills that I’ve been able to use here. One of the guys had some welding experience […]

BCG Goes Abroad!

Earlier this year, before COVID-19 and being in ‘iso’ were part of our everyday vocabulary and world travel was still allowed, BCG’s project officer Kate Finger flew to Napoli in Italy to attend a plenary meeting for the ‘COpernicus Applications and services for Low impact agriculture in Australia’ (COALA) project.Through the utilisation of data provided […]

The same spirit, nearly 30 years later

Three decades ago, a group of local farmers was inspired to form a discussion group which would evolve to become the Birchip Cropping Group. Recently appointed CEO, Fiona Best, one of the early employees of BCG, felt that current staff would benefit from hearing of the beginnings of the organization and its initial inspiration. She […]

Make better decisions with Yield Prophet

Yield Prophet is an agricultural decision-support tool that can help you achieve more from your land and limited resources (like rainfall). Yield Prophet bridges state- of-art agricultural and climate science with practical on-the-ground decision making by providing a user-friendly interface to The Agricultural Production Systems siMulator (APSIM). APSIM is a highly agricultural model developed and […]

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at the GRDC Research Updates

BCG Staff Member Kelly Angel recently travelled to Bendigo to host a panel discussion alongside industry experts Greg Toomey (Nutrien Ag Solutions) and Craig Drum (Dagro) as part of the ongoing ‘Sustainable use of insecticides in the southern region’ project being undertaken by BCG in collaboration with the GRDC.  The aim of the project is to provide […]

“Protein, Protein, Protein…. and a Nutrient Rich Diet!”

On Thursday, 12 March, BCG hosted the final event of the ‘Using standing crops to finish lambs and improve summer groundcover and soil health’ project at the Warracknabeal Anzac Park Community Centre. The eighteen-month project funded by the Australian Government National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants, was developed by BCG and delivered in partnership with […]

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